The Winters Shakespeare Workshop, WSW, a summer youth program of the Winters Friends of the Library, has presented professional quality, free, outdoor Shakespeare performances, with live original music for 19 seasons.
Each summer at least 30 local teens participate in each summer’s theatrical adventure. (Read more about the WSW Summer 2017 Program and how to apply here)
Between 17 and 26 teens have participated as actors in each production, working with our professional director, music director and choreographer to hone their performing skills and mount a full production of a play by Shakespeare.
An additional 5-6 teens participate in the tech side; working on sound, lights, sets, costumes, props.
Our band of up to 10 musicians, working with Musical Director, Laura Sandage, also includes teen musicians each year.
WSW brings jobs for young people to our community.
When actors ‘graduate’ from our program (by turning 20) they often come back to work for us. We offer them the opportunity to earn some money and develop their professional skills. Each summer we hire 2 Production Managers, an assistant director, and a costumer who are typically WSW alums attending college and home for the summer.
Some years we have hired a music intern to learn the ropes beside our musical director, and set designer interns who work with local professional artists and teens to create our amazing sets.
In 2015, we hired two WSW alums, Cara Patton, and Emma Pfanner, to lead weekly Drama Clubs at each of Winters’ four public schools to boost participation and interest in performing arts in our community.
Contact Program Director Mary Lou Linvill at 530.795-3476.