• Five weeks in the world-heritage city of Bath
  • Residence in historic town-houses
  • Small classes taught by British and American faculty
  • All-inclusive weekend trip to Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Course-related study trip to London
  • Masterclass with a top-flight British actor
  • Regular attendance at local theatre productions
  • Visits to Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Oxford

June 9 - July 14, 2018

Students with a passionate interest in theatre and performance can choose to enrol for ASE’s Theatre Summer School, where they learn, rehearse and perform alongside both British and American students.

The Theatre School runs alongside our main Summer School and all students share historic housing and use of ASE’s Study Centre. They can also attend whole programme events, including day trips to Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Oxford.

Theatre Summer School comprises two courses: a Core Course, Not Just Shakespeare: British Theatre History; and a Practical Performance Course, Acting, British Style. ASE recommends four credits for each of the two courses, but it is the responsibility of each student to make certain that credit transfer has been approved before leaving for England.

With a maximum class size of fifteen, places fill rapidly. The final deadline for applications is February 15 2018, but you are advised to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

All Theatre School performance classes take place at The Mission Theatre, a venue at the heart of the city of Bath, housing a large well-equipped main auditorium suitable for end-on, thrust or in-the-round productions for up to 100 audience members. Theatre Summer School culminates in a public performance of work devised during the Programme.

Theatre School students spend two days in Stratford-upon-Avon, attending performances by the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, visiting the properties connected to Shakespeare’s life and enjoying a backstage tour of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. They also visit London, including The Globe, to get a taste of theatre in the Capital, and they see a rich variety of amateur and professional productions at Bath- and Bristol-based venues throughout their five-week stay.

Classes are taught collaboratively by a professor from one of ASE’s Affiliate Institutions, and by British faculty and theatre practitioners. For 2018, the US professor is Cheryl McFarren, Associate Professor of Theatre, Denison University, OH. Email:

Preparing for the Restoration Scene in the Final Show
Restoration Comedy
Final Show - Devised Theatre
Outdoor rehearsal in Stratford
Master Class
In Stratford