Due to COVID-19 our staff is tele-working. For questions, email academy@gmu.edu. All private lessons and classes are now online.

Advanced Actors Shakespeare Showcase




This very unique and highly intensive program gives actors the experience of performing a full-length virtual production while receiving top-level training. Actors will have the opportunity to develop complex characters while working on a Shakespearean adaptation! Each actor will receive a role and will work as an ensemble to rehearse and record a full-length production. This program is always focused on the ensemble, meaning each actor is given time to shine on the virtual stage.

Note: Openings are limited, so early registration is encouraged.


Ages:  12 – 18
Dates:  July 27 – 31, 2020
Times:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST (M–F)
Tuition:  $225
Location:  Zoom (Details provided in Welcome Letter)


Sample Daily Schedule
Each day will include one snack break.

Auditions • Acting Shakespeare Seminar • Receive Roles • Script Read-through
Acting Workshop • Zoom Blocking Rehearsal • Voice Workshop
Rehearsal • Characterization Workshop • “Creating the World” Environment Seminar
Rehearsal • Production Tech Discussion • Acting Workshop
Final Dress Rehearsal • Recording of Final Presentation




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Ashley Promisel
Read about Ms. Promisel

Ashley Promisel is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Theater Education at Mason. She holds a B.A. in Theatre from CNU, with a focus on acting and lighting design. Ms. Promisel is the theater teacher and director at Key Middle School. Recently, she was seen in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Gogol’s Nose” at GMU, and directed “10 x 10 x 10” in the Mason Players’ Originals! Ashley has been teaching and directing for AFYP’s after school, showcase, and summer camp programs since 2017.

Rebecca Wahls
Read about Ms. Wahls

Rebecca Wahls has worked with AFYP since 2012 teaching for after school, summer camp, and showcase programs. She has appeared in AFYP’s touring shows “A Penny Saved” and “The Adventures of Polly Pedestrian” and directed the production for Pre-K audiences, “Swings and Slides.” Some recent professional directing work includes “Pippin” at the Monumental Theatre Company; “Spills, Midnight Tracks” and “We Found the Wild Things” at Who What Where Theater Collective, where she is co-founder and co-artistic director; and “Billy Shakes and the Big Screen” at AFYP, director and playwright. Ms. Wahls holds a BFA in Acting and Directing from George Mason University where she graduated as Most Outstanding in the Major and received the Students as Scholars Excellence Award for her undergraduate research work on “Dido, Queen of Carthage.”





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