Up to four presentations or up to six workshops. The most popular combination is one presentation and up to four workshops. The length of each program can be tailored to your school’s schedule.
Ron can hold workshops for as few as four students. Performances for fewer than twenty students tend to turn into workshops.
The largest school presentation was to over six hundred high-school students in inner-city Washington, D.C.
Over fifty schools have booked more than one hundred presentations and workshops.
A presentation is a performance that is focused on the performer and that features audience participation. A workshop is more like a class being taught by Shakespeare or by Ron.
Workshops featuring Shakespeare happen from his historical perspective, using his language and personality, in full costume. Workshops on a particular play work especially well from this point of view. Workshops with Ron happen in the present day, from his perspective as an actor and artist. Improvisation workshops work well from this point of view. Workshops frequently feature both, beginning with Shakespeare and transitioning to Ron.
Ron and Optimist Theatre are located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ron has taken Shakespeare as far as Washington, D.C. Distances further than two or three hours from Milwaukee require multiple appearances and travel costs.
If there are no specific play requirements and no other performances scheduled, Shakespeare can be in your school tomorrow. If you need a fully customized program, two to four weeks should be enough time.
Ron likes at least half-an-hour to become Shakespeare. He’s done it in six minutes, but it wasn’t pretty.
Shakespeare may occasionally be accompanied by a photographer, a videographer, or other documentarian. Photos and video are shot only with the permission of the school.
Please do. Shakespeare does an interesting interview, and good press is good for all of us.