Little Academes

A Semester in a Week

"This spring break I spent one of the best weeks ever with my fellow theatre majors and professors. I got to act on a professional stage, watch professional actors rehearse and perform, sharpen my talents, and learn just how much I really love Shakespearean theatre." -- March 2013 Little Academe Participant

Bring your students to the Blackfriars Playhouse to see the process, enjoy the shows, and work with the actors and scholars. Your students will get a course in a few days that they couldn't get elsewhere in a month.The cost to your students for up to 5 plays, workshops, rehearsal passes, classroom pace, and lodging in downtown Staunton will be less than any other theatre trip you might plan. Those instructors bringing 15 students or more are eligible for special incentives. View our full Workshop Menu to find out more about our educational offerings.

"The chatter on the train back from Staunton was all about you and Shakespeare and the actors and what they want to do when they get back - change their majors, go to more plays, go to graduate school."
-Visiting Professor Terri Bourus

Begin booking your visit today - fill out our Reservation Interest Form and Group Sales will contact you to lock in your reservation.  A 25% nonrefundable deposit is required to confirm your reservation, but a final headcount isn't due until 21 days before your visit!  Please contact Group Sales at or 540.885.5588 ext. 24 if you have any questions regarding the planning of your Little Academe.

Resident faculty and visiting scholars have included: Ralph Alan Cohen, Colleen Kelly, Tiffany Stern, Paul Menzer, William P. Williams, Giles Block, Don Weingust, Carol Levine, Patrick Tucker, Jenny Tiramani, Barbara Palmer, and Lois Potter.

Past, Present and Future Participating Schools include: Baldwin-Wallace College, Colorado College, Connecticut College, Flagler College, Indiana Wesleyan University, Loyola College, Penn State, Randolph College, Schenectady County Community College, Tufts University, Tusculum College, University of South Dakota, Vassar College, Villanova University, West Virginia University, and Widener University.

"This may have been the most successful trip I've ever taken with students. They were so ecstatic. The Monday after we returned, I had them report their experiences to their fellow students, and I wish you could have seen their enthusiasm. They talked over one another trying to explain all the things they'd learned and all the things they'd loved. Their enthusiasm was wonderful, and I can't thank you folks enough for that." -- Sheila Morton, Tusculum College, February 2012 Little Academe participant

Looking for a place to stay in Staunton during your Little Academe? The Stonewall Jackson Hotel is offering a special rate for ASC Education events!