Explore Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

Explore the world of Romeo and Juliet with our 1-day "Shakespearience." Delve into the language, learn about the playwright's world and speak with theatre professionals about the process of working on this play.

American Players Theatre is presenting Romeo and Juliet, directed by James DeVita, as part of the 2014 summer season. Performances run June 20-Oct 4 with tickets available through the APT Box Office. Learn more and purchase tickets at americanplayers.org/plays/romeo-and-juliet.

At a glance

What: Explore Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet

When: Last offered Aug 2, 2014. Check back for next offering.

Where: Union South, 1308 W Dayton St, Madison, WI

Cost: $45

Continuing education credit: 5 hours (0.5 CEUs)

Sarah Marty
Jesse Stommel

Registration closed

For additional information, contact Sarah Marty: 608-263-2790


10:00-10:30am Welcome and Introduction
10:30-11:30am The Poetry of Shakespeare
11:30am–12:30pm Shakespeare in Performance
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-2:30pm Storytelling through Movement
2:30-3:30pm Death in Shakespeare
3:30-4:00pm Discussion and Wrap-Up


Whitney Derendinger’s recent credits include Good People (Stevie) and The Farnsworth Invention with Forward Theater Company, Uncle John in The Grapes of Wrath at UW-Madison, Fred in A Christmas Carol with Children’s Theater of Madison, and Charles the Wrestler in As You Like It at Door Shakespeare. He also portrayed a whole litany of characters in the one-man show Pounding Nails and is an instructor at the CTM Summer Shakespeare Workshop.

Clare Arena Haden received her MFA in acting with a focus on Voice for the Actor from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked as a voice and speech coach, actor, and teaching artist for professional theatres throughout the Midwest, including APT, CTM, First Stage, Renaissance Theaterworks, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Madison Opera. She currently serves as the Oral Communications Specialist at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and is a proud member of AEA, VASTA, and TESOL.

Scott Haden has enjoyed acting for theatres across the country, including American Players Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Writers’ Theatre (Jeff Nomination), Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Theatre at the Center. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. Scott has also spent time on the other side of the curtain, serving as the Managing Director at Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and he is currently the Communications Director at Forward Theater Company in Madison.

R L Widmann has taught Shakespeare for over 40 years at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Colorado Boulder. She also teaches courses on prose by women and is deeply invested in thinking about the intersections between technology and the humanities. She is currently a Reader and research scholar at the Folger Shakespeare library, Washington D.C.