July 9 - 18 

Rehearse in Edinburgh

Perform in Edinburgh & in historic Birnam Wood

Each year the New York-based Oxford Shakespeare Company chooses 2 or 3 Shakespeare classics to be taught and performed in historic site-specific locations throughout the world.


Actors (union & non-union) from across the US, Canada, UK and EU submit a video audition to the OSC. Those accepted are offered a role in the play, and provide a workshop fee for the training and master classes.


Lines are learnt before the workshops begin. On the starting date, actors meet in the designated city for training and rehearsals. At the end of the week, performances are given.


There are 2 different casts, and ALL actors perform at EACH venue at least once. Plays may be cut to run 90-120 minutes.  



are often planned with former RADA Instructor


who has directed at Shakespeare’s Globe

and has taught Kenneth Branagh, Fiona Shaw,

Mark Rylance, Ralph Fiennes, etc.



The OSC workshops are open to union and non-union actors throughout the world.


Actors are asked to video a one or two-minute monologue in verse from ANY Shakespeare play.  Then send a link to the video (uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, etc)  to destro@oxfordshakespeare.org. There is no deadline, but as videos are received they are evaluated and role offers sent out, so the sooner the better.


You should also email your resume, picture and roles desired (not a guarantee, of course, but helpful for us). Women should include male and female roles since women may be cast in male roles.


If you are accepted, you will receive a role offer. If you accept, you will send in the OSC workshop fee. Since actors travel from all over the world, each arranges their own air travel and accommodation. The OSC often arranges an optional hotel package for those interested.  



The OSC mission is to teach actors how to master the performance of a Shakespeare play.  To that end, actors participate in voice, movement and text exercises mostly developed by artists at RADA and the RSC.  Additional master classes are planned with renowned actors and directors, as well.


In very rare instances, a master class may be modified or cancelled since we employ working artists who are at the mercy of ever-changing schedules.



£240 GBP 



The fine print: All workshop fees are non-refundable, as they represent a commitment to the project, and actor substitutions for a 10-day workshop are very difficult to make.  


It is unlikely, but please note that the trip, class and program itinerary may be subject to change. Due to location restraints, the venues and the towns reserve the right to alter  performance locations. Please note that agreeing to participate in OSC events implies consent to use your likeness in OSC promotional photos, website, videos and OSC documentary. 




from OSC

founding director


Kennedy Center award-winner

who has directed over

40 Shakespeare plays.

Recent Participants:


“It was truly a once in a lifetime experience I will always cherish.”- Alex K.


“This week with the Oxford Shakespeare Company has been the best week of my life. It is the only opportunity I know of where there is a collaboration of UK and US actors and believe that working with actors from other parts of the world has broadened my perspective of how you can approach Shakespeare, making the collaboration, in my opinion, a very strong part of the course’s success. Ron allows you to explore the text and the role you have been given, but also allows other directors and industry professionals to pull you in other directions in more detail, encouraging you to play, investigate and think.  I have loved every single moment and feel honoured to have worked with so many talented and genuine people who all share the same passion that is Theatre. I would recommend this experience to anyone and will remember this week for the rest of my life.” - Emma F.


“One of the most amazing adventures I have ever been on! It was lovely to perform with such a diverse and amazing bunch of actors! And of course... the fantastic director Ron, who was great throughout! If whoever is reading this is thinking about taking part, my advice to you is GO FOR IT, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will stay with you forever!”   - Mia N.

“I have known Ron Destro and the OSC for many years, have participated in several master classes, and highly recommend them. Ron is one of the most dedicated theatre men I’ve ever known.”

-Oscar-winner F Murray Abraham 


“I have been a friend of Ron Destro for some time, and can confirm his great gifts as a writer, director and educator.”

-award--winning actor Michael York



July 9th…

12-2pm  Exercises

2-4pm  Master Acting Class

4-6pm  Table read cast one

6-8pm  Table read cast two


July 10th… 

10-12pm  cast one rehearsal

12-2pm  cast two rehearsal

2-4pm  cast two rehearsal

2-4pm  cast one actor training

4-6pm  cast one rehearsal

4-6pm  cast two actor training


July 11th… 

10-12pm  cast two rehearsal

12-2pm  cast one rehearsal

2-4pm  cast two rehearsal

2-4pm  cast one actor training

4-6pm  cast two rehearsal

4-6pm  cast one actor training


July 12th… 

  same as July 10th.


July 13th… 

  same as July 11th.


July 14th… 

10-12pm  cast one dress

12-2pm  cast two dress



July 15th… 

Free day or rain date.


July 16th… 

8pm & 10pm



July 17th… 

Free day or rain date.


July 18th… finis.

What is new? 

-our workshops have been increased to add more training days.

-while one cast is working on the play with the director, the other cast is working on training and acting exercises with a master class instructor, allowing for more time for training.

-more master classes are offered per workshop.

-more performances have been added.

-actor selection is now more competitive.