The Parker School of Drama

The Parker School of Drama offers classes in speech and drama to all ages and abilities.  Whether you are a 1st grader, looking to build confidence in speaking or performance, an aspiring actor looking to develop your technique to get you to the next level, a seasoned Shakespearean aficionado wanting to understand the craft of the classically trained actor, or a politician whose work demands impeccable presentation skills, we can tailor a program for you.  The Parker program uses the study of Shakespeare and classical text and technique to develop skills in speaking and acting, a strong understanding of storytelling, and an expansive understanding of how applied knowledge of storytelling can be both valuable and fun.

Group classes (age guide, 16+)

  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Comedy
  • Playwriting
  • Shakespeare Reading for Performance

$330 ($20 per 90-minute class, with one-off $30 scheduling fee)

Theatre for Homeschoolers

  • Classes in acting, devising and dramaturgy

$255 ($15 per hour, with one-off $30 scheduling fee)


Individualized Programs of Study and One-to-One Coaching

  • Acting
  • Audition Technique
  • Acting Shakespeare
  • Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
  • Sight Reading & Reading for Performance

$1,280 ($80 per hour, with one-off $80 scheduling fee)

All classes follow a 16-week semester, with a 1-week break mid-semester.  Tuition is based on a minimum enrolment of 6. For those beginning mid-semester, an abbreviated curriculum is available, with fees prorated simply.  Some programs will offer offer public showcases of student work at the end of the second semester. A small fee will be applicable.  

Further Individualized Coaching and Mentorship

Audition Preparation is deliberately tailored to each student.  A suggested course includes 2 hour-long sessions each week for 6 weeks until first audition, and a further 3 hour-long sessions for each subsequent audition or callback.

$80 per hour, with one-off $80 scheduling fee

Play Reading Service includes reading of full manuscripts, and a 90-minute meeting, with comprehensive feedback on form, structure, language, dialogue, and potential areas for development

$5 per page (excluding title pages and cast lists) for manuscripts submitted double-line spaced in 11 or 12-point font

Theatre Director Mentorship is deliberately tailored to each student.  The course includes weekly observation and feedback on rehearsal, extensive one-to-one meetings to meet the needs of the director.  Meetings and feedback will be mutually agreed according the director’s rehearsal schedule, with more frequency of meetings likely to vary through the stages of rehearsal (for example: early stages – casting and planning – are likely to require more meetings and fewer observations)

For prices, please inquire

Beginning in January 2020

Short Courses and Professional Development. These intensive, full-day classes offer intensive preparation for students and professional development for theatre teachers and directors.  Courses include

  • Directing for the first (or second) time
  • Directing Shakespeare
  • Preparing your student directors
  • Building a monologue for audition

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For support with funding and scholarships, please enquire

Shakespeare at The Parker School of Drama

We believe that Shakespeare is the cornerstone of high quality theatre training.  This is perhaps most evident for students following classes in Acting or Audition Technique, for whom our programs of study are the ideal preparation for elite conservatory-based acting programs and BFA programs in theatre.  

Building an appreciation of Shakespeare at a young age is a lifelong gift.  We believe that Shakespeare can be understood and appreciated by those too young to read his words.  Using Royal Shakespeare Company rehearsal methods, we unlock Shakespeare in playful ways that are as accessible as they are fun.

Our Shakespeare reading group for adults uses the same pedagogy to help those already well-versed in Shakespeare’s works to discover the texts anew, and to develop skills in verse-speaking.