The UCLA Owning Shakespeare Summer Institute is a two-week, UC credit-bearing, intensive program that is a practical, immersive and comprehensive study of Acting Shakespeare. Under the guidance and direction of established experts in the field, students will learn essential and eclectic strategies for acting Shakespeare, including but not limited to: Differing practical approaches to bring Shakespearean text to vivid and original life, illustrated in shared workshops and then applied in practice through intensive rehearsal of selected scenes and monologues. Working creatively with verse, and complex vocabulary; comprehensive voice classes, supported by individual tutorials; poetry-reading, with a special focus on Shakespearean sonnets; Demystifying Shakespeare: the social, historical, and literary context of Shakespeare’s writing career; the theater in his time, his company, his playhouse(s), and his contemporaries, the First Folio, and ‘unseen’ cue scripts. The two week course includes three informal presentations first of individual sonnets and monologues, and culminates in the final in-house presentation of specially selected and assigned Shakespeare scenes incorporating three informal, in-house presentations. World class professional artists whose experience includes the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival will teach what it takes to bring Shakespeare’s dramatic literature to life, with truth, spontaneity, verbal alacrity, creativity, confidence, and deep and empathetic humanity.