Will's Playshop

The great quality of Shakespeare’s work is that it was always intended to be HEARD—not read—and by different voices. Nothing realizes his genius better than hearing different voices reading the text in different rhythms and different tones. And that, of course, is the great Joy of Will’s Playshop.
— Richard Easton, Tony Award Winner, Theater Hall of Fame Honoree

Instruction by Charles E. Gerber, WorkShop Theater Founding Member (1994), Creator/ Director Will's Playshop (2003).

Exploring the practical, professional, and spiritual joys that can be derived from one of the greatest mind/souls in human history.  Will's Playshop is annually structured in two, separate seasonal sessions. The fall session is in a more experimental LAB mode, allowing for greater exploration and individual growth within a communal perspective.  The spring session progresses towards and culminates in the Annual WILL-A-THON Showcase, usually occurring during the week in which appears April 23rd, Shakespeare's birthday.  

Class Dates & Times:

This semester shall lean towards the 3 DAY FESTIVAL OF THE TWELFTH ANNUAL WILL-A-THON MAY, 7TH, 8TH, & 9TH which will include "a faithful reading of KING LEAR" with Richard Easton as Lear and Austin Pendleton as Gloucester.

Eleven 3 hour classes on Saturdays from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and/or Mondays from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. and are usually in the WorkShop's Jewel Box Theater.


Monday sessions, 11 A.M.- 2 P.M.

January 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Saturday sessions 10.A.M.- 1 P.M.

January 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28


$450 for one 11 week sessions(33 hours)
$750 for both sessions, Mondays AND Saturdays(66 hours)

Participants need not commit to ONLY Mondays or ONLY Saturdays
and may fulfill course requirements by taking classes EITHER Monday
or Saturday until 11 sessions (33 hours) have been completed.

WORKSHOP THEATER MEMBERS:  Discount Fees: $350 for 33 hours and $500 for 66 hours. 

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Email Charles E. Gerber at
or call/text:  347-575-3107

Musical Theater Gym

A place to "work out" old or new songs and monologues, or audition material. Open to all styles of singers and actors.  Singing experience necessary for those working on songs.

Instruction by Steven Petrillo, Artistic Associate (Musical Theater).

Class Dates & Times: 

12pm - 2pm at the WorkShop: 312 W 36 St.

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