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:

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 for 11 consecutive sessions, 11 A.M.- 2 P.M.

January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20

Saturday for 11 consecutive sessions, 10.A.M.- 1 P.M.

January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25


All this leading up to the FOURTEENTH ANNUAL WILL-A-THON on Thursday. April 20th, Friday 21st and Saturday the 22nd  just before his 453rd birthday on the 23rd!



$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

Therapeutic Drama Group

Workshop member Alexa Devin will be offering a therapeutic drama group for support and personal growth starting in September on Friday mornings.

The creative process offers a rich experience for personal growth. Using theater, movement, music, and art as tools, we will build a supportive environment to explore uncertainty and to promote positive change. Past workshops have looked at spirituality, bullying, the inner critic, and relationships. Prior knowledge, skill, or talent in the performing arts is not required. We will work within the capabilities of anyone who attends.

Class Details

Sessions are 1½ hours weekly and run for 8 weeks.
Group size: 8-10.

$350 (payment plans accepted)
$300 for Workshop members.

Location: WorkShop Theater in midtown Manhattan, 36th St and 8th Ave.

September 11 - October 30, Fridays 9-10:30 AM

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