We are happy to open our educational seminars to patrons, students, and educators. Often educators can receive recertification credit as part of the seminar experience.

Seminars this season will be taught by Dr. Susan Willis, dramaturg of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Dr. Willis was an observer at the BBC while it produced “The BBC Shakespeare Plays: Making the Televised Canon”. Since 1985, she has been the resident dramaturg and a director at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and hosts the adult education series “Theatre in the Mind”. She has also worked with its play program, The Southern Writers Project and is a member of the faculty of Auburn University.

The Merchant of Venice Seminar – October 22, 2016
Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing Seminar – January 21, 2017



Season Ticket Subscribers and Bard Club Members

One of the “perks” of being a Season Subscriber or Bard Club member is free admission to these seminars. Delving deeper into the Bard’s works gives one a greater understanding of the play. The seminars also give you a sneak peak behind the scenes as you will meet the designers, mingle with the actors, tour the set and stage and have a special talkback with the actors and crew.


Because SSC understands the value of bringing Shakespeare alive to students and has the desire to assist teachers with simplifying this task, we are encouraging all teachers to attend SSC Flachmann Seminars. This is an excellent learning tool to take techniques directly back to your classroom.  Attendees will receive an enormous amount of expert knowledge of the production and play and most districts accept this as 10 recertification credits. Educators will receive a certificate upon completion of the day, but please check with your district for specific credit.

Attending a Seminar

Seminars begin at 9am and meet at SSC’s Rehearsal Space at 55 E Main Street, Mesa (at the east end of the Mesa Arts Center campus). Reservations are required. The fee for the seminar is $60 for non-subscribers, which includes lunch and a show ticket. Season subscribers and Bard Club members are asked to pay $10 for lunch. Payment in advance is requested. You can pay for the seminar online by clicking the link above or call 480-435-6868 to reserve your spot.