Summer School

The DAW annual Summer School is an intensive week of theatrical learning, with like-minded people, and led by some of the country’s leading theatrical practitioners. Content is relevant to the amateur theatre community, but challenges existing habits and nurtures new approaches, techniques and practices.

Each year DAW selects a venue which offers the accommodation, workspaces, catering and social evening requirements which go into making a successful Summer School. We work hard in offering these elements at as low a price as possible.

Summer School 2018

"Inside the Professional Rehearsal Room"

30th July - 4th August 2018

Tutor: Ian Wainwright and other RSC Practitioners

Tutor: Ian WainwrightIan Wainwright

Ian is Project Producer for the RSC and created, established and led Open Stages. He has produced and directed numerous professional and amateur productions as well as managing and leading myriad workshops, and presenting interviews, masterclasses and post show discussions. His lifelong interest in Theatre Education began with his first appointment as Head of Education at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough and continued at Bristol Old Vic until his appointment with the RSC in 2010.


What You Can Expect?

Summer School attendees

Ever wonder what it is like inside the rehearsal rooms of the Royal Shakespeare Company of National Theatre?

Work with a team of experienced theatre professionals as they bring their experience of the modern rehearsal process to life. Whether approaching classical theatre or new writing, the team will share some of the techniques, methods, skills and ideas used in preparing a piece of professional theatre for the stage.

Looking at the role of directors and actors, and how they work together, approaches to text and specific skills such as movement and voice. Sessions will be practical and hands on as the practitioners take you through some of the exercises, games and techniques used inside the professional rehearsal room.


Broneirion Country HouseBroneirion

Last years's Summer School voted unanimously to return to Broneirion. We have the beautiful  country house for our sole use. All meals are included, there is a licensed bar and a warm welcome.

Fee: DAW Member £500 - Non Member £550


Places are limited, to book yours please contact Sue Jones at or download a booking form 2018 Booking form (PDF 235KB)


If you'd like to know more about previous Theatre Summer Schools, please see the Theatre Summer School History page, or the Theatre Summer School photo albums.

If you've attended Theatre Summer Schools in the past and would like to share your memories and/or photos on our pages, please do get in touch. 

Updated May 2018

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