Youth Company

Green Tea & Little Green Tea

Sweet Tea Shakespeare's Youth & Children's Companies

Green Tea is not just another camp or after-school program.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare opens 2021 Youth & Children’s Ensemble Programs, Camps, Workshops, & Classes

Registration opens February 1, 2021. Priority registration ends February 12, 2021.

Register & Audition HERE!

Sweet Tea Shakespeare (STS) announces its 2021 youth and children’s ensemble programs, workshops, and classes, with enrollment running through mid-March and priority enrollment with discounted tuition and early bird registration running through February 12, 2021, with limited spots available.

STS programming serves two age groups. Green Tea, its youth ensemble, serves students from about ages 12 to 18. Little Green Tea, its children’s ensemble, serves students from ages 4 to 11.

Programming includes:

    • Full filmed production experience of a play, The Sea Voyage, in partnership with Chameleon Children’s Theatre. This production will be directed by local arts education professionals. Production begins in earnest on March 1, 2021, before a public release of the film production in late March. For more information, see below.
    • An after school day camp — Shakespeare Bootcamp — held with STS teaching artists, running February 16-26, 2021. The daily camp will explore ways of using voices, language, and bodies to tell stories based on Shakespeare and other classic writers.
    • Additional after school and break camp experiences throughout the year.
    • Monthly workshops and ensemble sessions, currently held via Zoom, to work on personal and ensemble development with a dedicated instructor.
    • A production afternoon/evening camp experience in Fall 2021 based on a classic title chosen with students.
    • Access to monthly workshops and interviews with STS and other industry professionals.
  • College, community, and professional audition and portfolio prep.
  • Participation in STS main stage performances.
  • Free tickets for all STS performances.
  • Guaranteed membership in the STS adult company upon successful completion of Green Tea programming.
  • Apprenticeships, Internships, and observing experiences in STS rehearsals with professional actors and musicians.

Shakespeare Bootcamp: Daily work with STS professionals on text, acting, Shakespeare, movement, and more.

Dates: February 16-26, 2021 | Afternoon/Early Evening on Zoom

Cost: Included with monthly subscription OR $40 per week Early Bird Registration through February 12, 2021 | $50 per week after February 1, 2021. Limited spaces available. Military and same-family sibling discounts available.

Production Experience: The Sea Voyage, by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger.

Dates: March 1-31, 2021

Cost: Included with monthly subscription OR $100 Early Bird Registration through February 12, 2021 | $125 after February 12, 2021 — understudy roles only after February 12. Limited spaces available. Military and same-family sibling discounts available.

STS is proud to be collaborating with Chameleon Children’s Theater for its upcoming production of the Jacobean adventure comedy, The Sea Voyage. 

When Captain Albert and his motley crew of French pirates are shipwrecked on a mysterious island, they soon discover they are not alone. Sebastian and his nephew Nicusa are castaways with a tragic past, desperate to get off the island and reunite with their family. As they plot to escape in the pirates’ vessel, Captain Albert and his men discover a tribe of female Amazons with their own ideas about what it takes to be a warrior. Swords clash, romance kindles, and hijinks ensue as the many inhabitants of the island face off in a final showdown that will change their lives forever. Written in classical verse by two contemporaries of William Shakespeare, The Sea Voyage is a swashbuckling comedy that’s fun for the whole family. 

Co-directed by Green Tea instructor Traycie Kuhn-Zapata and Chameleon Children’s Theater Artistic Director Brian Adam Kline, The Sea Voyage will be a fully staged production captured on film. By joining Green Tea, young actors will have the opportunity to dig into a classical text, explore diverse characters, and collaborate in costume and scenic design against the backdrop of a professional filming process. 

Registration and audition are required for entry into the programs and there are limited spots available.

Sweet Tea Shakespeare offers two ways to pay for our youth programming:

MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION: Our monthly subscription option includes access to all programming throughout the year. A monthly subscription is normally $40, with discounts for military families as part of our Blue Star Theatres program. Early bird enrollees are eligible for an additional introductory discount of $10 per family per month. All program costs are covered in the monthly tuition. Multi-child discounts are also available. Early bird discounts are strictly limited to 10 students.

PAY PER PROGRAM: Participate in any of our programs for a standalone fee. Our fee structure is competitive and available on our website at Package and multi-child discounts are available. Enrollment is limited. Visit our registration page for details.

In Green Tea, students experience wonder, hard work, and collaboration. They’re invited to engage in empathy.

Green Tea & Little Green Tea are unlike your run-of-the-mill enrichment program. Instead, participants become true members of the Sweet Tea Shakespeare company and community, engaging in the planning and production of rich work, participating in our main stage productions along side professionals and emerging professionals. Participants drive the conversation about the work they create, developing leadership skills and shaping habits that will benefit them for a lifetime. At this time Green Tea & Little Green Tea will be using Zoom for classes as needed.

Green Tea & Little Green Tea foster deep learning.

Green Tea (ages 12-17) and Little Green Tea (ages 4-11) bring Shakespeare to young adults and children in a fresh way, encouraging them to find joy in stories old and new, working towards mastery of language, character building, and problem-solving. Through Green Tea and Little Green Tea, we aim to develop a community of storytellers, people of grit and determination, and curious humans who work together to discover the wonder of performing Shakespeare, making friends, and delighting in play.

During our regular Green Tea and Little Green Tea sessions, students will learn to work as an ensemble to make authentic theatre focused on collaboration, cognitive skills, confidence, and joy. Young adults and children alike will be introduced to acting techniques, scene study, improvisation, physical work, and study of Shakespeare’s language over the course of a year. The program will culminate in a full performance at least once each year. These young companies also regularly contribute to our main stage productions.


Who… Young adults ages 12-17.

Where…The Capital Encore Academy.

When…  One Sunday afternoon per month.

Additional registration and tuition details can be found HERE!

**Though the classes will be split into two age groups (12-14 and 15-17) the performance will include the entire group**

Little Green Tea Is…

Little Green Tea is a program geared towards younger artists in the elementary to middle school age range. Little Green Tea provides educational theatre classes for those youngsters interested in drama, Shakespeare, and the arts. Our classes are filled with fun, laughter, and learning – they are jam packed with supplemental materials that focus on setting your child off on a journey towards authentic story-telling, confidence, fun, and wonder.

Who… Elementary and middle school aged children

Where… Zoom (link will be sent after payment is confirmed and before class begins)

When…  Level 1 (elementary aged): First and Third Saturdays of the month; 12-1 PM EST

Level 2 (upper elementary and middle school aged): Second and Fourth Saturdays of the month; 12-1 PM EST

Please register by the first of the month in order to attend classes for that month and going forward. So, if your child wishes to join in for September Saturday classes, you’ll need to complete registration by September 1.

Please begin registration HERE. After registration is complete, you will receive an email detailing our on-boarding for classes and how to complete payment.

Meet the Instructors

Amanda M. Rogus (Little Green Tea) is an avid actor-scholar currently working on her MFA at Mary Baldwin’s Shakespeare and Performance Program and is a company member with Sweet Tea Shakespeare. She holds an MLitt from Mary Baldwin and an MS in Educational Psychology from Capella University. She has acted and served as an education artist at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, and the American Shakespeare Center. Most recently with Sweet Tea Shakespeare, she has acted in The Way of the World (Lady Wishfort), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Holofernes), Galathea (Rafe), and Dr. Faustus (Clown/2nd Scholar). She is thrilled to be working as the instructor for Little Green Tea and is certified by the American Red Cross Association for Child Care, OVSJG as a Trauma-Informed Educator, and the National Safety Council for Advanced Educator Certification in CPR, First Aid, and AED.


Traycie Kuhn-Zapata (Green Tea – pictured lower left) is a graduate of Fayetteville State University’s BA Theatre program, drama faculty at Cumberland County’s Southview High School, and a Master in Sweet Tea Shakespeare. She’s worked with Green Tea for over two years and regularly appears on stage as an actor and singer with the company. Taj Allen (Green Tea – pictured lower right) is a Master in Sweet Tea Shakespeare. He’s working with Green Tea alongside Traycie for two years and regularly appears on stage as an actor and singer with the company.

“Love is the strongest choice.”

At Sweet Tea Shakespeare, we believe in love. Love for the text, for the artists, and for the audience. When confronted with any challenge in these wonderful texts, we seek to see how far choosing love will get us.