Shakespeare With Heart

Shakespeare With Heart is open to middle and high school students with and without special needs. Registered students come together two weeks prior to the first day of camp to meet one another, audition for roles, and begin the process of becoming an ensemble. Everyone is guaranteed a role in the play, and each actor is challenged to bring their character to life using their own unique talents and abilities.

Celebrating its twelfth anniversary, the program will produce William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Summer 2017. 

Rehearsals: Monday – Friday, July 10 – July 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Performance Date: Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuition: $225 (Limited scholarships available)

Registration starts January 1, 2017. For registration and additional information, call Director of Education Anne Hering at (407) 447-1700 ext. 208.

About Shakespeare with Heart

This program is a collaboration between UCP of Central Florida, the Exceptional Education Department of UCF, and the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in which students with and without special needs work together over a two-week period to produce a Shakespeare play. All students participate in daily voice, movement, and warm-up activities before rehearsing together. This camp culminates in a fully-produced performance on the Margeson Theater stage, complete with professional costumes, lights, set, and sound designs.


In 2006, Shakespeare With Heart was conceived by Dr. Rebecca Hines, a professor at the University of Central Florida, and Ilene WIlkins, President and CEO of UCP of Central Florida, with a mission of inclusion. The goal was to give middle and high school students with and without disabilities the opportunity to work side by side brought together by a common interest–theater.

Over the years we’ve produced Shakespeare’s classic plays with a variety of settings and concepts. We’ve explored The Merry Wives of Windsor set in Brooklyn, The Winter’s Tale set in Africa, As You Like It set in Jamaica and The Merchant of Venice set on a college campus of the 1960s.

Performance History

2015 The Tempest
2014 The Merchant of Venice
2013 As You Like It
2012 Much Ado About Nothing
2011 The Merry Wives of Windsor
2010 The Winter’s Tale
2009 The Taming of the Shrew
2008 Twelfth Night
2007 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
2006 The Tempest