Shakespeare Lab

a Kalamata Drama International Summer School 2020 Theatre Laboratory

Our thoughts go out to all affected by the spread of Covid-19, especially those who have been bereaved, those who are vulnerable and those who suddenly find themselves out of work.
The last group includes all who work in the performing arts. It also includes those who train for theatre and dance, whose training and practice is founded on physical presence with other artists-in-the-making and whose study has been stopped or greatly modified.

We fully respect the current internationally adopted measures to prevent the spread of the virus and have therefore suspended the setting up of the full programme of the Kalamata Drama International Summer School 2020.
However, in August, government measures allowing, KaDISS shall resume classes at international level for new actors and performers-in-training and continue to contribute to the cultural and educational activities of the region.

For the summer 2020, we are replacing the full programme with the Shakespeare Lab – a unique KaDISS 2020 Theatre Laboratory, a three-week intensive immersion in the world of a play by William Shakespeare: the imagination-stirring language, its unforgettable characters, the thrilling action, the joys and sorrows of the human psyche, fused into universal poetic drama.

Shakespeare Lab – a one-off programme for the actor-in-training and the young performer, will be led by theatre director Andrew Visnevski, whose work on embracing the technique required to act Shakespeare and on embodying the language of Shakespeare with actors and students internationally spans four decades. The work will include a daily physical preparation, vocal work, study of character and relationships through the text, as well as comprehensive insight into structure of the drama and its context, with constant practice on the stage and feedback. The whole culminating in performance of selected parts of the play in a Lab setting.

As an extra, this year’s special Shakespeare Lab KaDISS 2020 presents I Am Shakespeare, two Saturday Masterclasses for the Actor with Andrew Visnevski. These unique masterclasses of two-hours’ duration each will be hosted by different venues in the Messinia Region, and available to watch online.
At the end of each masterclass, Andrew Visnevski will lead an open conversation on William Shakespeare’s plays under scrutiny and answer questions from the participating students and those who will watch the masterclasses online.
(Further information about the I Am Shakespeare Masterclasses will be uploaded soon).

Find Andrew Visnevski’s CV on

The Shakespeare Lab will run Monday-Saturday, 17 th August-5 th September, from 10.00 in the morning to 16.00 in the afternoon. The total cost of participation is 500€.
For this year particularly we will accept up to 12 students.
All the facilities, as advertised on will be available to participants of the Shakespeare Lab.
The classes will take place at the Cultural Centre of Kalamata and a light brunch will be provided every working day. You can download the Application Form for the Shakespeare Lab on

I Am Shakespeare, two Saturday Masterclasses for the Actor with Andrew Visnevski, will take place in selected venues, which will be announced soon. The dates of the two masterclasses are 22nd & 29th August 2020 at 10:00-12:00 noon Greek local time.
The duration of the Masterclasses will be 2 hours. There is no added cost for the students of Shakespeare Lab KaDISS 2020 – their participation is obligatory as part of their 3-week theatre training course.

Important note

KaDISS team fully respects the decrees of and collaborates with the competent ministries and the Corona Virus office of the Municipality of Kalamata. We shall be following all prescribed hygiene measures and protocols in order to ensure the health of the participants (everyday sterilization of the facilities, brunch served in a separate package for each person etc).
If you have any questions or require further information, including watching the masterclasses online, please do not hesitate to contact us: / tel: +030 6955933407