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Training A New Generation of Classical Actors
The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company is dedicated to training a new generation of classical actors in the skills required to master Shakespeare performance.
By integrating the full range of disciplines—from clown and fight to rhetoric and dance—in a rigorous thirteen-week program, the Conservatory prepares young actors to establish themselves and learn how to succeed as professional actors.
Each year thousands of auditions are held across the country for Shakespeare plays alone, and thousands more for contemporary productions. The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company will help you turn those casting opportunities into jobs. The emphasis we place on the actor-audience relationship and the actor’s personal connection to the text provides powerful skills that will help you shine at auditions—and on stage.
Fundamental Skills Acquired:
- Immersive, comprehensive experience of Shakespeare performance
- The full progression of Linklater Voice, an approach to connecting language with breath and voice, taught by trained Linklater teachers
- Full complement of Shakespeare text work, through monologues, sonnets and scenes
- Alexander Technique
- Elizabethan Dance
- Stage Combat
- Exploration of the actor/audience relationship
The program culminates the rehearsal and public performance of a full-length play, providing students with an opportunity to apply their training in a “real-world” experience.
A typical day might include: *
9:00 – 10:30 Linklater Voice
10:45 – 12:15 Movement
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:45 – 5:45 Rehearsals for the full-length public performance
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:00 – 10:00 Class with Shakespeare & Company faculty on a wide variety of disciplines
*The above is intended to give an idea of a day rather a specific commitment to an inflexible schedule. There will be changes.
Auditions and Admission
The 2013 Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company is limited to 14 students. The program begins in September and ends in December with the final performance of the semester show. This is a total of 13 weeks.
Tuition for the Conservatory is $9,800. Alumni and union discounts still apply.
Admission to the Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company is by audition only. Applicants should submit a completed application, which may be completed online, and an audition video. The video should be in DVD format and should include two contrasting Shakespeare monologues and a brief personal statement. The monologues should be approximately one minute each. The personal statement should be about 60 seconds and should consist of a description of why you are interested in participating in The Conservatory. Contact the Training Department with any questions.
Shakespeare & Company’s Professional Actor Training has for three decades concentrated on heightening actors’ abilities to engage, explore and express fearlessly.
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