thank you

We rely on the generous support of people like you to sustain our tradition of artistic excellence, and secure a bright future for our Company.

Menu
Location
Shakespeare And Co Ma Actor Training

Specialized Workshops

A variety of specialized workshops exploring a full range of disciplines including clown, stage fight, rhetoric, Linklater voice, Women of Will with Tina Packer, and more

Make A Payment

Don't miss important dates!

Sign up for our e-newsletter!

Right Arrow

HAMLET: The Sweet Smoke of Rhetoric

An examination of the two fundamental texts of Hamlet, the First Folio and Second Quarto.

Should Hamlet say:

“Than are dreamt of in your philosophy”?
Or
“Than are dreamt of in our philosophy”?

Modern editions don’t all agree. Why not? And what does it say about Hamlet as a character if you use one reading rather than the other?

Do yourself a favor: Spend three days immersed in the “poem unlimited,” that we call the script(s) of Hamlet. Decide whether you think he’s mad or simply pretending madness. Do you think he knows what he’s doing? Come prepared to play with text as you never have. The schedule will include breath-work, centering and relaxation techniques as well as digging around in the poetry of Elsinore.

Taught by: Dennis Krausnick

Dates: August 28-30, 2016 (Sunday 9:30am – 9:30pm, Monday 9:30am – 9:30pm, Tuesday 9:30am – 12pm)

Tuition: $350 (includes housing and one ticket to our production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona)

..........................................................................................................................

Clown

An exploration of Glorious Failures and Epic Imbalances. Being funny is not a requirement.

Throughout history, the Clown has played a vital role in our communities. Cross-culturally, the Clown has been looked to in order to reveal what is most human about us all and asks us to laugh about it. In these three days, actors will explore what is most human about themselves–revealing it and celebrating it publicly. This is a workshop in Clowning, an exploration of the Red Nose, Play, Complicity and how each of these are vital to the actor’s training.

Taught by: Michael F. Toomey
Dates: TBA
(Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-5pm)
Tuition: $300 (includes room)

..........................................................................................................................

Women of Will: The Rhetoric of Gender
with Tina Packer

Shakespeare’s women: who they are, what they do and why – and how they survive and thrive.

Dates: TBA

..........................................................................................................................

Dropping In Workshop

Learn our signature dynamic and visceral rehearsal technique for connecting to the text.

An exercise created by Tina Packer and strongly influenced by her 14-year collaboration with Shakespeare & Company co-founder Kristin Linklater, “Dropping In” and its follow-up exercises of “Standing Up” and “Feeding In” allows the actor to connect to the atavistic depths of words.

Participants will gain a working knowledge of Dropping In techniques, experiencing them as both actor and facilitator. They will train to use it and to adapt it for their own rehearsal work. This workshop will be especially useful for actors or directors involved in the creation of High School, University, or Professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

Dates: TBA
(Friday 7-10pm / Saturday 10am-10pm / Sunday 10am-4pm)
Tuition: $300 (on-site housing included, Lenox only)

From the Alumni

Maura Matarese

Maura Matarese

I attend at least one workshop at Shakespeare & Company each year as it always allows me an opportunity to grow as actor, to continue to free my actor’s instrument, to meet exciting new artists from around the world, and to spend time in an environment I love, with a faculty whom I deeply respect. moreI attend at least one workshop at Shakespeare & Company each year as it always allows me an opportunity to grow as actor, to continue to free my actor’s instrument, to meet exciting new artists from around the world, and to spend time in an environment I love, with a faculty whom I deeply respect.

Crown

Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

Submit