WITH FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR TINA PACKER AND DIRECTOR OF ACTOR TRAINING DENNIS KRAUSNICK
Inspired by Tina Packer’s work in researching and performing Women of Will, this workshop explores Shakespeare’s relationship to gender by focusing on the difference in language used by male and female characters.
The ratio of female roles to male roles in Shakespeare’s plays exposes the way in which the social and political structures of the world work. This frame measures Shakespeare’s attitude towards the different genders and the influence of women. What happens when the ‘warrior women’ start negotiating? What kind of power does a woman disguised as a man have? Does the feminine intuitive side within all of us help us to know the truth? And ultimately, does the rhetorical structure differ between Shakespeare’s men and women? As actors we use all parts of ourselves, but our own lives are riddled with judgments of gender. The division of the sexes has consequences for all parts of our lives.
Tina Packer is one of theater’s leading experts on Shakespeare. She has directed most of the canon and acted in many of his plays and is the creator of the five-part theatrical exploration Women of Will, and author of the recently published book of the same name. She has an inimitable style of engaging her listeners through discussion and performance to reveal the passion of the Elizabethan world to modern actors and audiences with insight, humor and dramatic force.
Acclaimed actor, director, and teacher Dennis Krausnick is a co-founding member of Shakespeare & Company and has been the Director of Actor Training for over twenty years. His diligence and wit has been instrumental in creating and developing the Company’s internationally acclaimed actor training programs. As a Master Teacher of text, rhetoric and structure of the verse, Krausnick has provided residencies and workshops for theater companies and university theater departments across the country.
This is an acting workshop, but writers, teachers, directors and artists of all kinds are invited to apply. Every participant will arrive with a speech by one male character and one female character. The speeches will explored through different access points and each participant will experience how the speeches feels, not only in the psyche but also in the body.
Take a week discovering how Shakespeare’s language informs the use of gender in his plays, from the mightiest of Queens to the simplest of fools.
DATES: August 23-30, 2015
TUITION: $700 (room included)
if taken in conjunction with Rhetoric in Shakespeare’s Folio the total tuition for both workshops is $900.
Call the Center for Actor Training at 413.637.1199 ext 114 for details.