Create a new relationship with Shakespeare’s text, with yourself as an actor, and with your place in the world of theatre. The Month-Long Intensive is Shakespeare & Company’s cornerstone workshop. The unique power of the program is in its rigorous compacted schedule. For six days a week, from 8:00am until 10:00pm, participants immerse themselves in voice, movement, text analysis, exploration of the actor/audience relationship, sonnet work, scene work, clown, stage fight, and in-depth discussions about the function of theatre and the role of the actor in today’s world.
The full progression of Kristin Linklater’s approach to voice training for actors is taught during the four weeks by Designated Linklater voice teachers. In addition to the classic progression of the work, a series of classes is devoted to Sound and Movement.
The movement and dance progression is a combination of Pure Movement, Physical Expressivity and Dance (historical Elizabethan dance, and dances that connect to the imagery and rhythm in Shakespeare’s language). The movement/dance faculty guide the participant through essential areas of development: awareness of (and release from) habitual body tension, sensitivity to impulse, dynamic and authentic body movement, delight in moving with passion and precision, as well as the use of physical space and group integration.
Basics introduces the actor to a text approach which demands an open and personal commitment to thought, word, and gesture. Basics evolves into scene work, first through Dropping In (an approach to experiencing the text on a word-by-word basis) and into text analysis and detailed scene work.
The Clown Training involves a six-class progression. The clown faculty introduce exercises based on the methods of Jacques Lecoq, Philippe Gaulier, and Keith Johnstone. The Clown Training focuses on engagement in the freedom of play, improvisation, and discovering a personal ‘red nose’ clown. The training emphasizes innocence and brilliance that comes from taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary.
The Fight Training is a six-session progression that offers unarmed theatrical combat techniques suitable for the stage. The Fight Training faculty encourage the importance of form and specificity in the physical actions that involve shared-weight illusions and gripping; contact and no-contact strikes; and falls and rolls. The training stresses the importance of safety while working in partnership with another actor.
The participant is invited to explore the Elizabethan world of Actor/Audience Relationship—a theatrical reality without a fourth wall, in which the immediate energy of the audience fuels the actor to reveal a deeper level of truth and experience, which in turns enkindles the audience’s ability to receive Shakespeare’s language.
"During my actor training I made many breakthroughs in connecting my thoughts to my voice and my voice to my body, and gained the tools and techniques I use every day in my professional acting career." -Gregory Boover, 2017 Month-Long Intensive alum
NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS.
December 29, 2019 – January 24, 2020
$4,750 USD (meals and housing included)
The Month-Long Intensive is geared towards mid-career acting professionals. If you are a current or recent undergraduate student, please consider the Summer Shakespare Intensive.
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.
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.