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The Center for Actor Training typically offers a variety of specialized workshops throughout the year exploring a full range of disciplines including rhetoric, wit, clown, fight, voice, movement, public speaking and more. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all programming is currently being offered online.

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Introduction to Linklater Voice Work with Ariel Bock - SOLD OUT

This four part series provides an overview of the Classical Progression of Linklater Voice Work. The series explores such topics as physical awareness, breath, touch of sound, gathering vibration, freeing the channel, capacity, range, and resonators. In addition to the full class sessions, each participant will receive one individual session with the teacher.

The work will provide the foundation for an effortless integration of thought, sound, physicality and feeling, so that we hear YOU, through your voice.

SCHEDULE: May 3, 5, 10, 12 at 6pm to 9pm (U.S. Eastern time)

TUITION: $200 USD

LOCATION: This class will meet via Zoom.

FACULTY: Ariel Bock (Designated Linklater Voice Teacher)

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Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays

Inspired by Tina Packer’s work researching and performing Women of Will, this acting workshop explores Shakespeare’s relationship to gender by focusing on Shakespeare’s female characters. For the workshop, all participants will come prepared with a monologue from one of the female characters discussed in Tina’s book, Women of Will.

SCHEDULE: May 24-27, 2021 at 5pm to 8pm (U.S. Eastern time)

TUITION: $350 USD*

LOCATION: This class will meet via Zoom.

WORKSHOP TEACHERS: Tina Packer, Kimberly White, Nigel Gore

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Identity, Vitality, and Shakespeare

Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training is offering three sessions of a 5-day workshop led by a team of distinguished and dynamic teachers: Sheila Bandyopadhyay, Susan Dibble, Marie Ramirez Downing, and Michael F. Toomey.

Classes in Linklater voice, movement, play, and text will integrate themes of identity, resiliency, ownership, and presence when performing Shakespeare. With an emphasis on trusting in their individuality, participants will explore ways to unlock the vitality and emotional content inherent in Shakespeare’s text.

  • With the Linklater voice work, participants will learn to use breath to fuel their voices to expand their range in order to connect deeply with their audience through personal and universal imagery.
  • Through the movement work, participants will learn the skills to deepen physical presence, release tension, and find greater balance and strength within the self. Energy/breath/imagination will be the priority along with finding a way to explore virtual ensemble play.
  • The text work will emphasize the importance of ownership, play, and presence while speaking Shakespeare’s language.

DATES:

Session A: June 7 to 11, 2021

Session B: June 14 to 18, 2021

Session C: June 28 to July 2, 2021

SCHEDULE: 10:00am to 5:00pm daily (U.S. Eastern Daylight Time)

TUITION: $700 USD

LOCATION: All classes will meet via Zoom.

FACULTY: Sheila Bandyopadhyay, Susan Dibble, Marie Ramirez Downing, Michael F. Toomey

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Free Body, Free Voice: An Exploration of The Alexander Technique and Linklater Voice for Actors and Public Speakers

As Linklater voice work aims to free the voice of habitual tensions, The Alexander Technique aims to free the body. Frederick Matthias Alexander was a Shakespearean actor who repeatedly lost his voice in performance. Through a method of self-observation, inhibition of habit, and re-direction of his use of himself, he was able to bring it back and never lose it again. Linklater and Alexander combined can provide a powerful and lasting change in the actor or public speaker. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to free, strengthen, and develop your voice, and move with greater ease, expansion, and presence on stage.

SCHEDULE: June 22-24 at 7pm to 9pm (U.S. Eastern time)

TUITION: $250 USD

LOCATION: This class will meet via Zoom.

FACULTY: Paul D’Agostino (Designated Linklater Teacher, Certified Teacher of The Alexander Technique)

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.

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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.

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