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The Center for Actor Training now offers a variety of workshops and classes online, providing the opportunity for theater professionals around the world to study with our distinguished faculty.

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An Introduction to Linklater Voice and the Power of Imagery with Marie Ramirez Downing

This workshop introduces the Linklater voice progression designed to "free the natural voice.” To free the voice is to “tune into the person behind the voice” and to “free the person” (Kristin Linklater) which may include heritage, culture, and story. Participants will learn to release tension in the body, free vibrations by releasing their jaw and tongue and develop the range, power, and subtlety of the voice for the stage. We will explore Shakespeare sonnets, monologues, or other heightened text exploring imagery, breath, and resonation. There will be group warm-ups as well as an individual one that can be used for auditions, before a show, or other speaking engagements.

DATES: September 8, 15, 22, & 29, 2021

SCHEDULE: 6pm to 9pm (U.S. Eastern time)


LOCATION: This class will meet via Zoom.

FACULTY: Marie Ramirez Downing (Designated Linklater Voice Teacher)


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 women characters. For the workshop, all participants will come prepared with a monologue from one of the women characters discussed in Tina’s book, Women of Will.

DATES: November 5-8, 2021

SCHEDULE: November 5 & 8 at 5:30pm to 9:30pm;

November 6 & 7 at 2pm to 6pm (all times U.S. Eastern)


LOCATION: This class will meet via Zoom.

FACULTY: Tina Packer, Kimberly White, Sarah Kate Anderson


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.