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Shakespeare And Co Ma Actor Training Instructors

Online Classes and Workshops

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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Linklater Voice and the Power of Imagery

This workshop will dive into Linklater voice work 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) We will also focus on individual identity which may include heritage, culture, and personal story to connect to the text. Participants 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 may explore Shakespeare sonnets, monologues, or other heightened text participants are interested in and play with resonance and use breath as a way to experience the richness of the imagery in the language. 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. All levels of experience will be met.

SCHEDULE: October 3, 10, 17, & 24 at 6pm to 9pm (U.S. Eastern time)


LOCATION: This class will meet via Zoom.

FACULTY: Marie Ramirez Downing (she/her)

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Presence, Power and Freedom in Movement

“Get out of your head!” is a phrase most actors have heard in some context at one time or another. But how, exactly, does one do this? There are many tricks and tools, but for acting Shakespeare, we want not to get out of our heads, but rather, get into our bodies, and integrate our intellect skillfully. Additionally, we all deal with societal constructs, conscious, and unconscious beliefs about our physical bodies that can get in the way of empowered expression and a fully realized presence in our performance work.

Combining a variety of Eastern and Western somatic practices including Pure Movement (Swings), the Alexander Technique, yogic philosophy and mindful awareness of self, you will have an opportunity to strengthen your connection to your body and being to facilitate greater freedom of expression. You will be guided through movement sequences and activities to deepen your connection to sensation, imagination, and breath while also having an opportunity to non-judgmentally observe limiting beliefs that may be holding you back. This workshop is an opportunity to dive deeply into the experience of authentic, embodied presence both for your work as an actor and as a technique for living.

All levels welcome. Previous Movement experience not required.

SCHEDULE: November 2, 9, 16, & 30 at 7pm to 9pm (U.S. Eastern time)


LOCATION: This class will meet via Zoom.

FACULTY: Sheila Bandyopadhyay (she/her)

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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.