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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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Identity, Vitality, and Shakespeare (in-person)

Shakespeare & Company’s Center for Actor Training is offering a 5-day workshop led by a team of distinguished and dynamic teachers: Sheila Bandyopadhyay, Gwendolyn Schwinke, 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.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants are required to have completed a COVID-19 vaccine regimen.

DATES: June 28 to July 2, 2021

SCHEDULE: 10:00am to 5:30pm daily*

TUITION: $750 USD**

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus, Lenox, MA

HOUSING: Housing is not included.***

FACULTY: Sheila Bandyopadhyay, Gwendolyn Schwinke, Michael F. Toomey

TRAVEL: Shuttle service is available from local airports, train stations, and bus stops. Email training@shakespeare.org for details.

*Classes will end earlier on July 2, and participants will have the option see a preview performance of KING LEAR.

**Alumni and union discounts available. Scholarships available for People of the Global Majority. Scholarships include tuition and housing. Email training@shakespeare.org for details.

***If you require housing, we have discounted hotel recommendations available. Shuttles from certain hotels to campus each day available. Email training@shakespeare.org. for details.

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

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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