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The Center for Actor Training 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!

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Shakespeare from the Whole Self: The Creative Voice (Online Class) - Click here to apply

Join us for six transformative weeks of awareness and creative voice work. Experience the synergy of three potent methods offered together: Shakespeare & Company’s text work, Linklater Voice and The Feldenkrais Method.

Discover how the liberating power of awareness can awaken your confidence, and ignite your creativity as an actor. In a supportive and playful environment, explore your voice as an expression of self and your connection to character.

This online workshop is designed to serve anyone interested in exploring the integration of voice, awareness and imagination in the acting of Shakespeare, including:

  • Those who crave an in-depth exploration of voice, awareness and personal creativity applied to text.
  • Those who love Shakespeare & Company training and would like an introduction to The Feldenkrais Method to add to their toolkit.
  • Those new to Shakespeare, interested in an introduction that begins with awareness, voice and imagination.

Both instructors are among the few people worldwide certified in both Linklater Voice & The Feldenkrais Method, and are long-time Company Members and Faculty with Shakespeare & Company.

DATES AND SCHEDULE:

  • Section A - May 22 to June 26, 2020, Fridays at 7:30pm to 9:30pm (U.S. Eastern Time)
  • Section B - May 23 to June 27, 2020, Saturdays at 1pm to 3pm (U.S. Eastern Time)

TUITION: $275 USD

LOGISTICS: This class will meet via Zoom.

INSTRUCTORS: Corinna May and Gwendolyn Schwinke

**Union, alumni and student discounts available**

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Playing Shakespeare: Voice, Text, Clown with Jane Nichols and Dave Demke

VOICE. CLOWN. TEXT.

A unique integration of Voice work, Clown work, and Shakespeare text.

Join Master Linklater Voice teacher Dave Demke, and Master Clown teacher Jane Nichols for a week of rigorous play, outrageous comedy, transcendent language.

Shakespeare’s poetic wisdom! The Clown’s poetic soul! It’s Shakespeare like never before!

6 days. 52 contact hours. A lifetime of inspiration.

Previous Shakespeare training or experience is not a prerequisite.

DATES: TBD

SCHEDULE: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm each day

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, MA

TUITION: $850 USD

HOUSING: Available on campus for $25 per night

INSTRUCTORS: Jane Nichols and Dave Demke

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Dropping-In Workshop

Come learn Shakespeare & Company's signature dynamic and visceral rehearsal technique for connecting to the depths of Shakespeare’s text.

The Dropping-In technique can be used to create a dynamic and visceral alternative to traditional “table work.” The process reactivates the natural imaging processes of the brain and allows the craft of memorization to become an easier, more creative and regenerative task.

Participants will learn the history of Dropping-In and gain a working knowledge of Dropping In techniques, experiencing them as both actor and facilitator. They will train to use it and to adapt it for their own rehearsal work. This workshop will be especially useful for actors or directors involved in the creation of high school, university or professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

DATES: TBD

SCHEDULE: Friday, 7pm-10pm; Saturday, 10am-7pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm

TUITION: $350 USD

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, MA

HOUSING: Available on campus for $35 per night

INSTRUCTOR: Tina Packer

**Union, alumni and student discounts available**

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Freeing the Natural Voice: An Introduction to Linklater Voice

Discover the power and playfulness of your speaking voice! An introduction to the Linklater voice work or an in-depth refresher for those who have already had Linklater classes. Designed for performers, public speakers, and anyone who would like to feel more vocally confident and connected, this workshop will help you

  • Free your breath
  • Develop resonance
  • Loosen jaw and tongue tensions
  • Wake up your vocal range and articulation
  • Address physical habits that inhibit your voice

Group and individual work will take place with a focus on the classic Linklater progression, group songs and text work. And you will leave the class with a vocal warm-up that you can use before auditions, rehearsals, and performances.

DATES: TBD

SCHEDULE: TBD

TUITION: $225 USD

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, MA

INSTRUCTOR: Ariel Bock, Designated Linklater Voice Teacher

**Union, alumni and student discounts available**

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Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays with Tina Packer

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

DATES: TBD

SCHEDULE: Friday, 6pm-10pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm

TUITION: $400 USD

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, MA

INSTRUCTOR: Tina Packer

**Union, alumni and student discounts available**

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Movement is the Source of Dance with Susan Dibble

Susan Dibble (Interim Director of Training, Choreographer, Dancer and Teacher) will lead a movement and dance workshop that focuses on the idea that dance and creation are on a path together to “make up a perfect whole”. E.M.Tillyard

The workshop will be an opportunity to explore how life cycles, nature, rhythm, breath and human behavior are sources for dance on a symbolic level.

Participants will learn a variety of dances choreographed by Dibble. She will offer compositional tools for making dances, and teach Elizabethan dance forms that encourage grace, poise, and the power of precision. No previous training is required.

DATES: TBD

SCHEDULE: Friday, 6pm-9pm; Saturday, 10am-9:30pm; Sunday, 10am-1pm

TUITION: $350 USD

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, MA

HOUSING: Available on campus for $35 per night

INSTRUCTOR: Susan Dibble

**Union, alumni and student discounts available**

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Audition Intensive

The audition process can be very intimidating, but it is a necessary part of casting and all actors must learn to navigate it. During this workshop, you will discover ways to walk in and out of auditions with self-care by exploring the following:

  • What story are you telling yourself and the room when you walk in and walk out?
  • What are you communicating?
  • What information are you unconsciously or consciously transmitting about yourself as an artist and a human?
  • Is there any way to shift that experience?

Through a series of written and performed exercise, we will look at what audition pieces we choose, what clothes we wear, how we handle being seen, and what masks we wear. We will do research on what makes you “you”, and we will see if it’s possible to distill that and present it in the odd strange frame of the audition process.

Andrew has been developing and teaching this exciting workshop for several years. Look forward to uncovering some difficult truths with lots of laughter, playfulness and enlightenment!

DATES: TBD

SCHEDULE: Friday, 7pm-10pm; Saturday, 10am-10pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm

TUITION: $350 USD

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, MA

HOUSING: Available on campus for $35 per night

INSTRUCTOR: Andrew Borthwick-Leslie

**Union, alumni and student discounts available**

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Public Speaking Workshop

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Learn to speak in front of any size audience and move them with your words.

  • Free your natural voice
  • Understand the basics of speech construction
  • Tap into your truth
  • Connect with and understand your audience
  • Focus your message
  • Persuade an audience of the validity of your message
  • Inspire your audience to act

This workshop is designed to meet the needs of activists, students, community organizers, business people, educators, politicians, and concerned citizens who seek to improve their skills and confidence in connecting to an audience and delivering their message. It will include an introduction to Shakespeare & Company’s training methods and to Shakespeare’s text. Each participant will have the opportunity to refine and practice their own unique message on a subject of their choice. This is a time of urgency to empower people to let their voice be heard and to move others to action!

DATES: TBD

SCHEDULE: Friday, 6pm-10pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-2pm

TUITION: $150 USD

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, MA

HOUSING: Available on campus for $35 per night

INSTRUCTORS: Tina Packer and Samuel "Mooly" Dinnar

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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