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Specialized Workshops

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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Playing with Rhetoric & Wit

Are you interested in playfully exploring the natural rhythms of rhetoric & wit?

This workshop is a three-day full body exploration of the delight found in playing poetic patterns. Using individual and group exercises, participants will:

  • Reconnect thought and action through language
  • Gain an increased sensitivity to verse structure
  • Develop a heightened awareness of the musicality of text
  • Explore how to use Shakespeare's text actively
  • Rediscover the usefulness and delight of rhetorical patterns
  • Restore the innate joy of playing with words

DATES: April 26 to 28, 2019

TUITION: $350 USD (union and alumni discounts available)

SCHEDULE: Friday, 7pm-10pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-4pm

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, MA

HOUSING: Single occupancy housing with shared kitchen and bathroom available for $35 per night

INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca Goodheart

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Playing Shakespeare: Voice, Text, Clown

All of us, at some point in our childhood, played with the heart, mind, and imagination of a giant. We played with courage and vulnerability, knowing it was play yet believing it was real. We played simply, but with a laser focus; with joy and desperation, investing in desires and fears as big as our fantasies. Shakespeare gives you permission, and the vehicle, to play like that once again.

This workshop offers a unique immersion in Voice, Movement, Clown, and Scene work, that will engage you with Shakespeare in surprisingly meaningful ways. It will challenge you to play with the imagination and freedom necessary to create clear, courageous, and compelling Shakespearean performances. It will inspire and renew in you that gigantic sense of play, and give you the means to make your acting more spontaneous, surprising, and exciting.

Previous Shakespeare training or experience is not a prerequisite to apply.

Morning Sessions will focus on freeing your voice and body in order to build new habits of emotional courage, unlimited imagination, and spontaneity. Over the 6 days, a progression of Linklater Voice work will take you from breath impulse, through the pleasure of vibration, and into the joy of speaking Shakespeare text. Movement work will take you on a journey from poised stillness to ecstatic physical expression. The focus will be on freeing you from physical tensions that inhibit your creative impulses, and give you the means to act with both spontaneity and clarity.

Afternoon Sessions will focus on using a free voice and body to unleash the full size of your imagination and humanity. We’ll begin with Games, move into Comic Play, and end up face-to-face with the Clown, that absurd, funny, sometimes heart-breaking idiot inside you. Combined with the voice and movement work, the Clown work will make you as large as Shakespeare needs you to be, as well as simple, truthful, and unique.

Evening Sessions will focus on short scenes from Shakespeare’s canon, putting the skills and principles gained from voice, movement, and clown into practice. Emphasis will be placed both on using the structure of the verse to enlighten thought and intention, as well as on the qualities of Play necessary to handle the virtuosic shifts in thought and emotion which Shakespeare demands.

DATES: August 27 to September 1, 2019

SCHEDULE: Tuesday, August 27 – 6:30pm to 10pm

Wednesday, August 28 – 10am to 10pm

Thursday, August 29 – 10am to 10pm

Friday, August 30 – 10am to 10pm

Saturday, August 31 – 10am to 10pm

Sunday, September 1 – 10am to 1pm

TUITION: $1,450 USD (includes housings, meals, and one ticket to our production of MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR)

LOCATION: Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, MA

INSTRUCTORS: Jane Nichols and Dave Demke

**EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT: Save $250 if you pay the full tuition by July 1, 2019. Please note: discounts cannot be combined.**

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NYC Shakespeare Intensive

Shakespeare & Company is returning to NYC for a nine day acting intensive! Join us in our over 40 years of excellence in training actors to perform Shakespeare. We will inspire you to create a performance that is both compelling and accessible to today’s audience.

This workshop is designed to be either an introduction to or a refresher in the Shakespeare & Company approach to unlocking the vitality and power of the Shakespeare text for professional actors. Classes will include work in both Monologues and Scenes as well as Voice and Movement, Personal Connection, Dropping In, Feeding In and our other approaches to revealing the exuberant power of the Shakespeare text.

You know this is the training you’ve always wanted but have never been able to take a full month of rural immersion in Lenox. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to the passionate connection you deserve!

DATES: May 3 to 12, 2019

TUITION: $950 USD (union and alumni discounts available)

SCHEDULE:

May 3 – 6pm to 9:30pm

May 4 – 9:30am to 10pm

May 5 – 10am to 10pm

May 6, 8, 9, 10 – 6pm to 10pm

May 11 – 10am to 10pm

May 12 – 10am to 5:30pm

LOCATION: Mid-town Manhattan

INSTRUCTORS: Andrew Borthwick-Leslie, Dave Demke, Corinna May, Tina Packer, Bob Wicks

**EARLY PAYMENT DISCOUNT: Save $75 if you pay the full tuition by April 12, 2019. Please note: discounts cannot be combined.**

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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