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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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Public Speaking Workshop with Tina Packer and Samuel "Mooly" Dinnar (Online Class) - Click here to apply

Let your authentic voice be heard and move others to action!

This popular workshop (offered by Packer and Dinnar regularly since 2017) has successfully helped dozens of activists, students, community organizers, business people, educators, politicians, and concerned citizens to improve their skills and confidence in connecting to an audience and delivering their message.

The workshop includes an introduction to Shakespeare & Company’s training methods and to Shakespeare’s text. It also includes some contemporary speeches, as well as group discussions about the power of speaking and listening in times of transitions and divided societies. Each participant has the opportunity to refine and practice their own unique message on a subject of their choice.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering this workshop online (six sessions over two weeks; no acting experience required).

DATES: October 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 & 26, 2020

SCHEDULE: 6:00 to 9:00pm (U.S. Eastern Times)

TUITION: $200 USD (full and partial scholarships available)

LOGISTICS: This class will meet via Zoom.

INSTRUCTORS: Tina Packer and Samuel "Mooly" Dinnar

**Alumni and student discounts available**

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Shakespeare from the Whole Self: Sense & Specificity (Online Class) - Click here to apply

Kristin Linklater spoke of the actor’s Quartet of Communication including voice, body, intellect, and emotion. Come explore an approach specifically designed to ignite all components of the quartet, led by the conductor – your imagination.

Join us for a supportive weekend of playful exploration designed to enhance the specificity, vividness, and clarity of your text. This intensive weekend continues in the vein of our popular class, Shakespeare from the Whole Self: The Creative Voice, and is completely accessible to new participants.

Each day will include awareness exercises, voice warm-ups, voice-and-text explorations, and monologue coaching, with each participant coached for at least two 20-minute sessions as part of the class. You’ll experience the synergy of three potent methods offered together: Linklater Voice Method, The Feldenkrais Method, and Shakespeare & Company’s text work.

This workshop is designed to serve anyone interested in exploring a unique integration of awareness, voice, movement, emotion, intellect, and imagination in the acting of Shakespeare, including:

  • Those who have taken Shakespeare & Company’s Intensives and are interested in going further into specificity of text.
  • Participants from Shakespeare from the Whole Self: The Creative Voice who would like to play again – adding new tools to their toolkit.
  • Anyone who would like a transformative weekend of creative voice and text work.

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

DATES AND SCHEDULE: (U.S. Eastern Time)

October 23 - 4:30pm to 7:30pm

October 24 - 11am to 7pm

October 25 - 11am to 7pm

TUITION: $325 USD

LOGISTICS: This class will meet via Zoom.

INSTRUCTORS: Corinna May and Gwendolyn Schwinke

**Union, alumni and student discounts available**

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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