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The Actor as Shakespeare's Lens: A Voice, Text, and Journaling Workshop (Online Class) - Click here to apply

DESCRIPTION

To know ourselves as artists we must know of what we’re made. The many events and experiences of our lives are an inner landscape, depicting the contours and colors of who we are, and the roots of our desires. If, as actors, we are to ““hold, as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature” it behooves us to hold that mirror up to ourselves. By exploring our inner landscape we are released from believing we’re not big enough for our art, and our work becomes more resonant. We become the lens though which our audiences discover Shakespeare’s many mirrors. This workshop is for the actor who wants to fully explore being that lens, and reinforce their creative purpose at a time when the world needs it most.

OVERVIEW

This workshop is a series of imaginative, memorial exercises, as well as preparatory voice and movement exercises, with Shakespeare text work, and the speaking of Shakespeare text, intermixed. Journal writing is a key component, with time set aside throughput the workshop for creative writing and processing. Each participant comes to the workshop with a well-memorized, 1 minute Shakespeare monologue.

The workshop takes place over the course of two weekends, with a total of 14 contact hours. The workshop will include:

  • Physical and vocal warmups
  • Monologue work: each participant receives voice and text coaching on their monologue
  • Various exercises to awaken the senses and inspire the imagination lead into journaling and creative writing exercises
  • A final sharing of the participants’ Shakespeare monologues, along with a voluntary sharing of creative writing, celebrating how Shakespeare’s words echo in their inner landscapes, noticing the clarity of their individual lenses.

DATES AND SCHEDULE: (all times listed are U.S. Eastern Times)

June 20: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

June 21: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

June 27: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

June 28: 10am-12pm

TUITION: $200 USD

LOGISTICS: This class will meet via Zoom.

INSTRUCTOR: Dave Demke

**Union, alumni and student discounts available**

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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**

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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