"Is there no play

To ease the anguish of a torturing hour?" 

– A Midsummer Night’s Dream

April 21, 2021

We are back with a fully online 2021 Spring Shakespeare Program: online acting classes in May, an invitation to participate in our Celebrating Shakespeare 2021 program for Shakespeare's birthday, and a play to watch! Join us online for celebration, education, and entertainment!

2021 Spring Shakespeare Program

Celebration   Education   Entertainment

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Celebrating Shakespeare, 2021

Connecting globally through celebrating Shakespeare

To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday, we are inviting people to share monologues, scenes, and thoughts to celebrate Shakespeare and connect with each other online.

We invite you to participate, and to explore others' pieces.

Speech of Fire's

Shakespeare Studio


May 2021 Acting Classes

Sundays May 9, 16, 23, 30


Photos by Laura Jasinskaite

We have adapted our usual classes for an online format! Come join us for two courses, appropriate for all levels of experience.

Missing theatre?

You can now watch The Orderly from home!


Filmed by Double Vision Media Liaisons

We have released the video of our 2019 production of Michael Downey’s solo play The Orderly, and we are asking viewers to support frontline workers.

February 27, 2021

Missing theatre?

You can now watch The Orderly from home! 


Although the live theatre world has shut down for the time being, many theatre companies are finding ways to reach audiences through filmed productions of their current and past shows. 

We have just released the video of our 2019 production of Michael Downey’s solo play The Orderly, and we are asking viewers to support frontline workers, with links to suggested charities below.




In The Orderly, raspy-voiced Peter shares his passion for Anglo-Saxon historical reenacting as an escape from his normal life as an orderly in a New Zealand hospital. Through the story of the Battle of Maldon, juxtaposed against the everyday struggles of daily life in a hospital, Peter uses history, literature, and the imagination to enrich life in a thankless job, and to make sense of loss.


The Orderly is a poignant comedy, full of storytelling and character switches, based on Michael Downey’s experience as a hospital orderly and the people he met there. The Orderly is part of our ongoing performance repertoire, meant for touring and remounting in various locations, but for now it’s free to watch from home!

More about The Orderly:

The Orderly, by Michael Downey (2019) 


In lieu of purchasing a ticket for this show, please consider giving to a charity that supports frontline workers.


A helpful list of charities supporting medical efforts:

(Scroll up or down for other categories of covid-related charities as well)


Another helpful list:


Other ways to support frontline/essential workers:


Enjoying Speech of Fire’s work? Support us here: 

January 6, 2021


Happy New Year!​ 

Welcome, 2021!

“Joy, gentle friends! Joy and fresh days of love accompany your hearts!”

– A Midsummer Night’s Dream

"Is there no play

To ease the anguish of a torturing hour?" 

– A Midsummer Night’s Dream

We hope your year is filled with joy, good health, and happiness! We've had a quiet year, but right now we are focused on editing videos of our past productions, starting with The Orderly, coming soon!

June 12, 2020

There are many great anti-racist resources available right now. For anyone not sure where to find them, we have been compiling a list on our website. Click on the link or the button below.


June 12, 2020


Black Lives Matter. Period.

At this moment in history, even amidst the loss and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, nothing else feels as urgent as this movement, and it is important for us to pause our usual social media activities so that we can focus on bearing witness to what is happening and doing what we can for the Black Lives Matter movement.

We have been compiling a list of links to resources on our website (, including:
-links to leading organizations in the Black Lives Matter movement

-articles on anti-racism
-lists of anti-racist resources
-some theatre resources, including lists compiled by American Theatre of black theatre companies and relevant plays
-things to watch, listen to, and read

Between all the lists of resources within our list, there is a LOT there, but we’ll continue adding to it. Feel free to let us know of other important resources to add. Personally, we are finding the page helpful as we try to keep track of lasting, high-quality resources to keep coming back to while also keeping up to date with the barrage of news.


Over the years, we've found that harnessing the power of Shakespeare's language provides an outlet for whatever grief and pain we may be feeling, leading us perhaps toward some kind of meaning, however imperfect. In that spirit, we have shared in our social media, and on our home page, five quotes from Shakespeare’s plays that have sprung to mind this week. They resonate deeply with us right now, and perhaps they may with others, in this time of swirling grief, anger, and hope.

-Lauren and Michael

April 23, 2020



Missing Theatre? 

Want something to watch while stuck at home?


Although the live theatre world has shut down for the time being, many theatre companies are finding ways to reach audiences through filmed productions of their current and past shows. During our time leading Seoul Shakespeare Company, we prioritized filming our productions for future release to the public, and our 2016 production of Much Ado About Nothing is already available, with more productions to come in the future.

You can stream Much Ado About Nothing, which was our first production as a directing-producing-designing team, for free on Youtube:

Much Ado Teaser

Much Ado 1st half

Much Ado 2nd half

We created this production as Seoul Shakespeare Company (SSC) in 2016, and it began a new era in our company’s style that we continued for the next three years with our productions of The Winter’s Tale (2017), The Merchant of Venice (2018), and King Lear (2019). After Lear, we passed Seoul Shakespeare Company on to its current leaders, so that it can remain in the Seoul community while we prepare to move away. We hope someday to be able to do these kinds of full-scale productions again as our new entity, Speech of Fire, after settling in a new location.

This production of Much Ado About Nothing was Michael's directorial debut. Lauren served as the company’s Artistic Director and producer as well as designing and constructing the costumes and set, designing the sound, and composing and/or arranging the songs. Lauren is also in the cast (as Beatrice). These and all the company’s videos were edited and color corrected by Lauren. The video and audio for Much Ado were recorded by Double Vision Media Liaisons.

Full cast and crew listings can be found in the video’s end credits and on the Much Ado About Nothing show page (along with photos, links to press, etc).

Lauren is in the process of editing our productions of The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, and King Lear, but they will be out eventually! Teaser for The Winter’s Tale below. (Contains spoilers!)

You can follow what the new Seoul Shakespeare Company is currently doing on their website:, and support them on Patreon.

April 3, 2020

Stay Home. Stay Connected.

One of the reasons we love what we do is because theatre, whether it’s in a workshop or in a performance, brings people together and reconnects us with each other. In this unprecedented time, we are seeing particularly clearly the importance of human connection. 


And while we at Speech of Fire are fortunate in that we are just starting out and were planning a quiet, relaxing Spring of teaching and writing (our first spring in nine years not doing a Shakespeare production as Seoul Shakespeare Company!), other theatres around the world are facing huge financial struggles, and theatre artists are finding themselves without a livelihood. At the same time, theatre artists are finding innovative ways to keep art alive amid the struggle, and some theatre companies are finding ways to reach new audiences through generous sharing of their productions and other resources online.  

So in place of our Spring acting classes, we are focusing right now on supporting our friends and colleagues around the world whose theatre companies are asking for support as well as those who are finding innovative ways to keep reaching audiences and keep theatre alive. We’ll also be sharing some of our favorite resources that have influenced us and that can bring us together as humans. 

Together, we can overcome this crisis.

Stay home. Stay connected.

-Lauren Ash-Morgan and Michael Downey          

We'll be sharing on Facebook, Twitter, and a bit on Instagram:

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Acting Classes

Spring 2020

Spring Acting Classes Postponed 
Out of respect for societal efforts to minimize person-to-person contact, and due to the uncertainty of many people’s schedules, workloads, finances, etc. during this time of coronavirus countermeasures, we are postponing our spring acting classes until things become more normal. We hope to bring them back in the summer or autumn.
In the meantime, check out what we had planned below. We hope to get to this same material later in the year. 

Speech of Fire's

Shakespeare Studio

Spring 2020 Acting Classes

Spring Session 1: April 5-26 (Postponed until further notice)

Spring Session 2: May 17-June 7 (Postponed until further notice)

Movement & Ensemble 
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Sundays, 12:00-1:50pm
Acting Shakespeare's Text
Sundays, 2:00-3:50pm
Rehearsing Shakespearean Monologues & Scenes​​​
Sundays, 4:00-6:50pm

Winter 2019-2020

Performance Repertoire

Speech of Fire is currently focused on building a repertoire of small, mobile shows that can be revived, tour, and travel in the future. 

Repertoire so far (can be performed in rep or separately):

The Orderly

"Hospitals are battlefields."

Mind must be the firmer,

heart the more fierce,

courage the greater,

as our strength diminishes.

Written and performed by Michael Downey

Directed by Lauren Ash-Morgan

Appropriate for all ages, aside from a few curse words.

Approximate running time: 1 hour

"Quality work… solo theatre as it should be." 

Capital Times