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Shakespeare Acting Classes

May 2022


Hone your Shakespeare acting skills!

Based in Seoul. Join us online from anywhere!

This month's course:

Acting Shakespeare's Text

Language and Action—Solving Problems

It's the last week to register! (Register by April 30)

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Delve deeply into Shakespeare's text, exploring a new speech each week based on the month's theme. This month we experience characters trying to solve complicated problems for themselves, including Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” and Viola’s ring speech.


Thursdays in May, 7:00pm-9:00pm (Korean Standard Time, GMT+9) for 4 weeks (May 5, 12, 19, and 26)

$80 USD

8 hours total instruction

Registration deadline: April 30 at 7pm (Korean Standard Time, GMT+9)

Appropriate for adults and teens age 16 and over, of all experience levels.

Taught in English via Zoom.

Co-taught by Lauren Ash-Morgan and Michael Downey.

Course Description

Acting Shakespeare's Text

Shakespeare embeds lots of keys and clues in his text to help the actor give performances that are complex, innovative, exciting, naturalistic, and action-driven. In this class we explore key ways to bring out the richness of Shakespeare's writing, in a visceral way, in order to reveal exciting possibilities in interpreting character, communicating clearly to the audience, getting at the meanings and intentions of a passage of text, and exploring language as moment-to-moment action. As with all things in acting, the aim is not to find one correct answer, but to find out new, inspiring possibilities for the text. 

“Language and Action: Solving Problems”

This month focuses on "Solving Problems": characters using language to work out complicated problems for themselves. Based on the work of David and Rebecca Clark Carey, this class explores monologues specifically selected for this month's topic (including Hamlet's "To be or not to be" and Viola's ring speech) and utilizes techniques tailored to each monologue to bring out the text’s most salient features, with an eye toward how the discoveries made in these monologues can be applied to other texts. 

This course is for actors and directors of all levels who wish to improve their understanding of Shakespeare’s text and performance possibilities. 


Participants will need:
A room with enough space to move around a bit (nothing fancy, just a space that allows you to walk around a little), and in which you can vocalize. Please make sure your space is reasonably free of background noise.

Details and Registration

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