Shakespeare Academy Class
in association with Seoul Shakespeare Company
Movement and Ensemble
October 6, 13, 20, and 27
Total hours of instruction: 8
Location: Our rehearsal space near Sungshin Women's University Station (subway Line 4) (Directions will be sent to participants)
Instructor: Lauren Ash-Morgan
Tuition fee: 80,000KRW
Class size: approximately 5-14 students
A series of movement and ensemble-building techniques designed to hone actors' instincts onstage.
-develop spatial awareness, body awareness, and physical and mental openness,
-develop greater ability to connect with and react to others,
-hone moment to moment physical impulses,
-break away from the idea of performing, stripping down performance to the pure self in the moment
Recommended for advanced, intermediate, and beginning actors. Please wear clothes you can move freely in. We will be working barefoot.
A NOTE FROM LAUREN
This summer, Michael Downey and I had the privilege of participating in Prague Shakespeare Company's Summer Shakespeare Intensive and worked with a variety of great teachers, directors, and actors. While taking classes during the day with a variety of master teachers, I had the transformative experience every evening of being in the cast of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by world-renowned Shakespeare expert Ben Crystal. The focus of our rehearsals was on a specific process of ensemble-building through movement. I would like to share a little of that experience through this course, so that, while we are not preparing for a specific performance in this class, we can develop the sense of an ensemble, and each participant can hone the kind of actor's instincts that we developed in that cast.
Email by October 3 with your name, your phone number, and the name of the course(s) you would like to take.
Full list of courses here.
We will respond with bank account details, and your spot will be confirmed once we receive your tuition funds.
Lauren Ash-Morgan has been the Artistic Director of Seoul Shakespeare Company since 2014, having joined as an actor in 2011. Acting credits include Prague Shakespeare Company's The Two Gentlemen of Verona directed by Ben Crystal at the Estates Theatre (Silvia/Ensemble); Seoul Shakespeare Company’s The Merchant of Venice (Portia), Garage (Susan), The Winter’s Tale (Paulina/Time), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Titus Andronicus (Tamora), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Hamlet (Gertrude), The Tempest (Alonsa), and Macbeth (Lady Macbeth); Probationary Theatre Company’s Popcorn (Farrah), Betrayal (Emma), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Martha); Eurasia Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Richard III (Queen Elizabeth) at the National Theater of Korea; and the independent feature film Amiss. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (Voice) from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology, specializing in Korean traditional music and dance, and is exploring ways to utilize Korean traditional dance and vocal technique in theatre training. She also serves as Seoul Shakespeare Company’s producer, costume designer, composer/music director, and text coach, and will direct SSC’s upcoming production of King Lear.
Lauren (together with husband actor/director/playwright Michael Downey) spent this summer training at Prague Shakespeare Company's Summer Shakespeare Intensive with a variety of master teachers in Shakespeare, voice, movement and ensemble work, clown, original practices, original pronunciation, audition technique, First Folio, rhetoric, and character development, with additional workshops in Meisner, Baroque dance, psycho physical acting, physical theatre, Michael Chekhov technique, etc. Lauren and Michael are looking forward to sharing some of what they learned with our Seoul community.