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Thursdays, August 11, 18, and 25, 2022 7:00-9:00pm (Korean time)

  • 60 US dollars
  • [3 weeks, 2 hours per week] Location: Zoom

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.  THIS MONTH’S THEME:  Rhythm & Meter, Part 1: Finding the Rhythm (Shakespeare's Early Plays) ​This month we shift to a more technical area of Shakespeare performance: rhythm and meter. One of the core fundamentals of performing Shakespeare, we have so far left it largely untouched as we have focused more on intentions and imaginative exploration. But it is finally time! Sound daunting? Don't worry! This class is an exploration, feeling out the rhythms and making discoveries as you go!  ​We begin this course by introducing Shakespeare's main verse form and the variations to the regular meter that were common at the beginning of Shakespeare's career. We then begin to apply this knowledge to the first few lines of Mark Antony's famous "Friends, Romans, countrymen" speech. Then we move on to full speeches, first exploring Julia's letter speech from The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and then Richard III's opening speech from Richard III. Finally, if time allows, we quickly explore one short prose speech, Grumio from The Taming of the Shrew, to experience how the structure of prose can create its own rhythms. In all of these speeches we will explore techniques that can be used in a range of similar monologues. Based on David Carey and Rebecca Clark Carey's The Shakespeare Workbook and Video: A Practical Course for Actors, this class explores monologues specifically selected for this month's topic 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.  Registration deadline: Saturday, August 6 at 7pm (Korean Standard Time, GMT+9)

Cancellation Policy

Participants may withdraw for a refund up until 5 days prior to the first class. After this there are no refunds for class withdrawals. (We will of course give refunds if we have to cancel a class from our end at any point.)