This workshop provides a deep introduction to the art of speaking and performing Shakespearean language. Intended for actors who are new to Shakespeare as well as those who want to refresh their skill, these six weeks will focus on developing tools that every actor needs to demystify and inhabit the meaning, imagery, sounds and rhythms of Shakespeare’s remarkable texts.

We will look at sonnets and speeches, verse and prose as we analyze text to reveal how Shakespeare creates remarkable opportunities for honest and vibrant human expression. You will be encouraged to explore your personal response to the material, accessing the visceral expression of your body, voice, creativity and imagination. This work will increase your kinesthetic and intellectual understanding of the material and help you perform Shakespearean text with vitality, spontaneity and confidence.

At the completion of this class, actors will have strong audition material that demonstrates a deep understanding of Shakespeare’s heightened language. 

Teacher: Heather Rasche



See Two Year Conservatory Program