why study shakespeare?

Because as a poet, dramatist, and humorist, Shakespeare sets the bar high for bold, powerful storytelling.
As a man of the 16th century theatre, he champions the modern actor to tell stories that reverberate in the 21st century. As he deepens our compassion and challenges our minds, Shakespeare continues to be the torch bearer for modern drama. 

tell the story

To bring the character(s) to life to support the story, we must be able to read the "music" that the playwright wrote, and then develop the skills to play that music. 

Shakespeare teaches us these skills. 

awaken your imagination

In a large amphitheater, intimate space, or in front of a camera, Shakespeare taps into complexities and contradictions in human nature that existed hundreds of years before 'psychology' was invented.  He "holds a mirror up to nature" for actor and audience to unite in a deeper understanding of humanity in this complex, modern world.  

find the heartbeat

Through verse, prose and the use of rhetorical devises,  Shakespeare guides us directly to the heartbeat of the character and the symphony of the play.  

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