Fall Shakespeare Gymnasium
Saturdays (and 2 Sundays) 11:00-2:00
September 21 - November 9, 2019
This class is like going to the gym to build muscle, core strength and flexibility. Techniques explored are fundamental for speaking Shakespeare’s verse & prose with confidence. Those who have performed Shakespeare will take their work to a deeper, richer level. "Verbal calisthenics" grounded in scansion & rhetoric will enable the actor to become more sensitive to the musicality in the text and use the rhythm and devices of language to unleash the characters' specific thought processes in a visceral and dynamic way. Physical and vocal exercises fine-tune the performer's instrument, so that the language can work through them, and cast its magic upon the audience.
Enrollment is limited.
Classes are held at:
* Saturdays: Sept. 21, 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9
Sundays: Oct 6, 27
The gymnasium is a place to work out our "language" muscles. We practice leaning
into the meter; stretching our voices and imagination to lift up heightened, yet
and bring Shakespeare's complex and humane characters to life.
I like to incorporate physical exercises in the gym as well that explore dynamic shifts and open up multiple pathways into the thought processes and passions of the characters. The gym helps build the "physical and verbal muscle" to approach Shakespeare, other classics, as well as modern text.
- Susan Angelo
"Susan gave us invaluable tools for unlocking the beauty and the mystery in Shakespeare's texts, and for helping us see into the souls of our characters."
- Annette Davis
"Susan is an amazing acting teacher, blending her repertoire as a Shakespearean scholar, actor, and theatre director...all with grace, humor, and supportive critiques. I’ve learned techniques that have helped me in all mediums.”
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