Spring 2020 Session NOW ENROLLING


Spring Shakespeare Gymnasium

Saturdays (& 4 Sundays) 11:00-2:00
April 19 - May 31, 2020

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:

The Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street, Santa Monica
Brad's Studio, 1646 20th Street, Santa Monica

* Saturdays: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Sundays: April 19, May 3, 17, 31

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 

richly nuanced

Elizabethan text

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.”

Vito D'Ambrosio

The Non-Acting Acting Class

"Susan has a wonderful talent for making Shakespeare's language understandable to her students. She taught me how to dive into the complicated technicalities of the text with a curious and approachable simplicity. She creates a safe space...and encourages playful exploration and risks. She is a total pro with an infectious passion. Her class gave me the confidence I needed to audition (and be accepted into) The Old Globe/USD Graduate Acting Program!"
- Mason Conrad

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