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: Following "Safer at Home" protocol, the GYM will be held ONLINE via ZOOM.
* 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
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
"This class is for professional actors, directors, teachers and
students of Shakespeare. Susan combines the craft and tools of
Shakespeare while at the same time unearthing the humanity of
character. It is rare that a gifted artist is also a insightful
teacher, but Susan is one of those jewels."
"I’ve taken a lot of classical theater classes but the techniques taught in this class are the ones I use to warmup every time I’m about to step on stage. Susan Angelo is a Shakespearean witch who will not only increase your lung capacity beyond what you thought possible, but will also sharpen your mind and diction to an Elizabethan point capable of weaving through any of the Bard’s rhetoric with understanding and skill."
"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 for The Old Globe/USD Graduate Acting Program!"
- Mason Conrad
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