Sept. 18 - Nov. 6, 2021

actors discussing the Shakespeare Gymnasium  

Fall Shakespeare Gymnasium

8 Saturdays & 2 Sundays,  11:00 am -2:00 pm
Sept. 18 - Nov. 6, 2021    

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.

Saturdays: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6

Sundays: Oct. 3, 24   

The GYM is held ONLINE via Zoom *

*  TO BE ONLINE OR NOT ONLINE....that is the question.

I am so eager to get back in person, but to be honest, I am playing it by ear until the studios that I use are confidently re-opened sans limiting restrictions.

Meantime, the Gym works exceedingly well online; and the format allows actors from different parts of the country to participate.  

As things are ever changing, however, I will remain flexible. But for now, the Gym will be online.

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 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

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"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."

- Kathleen Dunn

"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."

- Derek Chariton

"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

Mimi Lam

"The Shakespeare Gymnasium helped me build a foundation for my acting. It gave me the confidence to tackle grad school auditions,other Shakespeare monologues, and contemporary pieces. These tools will staywith me for the rest of my acting career. With Susan's help, I was accepted into Brooklyn College's MFA Acting Program. I wouldn't have been ableto start this next chapter in my life if it wasn't for the Gymnasium."     - Mimi Lam

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"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

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