Shakespeare Scene Study 


UPCOMING!!! DATE TBA  (Sundays 12-4 in Santa Monica)

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Now Enrolling: RICHARD III

Advanced Scene Study

This Advanced Scene Study class is designed to help the experienced actor become more alert to the text.  It's an invigorating way of working through Shakespeare's entire canon, one play at a time.

In this 5-week session, we will focus on Richard III, examining the meter (poetry vs. prose); use of rhetorical devices; & delve into the historical background of the War of the Roses.

Then, using selected scenes and speeches, we enter rehearsal mode, exploring the characters and given circumstances through movement and staging.  This class keeps us in shape to perform, while fine-tuning our ability to "read" and "play" Shakespeare's music with boldness, clarity, and nuance.

this is an advanced class for those with experience performing shakespeare

held in santa monica

$250 per 5 week session 

Enrollment is limited

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The War of the Roses

War of the Roses, (1455–85) was the series of dynastic English civil wars whose violence and civil strife preceded the government of the Tudors. Fought between the Houses of Lancaster and York for the English throne, the wars were named many years later from the supposed badges of the contending parties: the white rose of York and the red of Lancaster.

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Advanced Scene Study

Henry 6, pt. 2

(May 19- June 9) -- CLASS OVER--

Henry VI, Part 2 is a history play by Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1591 and set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England.  Henry 6, pt 1 deals primarily with the loss of England's French territories through the battles between Joan of Arc (Joan La Pucelle) and Talbot.  Henry 6, pt. 2 picks up with questions over the legitimacy of Henry's seat upon the throne, and the political instability and civil rebellion that ensures, setting the house of Lancaster and York against one another. The play ends with the  opening battle of the War of the Roses,  at St. Albans. (1455) 

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Advanced Scene Study

Henry 6, pt. 3

(June 16 - July 7) --CLASS OVER--

Henry VI, Part 3 is a history play by Shakespeare believed to have been written in 1591 and set during the lifetime of King  Henry VI of England. Directly following the Battle of St. Albans,  Henry VI , pt. 3 deals primarily with the horrors of that civil war, which lasted over 30 years and was essentially a war within one family, the descendants of Edward III.    

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Advanced Scene Study

Richard III

(dates TBA) -- UPCOMING--

Richard III follows directly after Henry 6, pt. 3 and is about the death of Henry 6 and the fall of the House of Lancaster, giving way to the rise of the House of York.  It follows the loss of Richard York's first two heirs, leaving Queen Elizabeth and her two young sons, the Princes in the Tower, vulnerable to Richard of Glouster, who ultimately unseats them all and is established as King Richard III.  It then follows the prophesies of Henry 6's banished Queen Margaret as the House of York collapses under the barbarous rule of Richard, and the way is paved for the House of Tudor to finally bring peace and balance to a divided, war-torn country. 

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"Scene Study with Susan Angelo has significantly increased my understanding of the Bard’s work. Her method of examining text, character analysis, and how to tackle prose and verse has made Shakespeare less intimidating. In fact, she makes reading his plays exciting!There are so many layers to his writing and she helps you pierce them all." 

Christopher Loverro, actor, founder of Warriors for Peace

"I came to the Shakespeare Gymnasium and Scene Study classes after being on the “other side of the camera” for over two decades (not to mention that when I was acting, I had never performed Shakespeare!) My fears were quickly put to rest by Susan’s contagious enthusiasm, support, direction, and exercises that help focus the actor on simply what needs to be done. Her remarkable breadth of knowledge about Shakespeare and the technical demands of this kind of text are nothing short of inspiring. She has given me a newfound love of Shakespeare and re-lit my acting bug." 

Rebecca Robertson-Szwaja, script supervisor (Goliath, Veep, Sideways)

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How to Enroll:

If you were in the Henry 6 sessions, you are encouraged to continue with Richard IIIclick here

If you have taken the Gymnasium but are new to this Scene Study, let's talk to see if it's a good fit for you.  
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If you are new to Susan Angelo Acting Studio, let's set up an interview to make sure this Advanced Scene Study Class is right for you!  click here

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