KING LEAR, June 28- August 2

Sundays, 12 -4 (4-8 on July 19)

title TBA, Sept. 20 - Oct. 25 

Sundays, 12 - 4 (4-8 on Sept. 4 & 18)  


June 28 - August 2, 2020


June 28, July 5, 12, 26, August 2 (12:00-4:00pm)
July 19 (4:00-8:00pm)

This Advanced Scene Study class is designed to help the experienced actor become more alert to Shakespeare, one play at a time! Next up, we will explore King Lear.

Together we read the play, applying the shifts in meter and rhetorical devices that allow us to vigorously speak the text, yet maintain nuance.

Then, we enter rehearsal mode, and explore the characters and given circumstances through monologues and scenes. This class keeps us in shape to perform, while fine-tuning our ability to "read" and "play" Shakespeare's music with boldness, clarity, and passion.

this is an advanced class for those with experience performing shakespeare or those who have taken the gymnasium

class held ONLINE via ZOOM

$250 per 6 week session


By invitation only

King Lear

King Lear was derived from the legend of Leir of Britain, a mythological Celtic king.  Shakespeare's version explores themes of family, aging, mental deterioration, loyalty, betrayal, honour, loss of love, yearning for love, forgiveness and ultimately a kind of enlightenment. As George Bernard Shaw wrote, "No man will ever write a better tragedy than Lear." 

Click here for the Folger full text 

Click here for the RSC synopsis

Click here for the RSC's Lear "Learning Zone"

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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 Richard III session, enroll for King Lear 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.
click here

If you are new to Susan Angelo Acting Studio, let's set up an interview and/or audition to make sure this Advanced Scene Study is right for you! click here

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Past Sessions:

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.

Henry 6

pt. 2 & 3


Richard III