The theory is that if you can handle the complexities of Shakespeare’s verse, you can do anything. The embodiment of text is key to the actors’ craft and thus this workshop will enable you to sharpen your acting skills by using Shakespeare’s texts to test out new approaches and techniques. We will investigate:
- The relationship between form and content;
- Heightened form and heightened experience;
- The art of performing an engaging monologue;
- The breath and phrase in Shakespeare;
- Shakespearean Characterization;
- The codes of Elizabethan Court and what this means to an actor in the world of the play.
By the end of the week, participants will be able to present a monologue; be able to present a short duologue or group scene; have an understanding of the Elizabethan world view; feel tested and stretched as an actor; be developing a new sense of intellectual and instinctual muscularity; and understand how the relationships you build in scenes are the key to effectiveness as an actor.
Andrew Tidmarsh will be guiding the actor through these processes using play, improvisation and scene building. While each actor will receive a great deal of personal attention they will also be working ‘on their feet’ throughout much of the day. The emphasis on the class time is on doing, acting, creating and building. Relatively little time is spent watching or discussing.
The Theatre Ontario Summer Theatre Intensive runs from August 7 to 13 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. Read about all of our Summer Courses on the Theatre Ontario website.