Acting Shakespeare

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Acting Shakespeare with Steve Dooner

SUNDAYS: November 5-26, 2:00pm-4:00pm

MMAS Arts Center at Great Woods
888 South Main Street
Mansfield MA 02048

Tuition: $99.00 ($90 for MMAS MEMBERS)

This new workshop will include an appreciation of great moments and classic verse from the plays, as well as performance and mastery of a Shakespearean sonnet and the performance of a Shakespearean scene.  Students may wish to memorize, but it will also be possible to work live with a script.  (For those who took last year’s workshop and may wish to take this one, there will be all-new content, new scenes and new sonnets!).

Class 1: Appreciation of Shakespeare (New This Year!).  What’s so great about Shakespeare?  What do his plays do that no one else’s do?  Why is the verse an important tool for actors? This class will attempt to answer those questions and show how English-speaking actors are inheritors of a profoundly beautiful and unique tradition that has revolutionized world theater. This class will also feature techniques for “Freeing the Shakespearean voice.”

Class 2:  Sonnet Workshop.  The sonnets of Shakespeare are an ideal way to introduce the challenges and beauty of Shakespearean verse.  Students will explore and perform a sonnet and receive a critique that will help them develop their approach for a final dramatic performance.

Class 3:  Scene Study:  Shakespeare’s scenes are known for their complexity and range of emotion.  Techniques for performing Shakespeare’s language learned in earlier classes will be applied to a classic scene and students will develop an approach to performing a Shakespearean character by reading the text and by studying the historical nature of the play.

Class 4: An Appreciation of Shakespeare in Performance (New This Year!).  Students will explore the exciting stage history of Shakespeare’s plays and the revolutionary performances that helped define modern theater.  Also, students will perform a monologue from one of Shakespeare’s plays.

*Any actors looking for monologues for auditions can work with me on the selection of the monologue and receive a professional critique as part of this class

Steve Dooner is a professor of English at Quincy College, where he teaches courses in Shakespeare and Theater Arts.  He also directs and acts in Shakespearean drama.  He recently directed Euripides’ The Bacchae at the Oberon A.R.T. Stage in Boston, a production that was also chosen as the A.R.T.’s official selection for the Boston Common Fringe Festival.  He has directed productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet at the Bay Colony Orpheum Theater in Foxboro, and he will be directing the upcoming production of The Tempest for MMAS in the spring of 2018.  Steve has a graduate degree in English Studies from the University of Delaware.