This double-session course is designed to give students the experience of preparing a complex role from the beginning of a rehearsal process through the moment of performance. Working with both a professional director and a professional actor, students explore all the elements of acting in a full production, including text analysis, dramaturgy, character development, blocking, giving focus, taking direction, connecting to other actors, and dealing with the audience.
This offering of the course culminates in four public performances of As You Like It, one of Shakespeare’s most accessible and enjoyable comedies. Casting will be even more open than usual – in fact, we’ll be intentionally casting many roles with actors who might not think of themselves as the traditional right “type.” Even if you think your days of playing ingenues are over, or if you don't identify as a woman, in this production you can still be considered for the role of young Rosalind. We're throwing traditional preconceptions about character types -- race/ethnicity/gender/age -- out the window altogether as we cast lots of fun and challenging roles for students of all levels. No Shakespeare experience necessary. An added instructor will be on hand to help with interpreting the text. Auditions are low–key – no monologue required.
Start Date: 2/23/2021 | End Date: 5/15/2021
Class: Tuesdays 7-10pm ET; Thursdays 7-10pm ET; Saturdays 2-5pm ET
Final Dress Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 12, 6-11pm ET
Performances: May 13, 14, 15
No class April 3 (Easter)
Auditions will take place entirely on Zoom. Classes require live participation on Zoom at the scheduled times using your own device. Zoom is most effective when used on a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet. Students using a cellphone to access class are likely to experience reduced functionality that may limit their ability to participate fully in class. Please review the technical requirements necessary to take part in an online class before enrolling.