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Acting Shakespeare

ENGL 236.401
also offered as: THAR 235
TR 12-1:30

This is a hands-on studio course designed to empower actors (and directors, designers and dramaturgs) to use the structure of Shakespeare’s language and the conventions of Shakespeare’s stage to build performance, using the skills and method of the contemporary actor.  After the class works collectively on sonnets and speeches, all of the speech- and scene-work will be drawn from a single Shakespeare play (to be determined), with two reciprocal goals:   to use the script to build the performance, and to use what we discover through performance to build an interpretation of the script. 


NOTE:  the normal prerequisite for this course is THAR 120 or THAR 121 or their equivalents; but exceptions will be made by permission of the instructor.

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