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Shakespeare acting workshop

By Melissa Eidson

Anyone can say the lines of Shakespeare like a pro, by learning the same tools and techniques that Shakespeare used himself to direct the actors in his troupe, The Kings Men, in Renaissance England. He was a clever one, writing the directions within the lines, using things like grammar and the measurement of syllables, to tell the actors how to handle verse. This workshop focuses on the First Folio and how to decipher code in order to interpret the meaning of the lines with the purpose of acting them out. We will learn how to breathe through to the end of the line, how to understand a masculine and feminine ending and many more wonderful tools/techniques that professional Shakespearian actors often used in preparation for their roles.

Acting Workshop
Sat, Jun 7, 14, 21 and 28, 11am–1pm
San Francisco 10
200 pesos per class

Melissa Eidson trained with Jeff Corey in Los Angeles and Earl Gister, Diana Quick, Derek Jacobi, Vanessa Redgrave and Dame Peggy Ashcroft at the British American Drama Academy in England, as well as Edward Albee and Jose Quintero at The University of Houston. She was assistant director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival one year in the late ‘90s and performed Shakespeare scenes at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, where she also taught Shakespeare’s plays at Pratt Institute and Hunter College. For the last ten years, her part-time gig has been teaching the plays online at Ashford University and Colorado Tech University.

To reserve a space: email or call 152-2753. (Ages 14 and up).


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