Course code:



MA - Intermediate/Advanced

Class size limit:


Meets the following requirements:

  • ADS - Arts & Design Studio

Lab fee:


This course is an intensive study of Shakespeare’s work from the point of view of the actor.

Through text analysis, scene study, physical/vocal work, and acting exercises, students explore the meaning, music, and power in Shakespeare’s words and develop their own strategies for performing the play effectively for contemporary audiences. The bulk of the work involves learning, staging, and presenting key monologues and scenes from the play for critique and continued revision.

Students will gain a clear understanding of the context in which the play was written but will focus primarily on contemporary connections, current practices and a wide variety of recent adaptations. Evaluation is based on participation in class activities, readings and discussion, successful completion of all performance projects including productive rehearsal time alone and in groups, and a portfolio of written responses and an effective presence on a shared class blog. There will be at least one class field trip.


Permission of instructor. Priority will be given to those who have successfully completed Shakespeare: Character, Conflict and Cinematography and/or Actor Training I.

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