Mastering Shakespeare

Class Detail

  • Moderated by Armin Shimerman
  • tuesday
  • 7:00 - 11:00pm, June 23 - August 11

  • Class Fee:
    $450 (Early Bird Discount $350, due by May 1; Two installments - $475)
  • Class Size:
    14 - 16

Armin Shimerman, the current undergraduate professor of Shakespeare at USC and an actor of countless Shakespearean productions, unlocks Shakespeare’s language by the understanding of Rhetoric – the essential actor’s need for communicating characters’ intentions. With that, he gives you the Elizabethan view of the world, including religion, history, language, and Theatre. If you are an actor who fears the Bard of Avon, he will tame him for you. If you are well-versed in the Classics, he can make you many times better and have you wondering, “Why did no one ever teach me this before?” This class will take place on Zoom and will include monologue work.


  • Early Bird Tuition: $350 due on May 26, 2020
  • Regular Tuition: $450 due on June 12, 2020
  • Installment plan: $475. First payment due June 12, 2020; second payment due July 10, 2020.
  • If we have not received your total or partial tuition payment by June 12, 2020, you forfeit your spot in the class.

Course Instructor

Armin Shimerman

(Co-Director of Measure for Measure, The Crucible, and Shakespeare teacher at Antaeus). He is a highly regarded actor and is best known to television audiences as Quark, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He portrayed Leo Tolstoy in Discord for both the Noho Arts Theater and the Geffen Theater. Broadway:Threepenny OperaSt. Joan; I Remember Mama, and Broadway.  Selected Regional Theater: King Lear (Fool), Road to Mecca (Marius),The Seafarer (Blind Irishman -San Diego Critics Circle Award for Best Actor: San Diego Repertory); Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Merry Wives of Windsor (The Old Globe);Henry V (American Shakespeare Festival); Hoagy, Bix, Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhouse (Indiana Repertory Theatre); Threepenny Opera, Camille, Wild Oats (Guthrie Theatre).  Selected LA Theater – Birthday Party (LA Drama Critics Circle nomination - Lead Performance: The Matrix Theatre); Hamlet, As You Like It (Theatricum Botanicum); Misalliance, Juno and the Paycock (with his wife, Kitty Swink), Standup Shakespeare (Odyssey Theatre); Richard II (Mark Taper Forum).  At ANTAEUS:  The Seagull, Macbeth, and many Classic Fests.  TV: 80 different Guest Star roles, including Antaeus the Nox on Stargate, Principal Snyder on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Judge Hooper on Boston Legal, and recently on CSI, Castle, and Franklin and Bash. As a voice-over artist, he was the long running voice of General Skarr on three different animated shows. In the field of video games, he has participated in over two dozen, acclaimed for his voicing of Dr. Nefarious in the Ratchet and Clank franchise as well as Andrew Ryan in the Bioshock  series.