Shakespeare: From Page to Stage

Class Detail

  • Moderated by Elizabeth Swain
  • thursday
  • 7 - 11pm, February 27 - April 30

  • Class Fee:
    $500 - See below for more details
  • Class Size:
    14 - 16

Shakespeare’s texts are a gift to the actor who knows how to find the offered clues to performance. We will explore the text’s structure, its rhetorical devices, its verse, rhythm and sound; we will learn to trust the text as the source of what we need to know about character and action, within the context of Elizabethan culture and beliefs; then physical and text exercises will help bring the words to stage life. Liz’s goal is to give an approach to any new piece of text as a preparation for the real business of acting Shakespeare.

Elizabeth Swain holds a PhD in Theatre from the CUNY Graduate Center and is a member of the Antaeus Ensemble. She has acted on and off Broadway, in regional theaters across the country and has directed many Shakespeare productions in NY and LA. She has taught at Barnard College, NYU, Marymount Manhattan, Cal State Long Beach and recently started teaching Shakespeare at CalArts.

  • Regular Tuition: $500 due on February 14, 2020
  • Installment plan: $525. First payment due February 14, 2020; second payment due March 31, 2020
  • If we have not received your total or partial tuition payment by February 14, you forfeit your spot in the class.

Course Instructor

Elizabeth Swain

Elizabeth Swain is an actor, director and teacher and holds a PhD in Theatre from the CUNY Graduate Center. Broadway: Charley’s Aunt, Crown Matrimonial, Sherlock Holmes. Innumerable off and off off Broadway productions, regional theatres (NJ Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Co of Boston, ACT Seattle, etc ) and  tours (including with the National Shakespeare Co, The New Globe etc) . TV: many soaps esp. Guiding Light and Dark Shadows. In Los Angeles:  The Ghost in LA Women’s Shakespeare’s Co’s Hamlet, The Clean House with Cal Rep. At ANTAEUS: Top Girls, Macbeth and The Curse of Oedipus.  Directed The Malcontent and several ClassicsFest productions: Medea, The Lucky Chance, Our Country’s Good, King John and The Master Builder.   Other favorite directing projects: Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Master Harold and the Boys, Camille, The Rover et al. Has taught at NYU, Barnard and is Professor Emeritus, Marymount Manhattan College, faculty of the Antaeus Academy and guest Shakespeare teacher at Cal Arts.