Shakespeare’s text is 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 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 exercises will help us relish and bring the text to vibrant stage life. Liz’s goal is to give you a way of approaching any new piece of Shakespeare text…or indeed any heightened text.
Elizabeth Swain is Professor Emerita at Marymount Manhattan College and has taught Shakespeare performance in New York and Los Angeles. She has also performed innumerable Shakespeare roles across the country and was awarded an NEH Fellowship at The Blackfriars in Virginia and Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
* Please note that the week of October 11, class will be on Thursday, October 12. Also be aware that there will be no class the week of November 20-24, and that the final week of class will have two sessions: December 12 & December 14.
Elizabeth Swain is an actor, director and teacher. 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. Professor Emeritus, Marymount Manhattan College and faculty of the Antaeus Academy.