Shakespeare Through Improvisation

Class Detail

  • Moderated by Brian Lohmann
  • monday
  • 1 - 5pm (9/9 - 11/18)*

  • Class Fee:
    $450 Tuition + $50 Deposit ($400 + $50 if paid by 8/31)
  • Class Size:
    14-16

This class will be a ten-week exploration of Shakespearean language, characters and storytelling using improvisational games and techniques. By employing a lively, on-your-feet approach the course aims to narrow the gap between the resourceful, mercurial nature of Shakespeare’s original company and today’s more scholarly rehearsal processes.  These exercises have been refined over decades of classroom experimentation. They are designed to ignite the senses, unleash the imagination, and galvanize the mind, body, and spirit. Improvising in the style of Shakespeare encourages students to create together first, then analyze after. The result is a deeper trust in ones own imagination and an ensemble that embraces joyful discovery and risk.  By adapting Shakespeare’s own literary devices, this class encourages new voices in classic traditions and inspires actors to work moment-to-moment – even when speaking Shakespearean language.

  • No class on 11/11.

Course Instructor

Brian Lohmann

Brian has been improvising Shakespeare for almost 40 years. His teaching credits include The American Conservatory Theatre’s MFA program, Stanford, Pepperdine, The Guthrie Theatre, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab, The Old Globe/USD, and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Brian is on the faculty of The Huntington/Clark Library Shakespeare Teacher Training Program. He appeared Off-Broadway in Two’s a Crowd and The Improbable Theatre’s LIFEGAME. Other stage credits include A.C.T., The Old Globe, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Laguna Playhouse,The Magic Theater and ten seasons with Impro Theatre, where he also directs. Brian has received Garland, Drama-Logue, and StageScene LA Awards. He has performed as a guest artist with Antaeus several times and led a workshop in improvising Dickens when his adaptation of The Pickwick Papers was read by the Antaeus company in 2018.