Experience the challenges and rewards of playing Shakespeare in sessions moderated by a rotating group of L.A.’s top actors, directors and acting teachers. Now an ongoing, year-round program, SW features a different guest moderator every month. Actors new to the workshop commit to an initial 12-week session; returning actors may join the workshop on a by-the-month basis. Open to actors of all ages and levels of experience, the workout focuses on text analysis, monologue and scene work.
Meets Tuesdays 2 – 5 pm, beginning February 9th
Class fee, new actors: $570 for initial 12 week session or $500 early bird discount!
Class fee, returning actors: $140 per month
Class size: 16 – 20 actors per class
Open to actors of all ages
This workshop, focusing on selected texts from Hamlet, will explore methods of enhancing the classical actor’s range, depth and scope onstage. Using Elizabethan Cosmology, Folio Clues, “Geography of Thought”, and the Actor/Audience relationship, I will assist the willing actor in finding new ways of playing through great monologues and scenes from this familiar and monumental work.
Here are some practical, helpful tools for playing Shakespeare with more presence, more intellectual clarity, more focused inquiry and more persuasive argument in expressing the “Soul” of the play.
If you’d like to bring ten to twenty lines of any character’s text, memorized, from the play Hamlet for the first meeting, please do; other scenes will be assigned, and group discussion, exercises and master class-style lessons on unpacking and embodying the text will ensure that everyone participates at every meeting.
Lisa Wolpe is an actress, director, teacher and producer. She is the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company, an award-winning all-female, multi-cultural theater company that she founded in 1993. L.A. Magazine has called seeing the LAWSC “one of the ten coolest things to do in Los Angeles” Ms. Wolpe recently produced, directed and played Iago in Othello at the Theatre @ Boston Court; other favorites include Richard III, Hamlet, Romeo, Henry V, and more. She and received the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Sustained Excellence in 2008, and the company has been featured on PBS, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and London’s International News.
February 9 (11am-5pm)
February 16th (2-5pm)
February 22nd (2-5pm)
Antaeus: TONIGHT AT 8:30 and several CLASSICSFESTs, among others. Broadway:THREE PENNY OPERA; ST. JOAN
Regional Theater: San Diego Repertory Theater, San Diego Globe, American Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, and the Guthrie Theatre. Los Angeles Theater – (selected list) Matrix Theater: Birthday Party (LA Drama Critic’s Circle Nom. Lead Performance), LATC, Odyssey Theatre, and the Mark Taper Forum. TV: 100 different TV shows including “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Boston Legal,” and series regular Quark on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”. Voice-overs: (selected list) “Adventures of Billy and Mandy,” “Evil Con Carne,” “Underfist,” “Bioshock,” “Green Goblin” for Marvel, Toad for the “X-men” game. As an educator, he has taught Shakespearian scholarship at theTheatricum Botanicum, the Tyrone Guthrie Theater, the College of Idaho, UCLA’s Performing Arts Camp, Claremont College,and forAntaeus. He is a three time published novelist for Simon and Schuster, and has directed several of Shakespeare’s plays at several theaters in Los Angeles.
March 1st (2-5pm)
March 8th (2-5pm)
March 15th (2-5pm)
March 22nd (2-5pm)
Make-up date or extra workshop: March 29th (2-5pm)
As a fight director for the past 35 years, Steve Rankin has staged fights all over the US, Canada, London and Australia. His Broadway credits include the new hit musical Memphis as well as all of the productions worldwide of Jersey Boys. Plus Guys and Dolls, The Farnsworth Invention, The Who’s Tommy, Dracula, Two Shakespearean Actors, Getting Away With Murder, Anna Christie, Twelfth Night, The Real Inspector Hound and Henry IV Parts I & II at Lincoln Center. Off Broadway credits include: The Third Story, Pig Farm, Below the Belt, The Night Hank Williams Died. Mr. Rankin is an Associate Artist of the Old Globe Theater as an actor and Fight Director.
April 6th (2-5pm)
April 13th (2-5pm)
April 20th (2-5pm)
April 27th (2-5pm)
Email your headshot/resume today ~ auditions by appointment only Space limited but still available–email firstname.lastname@example.org