The next session dates for Intro to Text Work and First Folio are TBD.
I’m a Shakespeare nerd for real, and I love working with actors to break down and de-mystify text. I can give you the tools and guidance you need to begin your journey with Shakespeare, or I can help you brush up old skills that you haven’t flexed in awhile. Text work should be challenging and fun, but never scary!
I deeply believe that this work can be for everyone and should be accessible to all. Yes, Shakespeare is the quintessential old white dude. The plays are far from perfect. But they are also filled with a broad spectrum of humanity, and they can be interpreted, adapted, and performed in infinite ways. In my classes, we are not bound by the “traditional” race/ethnicity/gender of characters. I seek to create anti-racist, gender-affirming, inclusive and equitable spaces, where every participant can bring their whole true self into the room. I want you to feel welcome and safe, in order to make brave choices in your work.
This is a Pay-What-You-Can affair.
This work should be accessible to everyone. What’s more, these are weird and uncertain times, when many folks in the arts have lost both day jobs and creative gigs. So, set your own rate and pay in a lump sum up front or pay weekly as you attend each class. Payment can be sent through Paypal or Zelle (details will be sent after you register).
NO REALLY, HOW MUCH? If you’re looking for a guideline, I’d set a starting value at $150 for the 5-week class, which works out to $15/hour. But if you can’t afford that right now, just pay what you can, even if it’s a fraction of that. Seriously. I want you to be there. My classes are for everyone.
INTRO TO TEXT WORK AND FIRST FOLIO
There are no current sessions available for registration. Check back for future class dates.
Let’s be Shakespeare nerds together and dive into text work using the First Folio. (Don’t know what the First Folio is or why it is useful to actors? We’ll talk about it at the first class.) We’ll break down the steps to approach a piece of text, and work through a monologue of your choice* throughout the 5-week session.
WHAT TO PREPARE: You’ll need to select a monologue that you want to work on. The monologue must be in verse, not prose. I recommend a shorter piece so that you’ll have a short and sweet audition monologue in your pocket by the end of the class session. About 20 lines of text, give or take, would be perfect. No more than 30.
Other than selecting a monologue, there is nothing else to prepare before the first class. Beth will provide instructional materials on or before the first class. Be prepared to spend time working on your monologue each week between classes.
*If you need help selecting a monologue, I can choose one for you for a $25 fee. There is a space in the registration form to indicate if you select this option.