Acting Shakespeare

Eileen Ward as Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.


“Most of my theatre work since college was in musicals. When Lenny cast me as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing I was terrified! SHAKESPEARE!! He calmed my fears, walked me through it, and opened a door that at that point in my career I didn’t think was possible!”

Shakespeare, the greatest of writers, wrote for actors! In this ten-week Shakespeare intensive, learn how to use the goldmine of clues that Shakespeare provides so that you can play his language with honesty, confidence, specificity and passion. We will devote the first two classes to an in-depth and invaluable illumination of Shakespeare’s most essential acting tools:


  • intention
  • rhythm
  • operative words
  • imagery
  • oppositions
  • builds
  • caesuras
  • geography of thought
  • support
  • acting on the line

Over the remaining classes, you will workshop two scenes and two monologues, and get to show your work each week, followed by in-depth, playable feedback, in a supportive and fun environment.  This class will give you the know-how and freedom to speak Shakespeare with courage, clarity and oxygen –

to suit the action to the word, the word to the action.