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Con(verse)sation; How to speak Shakespeare without a stick up your ass

Shakespeare for Adult Actors

With all the beautiful museum pieces and grandiose ideas about the right way to “speak the speech," it’s easy to forget that we are most deeply effected by classical plays - or any plays! - when we catch glimpses of what is innately and universally human in them. Indeed, our job, as actors, is to layer the flesh and blood around that classical rhythmic skeleton.

So. How do you sound like a human being when doing classical plays, without ignoring their potent structure?

Develop and practice an understanding of the tools, not rules, that help you employ and own the text. Utilizing everything from your favorite song lyrics to sonnets, this physical, empathetic and occasionally irreverent class will find a freedom and the moment-to-moment PLAY that will allow you to be a person within Shakespeare's structured verse.

Students will come away with a working understanding of Shakespeare’s verse, at least one classical monologue, and a foundation for approaching Shakespeare scene work and audition sides.

This class is good for:  Actors who hate Shakespeare.  Actors who are in an “it's complicated” relationship with Shakespeare.  Actors who can't get enough of Shakespeare.  Theatre Students who are looking to fill the gaps in their classical training.  Shakespeare groupies who would just love to know more!

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Emily comes to Philadelphia from New York, by way of Houston, Texas (where she was a Company Member at The Alley Theatre).  She holds an M.F.A. in Acting from The Yale School of Drama, and a B.A. in Theatre/Literature from Grinnell College.  As an actress, Emily has performed all over the country: from 5 seasons as a Company Member with the Utah Shakespeare Festival -  to Washington D.C.’s Folger Theatre - to New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center.  She can be heard spitting verse as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Ophelia in Hamlet, and Portia in Julius Caesar on The Folger Shakespeare Library/Simon and Schuster's audiobook series and Shakespeare app – for which she is also a contributing expert scholar.  Emily is also a Director, Dramaturg, private Acting Coach, and has enjoyed teaching for various schools, conservatories and theaters across the country.