Introduction to Acting Shakespeare

March 6-27, 2021 (4 weeks)
Saturdays 3-5 pm
Offered online via Zoom

"Wonderful and fun."

"An amazing experience. I have even more respect for actors now!"

If you've ever watched an actor onstage and wondered what went into creating his or her performance, this is your chance to find out!

This introductory class, led by ISC Artistic Director Stephen Ponton, is for anyone who wants to explore the art and process of acting Shakespeare. No previous acting experience is required!

If you are a more experienced actor looking for an in-depth exploration of Shakespearean acting technique, click here to learn more about our advanced Acting Shakespeare course.

Some of the things we'll cover in this class include:

  • how actors read Shakespeare differently from everyone else
  • how actors attempt to "reverse engineer" the appearance of real life on the stage
  • how to break down Shakespeare's language, deliver it effectively, and get the most meaning out of it
  • how to build a character and approach a scene from Shakespeare
  • what the rehearsal process involves and how actors can contribute to it effectively

You’ll get to practice each step of the process in a no-pressure environment and apply what you’ve learned to specific characters and scenes, mainly from Hamlet and Richard III. No memorization or work outside of class will be required.

So if you've ever wondered how actors create their performances...

...or you acted as a kid but haven't done it since...

...or you've always wanted to try acting but were afraid or never had the time...

...or if you just love Shakespeare and want to explore his works from a different perspective...

...then this is the class for you!

Registration for this class is now closed. We will be offering this class again in fall 2021. For more information, e-mail us at info@ithacashakespeare.org or watch this page for more details.