A Text, Breath and Body Workshop
This workshop will explore how the formal structure of Shakespeare’s words informs an actor’s physical, vocal and psychological choices. Students will be introduced to the tools needed to fully understand and express the power of Shakespeare’s language, enabling them to take his words off the page and speak them with clarity, understanding and vitality. Working with monologues, we will explore verse, prose, scansion, rhetorical devices, punctuation, the relationship of thought and sound to emotion, and physicalization of the text.
The goal of this workshop is to demystify the poetry of Shakespeare so that the actor can find support and inspiration in its structure, expanding the actor’s vocal, physical and emotional range and awakening impulses. Students will be responsible for learning at least one monologue of their choice, and should have at least the first 15 lines memorized by the first class. This class is designed for new students as well as those already familiar with Shakespeare. Regardless of where you are in your development, this intensive will deepen your understanding of text, and help you develop a more integrated sense of thought, breath, sound, movement and connection to help bring you Shakespeare’s words to life.
This workshop is limited to 14 students.
Place: A.R.T., New York Spaces @ 520,
520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd floor
(between 36th and 37th St)
To register for class, or if your have any questions, please CONTACT CHRIS.
A professional actor and a proud member of Actor’s Equity for more than a decade, Chris Delaine Costalas has appeared in leading roles off-Broadway and in many theaters around the country. Chris holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium, where she studied under Oskar Eustis, Paula Vogel and Brian McEleny. Chris is also a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where, as an English major, she studied Shakespeare and dramatic literature with noted scholars Peter Sacchio, Linda Boose, and William Cook. Chris has also trained with Patsy Rodenburg of the Royal Shakespeare Company; Stewart Pearce, Master of Voice at England’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre; and Anne Bogart & the SITI Company.