Mondays, May 3 through June 14 (No Class on Memorial Day, May 31)
Instructor: Renea Brown
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Introduction to Acting or equivalent required.
Discover the approach that all classical actors use to analyze and interpret Shakespeare for performance. Through a mixture of performance and text analysis, students will gain a working knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays and language—verse, prose, meter, character and intent—a foundation that can then be applied toward continuing study and performance.
Renea Brown, STC Teaching Artist
Years with STC: 7
Last Seen In: Much Ado About Nothing and A King and No King at The American Shakespeare Center
My Favorite Exercise To Do in Class: You said what? Hooking exercise
What I Love About Teaching: “I love witnessing a student’s light bulb moment. I’m only giving students tools; when they add their creativity to those tools then comes the moment of an epiphany!”
From the Syllabus:
Week One: Words, words, words: Language structure
Week Two: Tear a passion to tatters: Rhetoric and paraphrasing
Week Three: Must (like a whore) unpack my heart with words: Textual analysis and given circumstances
Week Four: Speak the speech, I pray you: Transferring text work to speech
Week Five: Now I am alone: Monologue and scene rehearsal prep
Week Six: Go make you ready: Practice of performance
Renea Brown has been an actor for 20 years, and primarily focusing on Shakespeare the last 10. She has played over 15 Shakespearean Characters professionally, including: Lady Macbeth, Lady MacDuff, all 3 Witches, and Ross in Macbeth, Jacques in As You Like It, Cassio in Othello, Celia in As You Like It, Guiderius in Cymbeline, Mariana in Measure For Measure, Sylvia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Virgilia in Coriolanus, Iris and Miranda in the Tempest, and others. Previous credits include The Tempest, Macbeth (Ensemble, Female Swing: Shakespeare Theatre Company) | Macbeth, Cymbeline (Lady Macbeth, Guiderius: Theatre Prometheus) | As You Like It (Celia: Prince George’s Shakespeare Festival) | Coriolanus, The Trojan Women (Virgilia, Reagan: Brave Spirits *Helen Hayes Nominated: Best Ensemble) | Othello, Sense and Sensibility (Cassio, Marianne: Island Shakespeare Festival) | The Tempest, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew (Kentucky Shakespeare), and others. You can catch Renea next in Macbeth at Chesapeake Shakespeare and in The Renaissance Season Rep at The American Shakespeare Center.