Mondays, September 19 through October 24
6:45–9:15 p.m. ET
Instructor: Renea Brown
Prior Experience: Intro to Acting or equivalent
Learn how to create unique and interesting characters and choices by using Shakespeares text, and your own imagination. No matter how many lines or scenes an actor has, character creation is key in making a show memorable! Students will gain a working knowledge of how to build Shakespeare’s characters and intent – a foundation that can then be applied toward continuing study and performance.
Essential Question: What is the process for creating Shakespeare’s characters that illuminates the text, articulates the action, and informs dynamic choices?
Course Objectives: Participants will…
Course Outcomes: Participants will be able to…
From the Syllabus:
Week One: Character Exploration: Villains/Lovers/Clowns
Week Two: Character Breakdowns: Text Evidence
Week Three: Choose Your Player & Find your Piece
Week Four: Finding Your Evidence
Week Five: Let’s play
Week Six: Final piece work
Renea Brown has been an actor for 20 years, primarily focusing on Shakespeare the last 10. She has played over 35 Shakespearean characters professionally, including: Lady Macbeth, Titania, Jacques, and Cassio. She has performed at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, American Shakespeare Center, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Island Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, Round House Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and others. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre at the University of Louisville, and a Masters degree from STC’s Academy of Classical Acting at The George Washington University. She is also the proud owner of Box o’th Bard, where she makes Shakespeare themed gift boxes!
You can catch Renea as Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream, with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre at the National Building Museum!