Mondays, November 1 through December 13 (No Class on Thanksgiving week)
Instructor: Renea Brown
Prior Experience: Prior participation in Introduction to Acting or equivalent preferred, but not required.
Tired of seeing the same Lady Macbeth over and over on stage? 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.
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!”
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 three 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 The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Virgilia in Coriolanus,Iris and Miranda in The Tempest, and others. Previous credits include: STC: The Tempest (Ensemble), Macbeth (Female Swing) | Theatre Prometheus: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Cymbeline (Guiderius) | Prince George’s Shakespeare Festival: As You Like It (Celia) | Brave Spirits: Coriolanus (Virgilia), The Trojan Women (Reagan *Helen Hayes Award nomination: Best Ensemble), and others | Island Shakespeare Festival: Othello (Cassio), Sense and Sensibility (Marianne) | Kentucky Shakespeare: The Tempest, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, and others. You can catch Renea next in Macbeth at Chesapeake Shakespeare and in The Renaissance Season Rep at The American Shakespeare Center.