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The studio is extremely fortunate to have Rob Clare, an internationally recognized Shakespeare specialist and former member of the Royal Shakespeare Theater (RSC), return to the studio to lead a highly practical Shakespeare workshop over six Sundays during April and May.

This class is for committed actors, with or without previous experience of Shakespeare. Whether preparing for auditions, to get over any inhibitions, or whatever your interest, get up on your feet – get creative. Breathe new life into old verse! Pick up on key strategies and fundamentally practical approaches to help and empower you, in bringing Shakespeare’s text to vivid, fresh, confident and flexible life onstage. You are actors. These plays are for you.

Broad-ranging, eclectic, and always tied into the actor’s process, the workshops will focus on in-depth rehearsal of scenes and monologues. We will show that verse, heightened vocabulary and other potentially daunting aspects of these complex texts are in fact invitations to be individually creative and spontaneously responsive, to give them new dynamism and life.

Participants will initially prepare a Shakespeare speech of their own choice, or (with an agreed scene partner) a short dialogue, or section of a scene. All will then work on selected scenes and speeches, as agreed and as appropriate. During our weekends together, we will survey a range of Shakespeare texts, and differing approaches to them, and especially to working with verse. We will demystify, and take away any fear. We will explore both the issues and the opportunities inherent in highly figured language, imagery, and formal elements such as rhyme. We will also consider the challenges and special opportunities of direct audience address, and in using Shakespeare speeches in auditions.

Rob Clare was originally an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), then a Staff Director at the UK National Theatre, and Associate Artistic Director of the major UK touring company, Compass, for whom he directed the first major revival of Amadeus. He was also one of the pioneers of using drama to work creatively with inmates in the UK prison system. Becoming increasingly interested in differing approaches to working with Shakespeare, he completed a doctorate in the subject at Oxford University and has since become an internationally recognized Shakespeare specialist. He has worked in numerous training institutions within the UK, and established the MA Classical Acting course at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, which he also led for its first three years, as well as also teaching at the Globe. Since resuming his freelance career he has directed and/or taught Shakespeare in Ireland, Austria, Germany, Australia, China, and the USA. In India, he directed Hindi productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. Before moving to the US, he worked regularly for almost a decade as a freelance specialist verse and text coach with the RSC’s core acting ensemble, leading annual workshops, and working in and alongside rehearsals for productions of Richard III, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V and Hamlet. In the US he has worked as visiting faculty at The Juilliard School, Brown, USC Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach and NYU Tisch (both graduate and undergraduate acting). He has also directed productions of As You Like It (Antaeus Theatre Company, Los Angeles), Cymbeline (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), Twelfth Night and The Merry Wives of Windsor (American Shakespeare Center, Staunton VA), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Marin Shakespeare Company), King Lear (Luna Stage, Orange NJ), The Winter’s Tale (Hang A Tale Productions, NYC), As You Like It (Kentucky Shakespeare), Richard III (Idaho Shakespeare Festival), Pericles (USC Los Angeles), and The Duchess of Malfi (CSU Long Beach). He has worked regularly at the NYC Actors Center, the Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC, and with the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company, Chicago, for whose ensemble he led Shakespeare workshops, and also provided specialized verse and text work for Tina Landau’s production of The Tempest. Current projects include directing Richard III for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Los Angeles. He is married to the actress Reiko Aylesworth, and they now live in Pasadena CA, with their son, Andre.

Workshop Details:
DATES and TIME:  Six Sundays in April and May. 2 PM – 6 PM
April 21st and 28th.
May 5th,12th,19th, and 26th.
LOCATION: The Berg Studios  3245 Casitas Ave, Suite 104 Atwater Village, CA 90039
FEE:  $350 students / $425 non-students