Month-long Intensive

program Dates

January 3 to 30, 2024

Arrival: Tuesday, January 2 Departure: Wednesday, January 31

Tuition Fees

$5,000 USD

Early payment discount: Pay the full tuition by September 15 and save $500.

Program Description

The Month-long Intensive is Shakespeare & Company’s signature workshop. For six days a week, morning to night, participants immerse themselves in voice, movement, text analysis, exploration of the actor/audience relationship, sonnet work, scene work, clown, stage fight, and in-depth discussions about the function of theatre and the role of the actor in today’s world.

The goal of the Month-long Intensive is to expand the actor’s vocal, physical, emotional, and imaginative responsiveness to language through Linklater voice work, and to apply it to the delights and demands of Shakespeare’s text. Shakespeare & Company faculty offer an integrated approach in which each class complements and builds upon the others, and each participant receives careful and considered attention and support.

Shakespeare & Company’s Month-long Intensive is geared towards mid-career theater professionals. If you are a current undergraduate student, please consider the Summer Shakespeare Intensive.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available for People of the Global Majority/BIPOC artists from the Dennis Krausnick Fellowship Fund. Application and audition video due by October 1.

Contact training@shakespeare.design for more information. Please note: Multiple discounts and scholarships cannot be combined.

Housing and Meals

Tuition costs include double-occupancy housing and all meals. Housing is located on-campus; a limited number of single rooms may be available for an additional fee of $750.

COVID Safety Guidelines

Shakespeare & Company is a fully vaccinated campus, including full-time employees, seasonal staff, artists, volunteers, and program participants. To ensure the health of our Shakespeare & Company community, all Center for Actor Training participants must be vaccinated against COVID-19 including a booster shot. Masks may be required for certain classes and events.

As conditions of the global pandemic are ever-evolving, these guidelines are subject to change and will be updated accordingly. These guidelines are consistent with and/or exceed current Board of Health and State Orders at this time, and we may continue to establish stricter policies based on local conditions and Actors’ Equity Association guidelines. We thank you for your patience, communication, and cooperation.

You will study...

.01 Linklater Voice

The full progression of Kristin Linklater’s approach to voice training for actors is taught during the four weeks by Designated Linklater voice teachers. In addition to daily classes in Linklater, voice teachers regularly join in text classes and offer specialized classes to help participants integrate the voice work into their scenes.

.02 Movement

The movement progression includes Pure Movement (Swings), Alexander Technique, physical expressivity, and dance. Participants will be guided through exercises to promote awareness of (and release from) habitual body tension, sensitivity to impulse, dynamic physical presence and stamina, delight in moving with passion and precision, and ensemble.

.03 Text Work

Basics introduces the actor to a text approach which demands an open and personal commitment to thought, word, and gesture. Basics evolves into scene work, first through Dropping In (an approach to experiencing the text on a word-by-word basis) and into text analysis and detailed scene work. Classes in Sonnet and Structure of the Verse round out the text progression, allowing actors to merge their personal connection with the form of Shakespeare’s language.

.04 Actor/Audience Relationship

The participant is invited to explore the Elizabethan world of Actor/Audience Relationship—a theatrical reality without a fourth wall, in which the immediate energy of the audience fuels the actor to reveal a deeper level of truth and experience, which in turns enkindles the audience’s ability to receive Shakespeare’s language.

.05 Clown & Stage Fight

The participant is invited to explore the Elizabethan world of Actor/Audience Relationship—a theatrical reality without a fourth wall, in which the immediate energy of the audience fuels the actor to reveal a deeper level of truth and experience, which in turns enkindles the audience’s ability to receive Shakespeare’s language.

Tuition

Full course tuition is

$5,000 USD

A limited number of scholarships are available for People of the Global Majority/BIPOC artists from the Dennis Krausnick Fellowship Fund. Application and audition video due by October 15. Contact us for more information.

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