CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
with Daniela Varon
June 3 & 4, 10am-6pm, midtown Manhattan
A workshop for actors and other theater artists who wish to explore a variety of approaches to Shakespeare's text and forge a passionate, imaginative, embodied relationship with Shakespeare, his characters, and his world. This workshop is designed to increase the actor's physical, vocal, emotional, and intellectual responsiveness to the demands and joys of playing Shakespeare. The weekend includes individual monologue work in a master class format, as well as group exercises and instruction. We will do extensive text analysis, including structure of the verse, elements of language, and the use of rhetoric, while considering personalization, characterization, and the actor-audience relationship.
Please choose and learn by heart a monologue which fills you with curiosity and a great interest to speak these particular words. Wear clothing that allows you to breathe and move freely.
DANIELA VARON is a New York-based director and acting teacher and a longtime member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. Her work, including Shakespeare, contemporary and new plays, has been seen at some forty theater companies around the country. She has taught and directed at Barnard, Bennington, Dartmouth, Emerson, Purchase, and Smith Colleges, the University of Connecticut, the MFA acting program at Columbia University, the Sfumato Theatre Laboratory in Bulgaria, and a variety of other actor training programs. She is on the faculty of the Linklater Center for Voice and Language, and has been a Shakespeare specialist with Lincoln Center Theater's Open Stages program. Daniela was Associate Director and co-founder, with Kristin Linklater, of The Company of Women, and co-producer, director and moderator of the series Conversations with Shakespeare, which played three seasons at Symphony Space.