Beginning and Advanced Shakespeare
Beginning Shakespeare explores the demands of successfully interpreting Shakespeare’s characters and text through body, voice, and speech. Monologues, sonnets, and scenes are assigned. The goals are to:
- Break down any barriers the actor may have in working with Shakespeare’s texts
- Develop the actor’s skill to speak the text clearly and authentically
- Learn and successfully handle the use of meter
- Persuasively craft a truthful and compelling performance
The Beginning Shakespeare class meets once a week for eight weeks.
Advanced Shakespeare is a continuation of Beginning Shakespeare, delving more deeply into the material and techniques that will help actors make Shakespeare’s works accessible for all audiences. Individual monologues will be assigned, and students will either work on scenes in pairs or study an entire play with the group, receiving in-depth constructive critiques from the teacher. The goals are to:
- Mine the texts for hidden meanings, text clarity, and rhythm
- Explore the full range of physical and vocal expression
- Further unlock the text with advanced exercises to enhance the actor’s emotional life and imagination
- Connect with and fully develop the Bard’s characters to truthfully share Shakespeare’s stories
- Prepare to skillfully use Shakespeare in both audition rooms and full productions
The Advanced Shakespeare class meets once a week for six weeks. Advanced Shakespeare requires completion of Beginning Shakespeare or equivalent.
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Instructor: Page Clements
Page Clements is a Reader’s Choice Winner in Backstage for her work as a vocal and dialect coach. She is on staff at T. Schreiber Studio, where she teaches Shakespeare, Dialects, Accent Reduction, and Vocal Production. Page has been an adjunct vocal instructor at the Larry Singer Studios, Lycoming College, and Marywood University, as well as a private coach for actors and public speakers. As an actress, she has performed in over 60 productions in the New York City area, including shows at the Roundabout Theatre Co., the NY Shakespeare Exchange, the Metropolitan Playhouse, and the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble. She has been the vocal/dialect coach for many productions, including Ted Greenberg’s one-man show, Ace, in its 5-week Off-Broadway run. As a director, Page made her United Solo directing debut in 2017 with the thought-provoking Blood and Water and in 2018 with Velvet Determination, which received the Best Festival Debut Award. Other directing credits include Lucy Avery Brooke’s solo show, Ekphrasis, and the one-act play, No Soap!, at the T. Schreiber New Works Festival in 2017. www.bestvocalwarmups.com and www.pageclements.com
Page received her BFA in acting from Wesleyan College in Georgia, where she also received the Wesleyan Woman of the Year award her graduation year. She furthered her training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts / New York, receiving the Lawrence Langner Award and the Charles Jehlinger Award for speech and acting respectively. She was invited to attend a third year in the Repertory Company, receiving the school’s first Neil Simon Foundation Scholarship. Page served as an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech at AADA for 10 years and was one of the original members of The Metropolitan Playhouse of New York. One of Page’s fortes as a teacher is creating as well as reducing regional and foreign dialects.Read more about Page