Shakespeare’s Monologues

Shakespeare’s Monologues

MAR 28 – May 6

Tuesdays, March 28 through May 6
6:45–9:15 p.m. ET

Instructor: Renea Brown
Prior experience: Intro to Acting or equivalent

Take ownership of the text by developing a process to examine, analyze, and rehearse Shakespeare monologues. With multiple opportunities to work scenes, you will begin to dig beneath the surface of the text, allowing you to approach, connect, and perform the Bard’s works confidently and professionally.

Essential Question: What methods can I use to dissect the text, follow Shakespeare’s directions, and perform his works in a fresh and compelling way?

Course Objectives:

Participants will:

– Examine the structure of Shakespeare’s language

– Use language to activate sound and movement though the mouth and body

– Explore the theatrical process of bringing these classical scenes to life onstage

Course Outcomes:

Participants will be able to

– Scan verse using iambic pentameter, rhythm and tempo, and finding irregularities.

– Paraphrase, highlight operative words, and use Shakespeare’s embedded directions.

– Develop a method to go from text to performance preparation Key Knowledge & Skills

– Language and text analysis – Transfer text from the page to the mouth and body

– Theatrical process for preparing for monologues

Enduring Understandings: Everything you need to know to analyze and perform Shakespeare’s work is found in the text.

From the Syllabus:

Week One: Words, words, words: Language structure

Week Two: Tear a passion to tatters: Rhetoric and paraphrasing

Week Three: Must (like a whore) unpack my heart with words: Textual analysis and given circumstances

Week Four: Speak the speech, I pray you: Transferring text work to speech

Week Five: Now I am alone: Monologue prep

Week Six: Go make you ready: Practice of performance

 Renea Brown has been an actor for 20 years, primarily focusing on Shakespeare the last 10. She has played over 35 Shakespearean characters professionally, including: Lady Macbeth, Titania, Jacques, and Cassio. She has performed at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, American Shakespeare Center, Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Island Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, Round House Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and others. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre at the University of Louisville, and a Masters degree from STC’s Academy of Classical Acting at The George Washington University. She is also the proud owner of Box o’th Bard, where she makes Shakespeare themed gift boxes!

You can catch Renea as Helena in A Midsummer Nights Dream, with the Folger Shakespeare Theatre at the National Building Museum!

Tickets and Schedule

Dates     March 28 – May 6