Shakespeare Unlocked: Learn Classical Acting
- 3.5 hours on-demand video
- 4 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Perform a Shakespearean monologue with confidence and clarity
- Understand your strengths and weaknesses as a performer through individualised feedback on your performance
- Know how to approach a Shakespearean monologue or text, analyse it and understand it
- Learn how to warm up your body and voice to perform anywhere
- Bring clarity of thought and expression to your classical and contemporary acting
- Speak Shakespeare and be understood by your audiences
- Learn how to be focused and free from distraction on stage
- No knowledge is required
- It is recommended to know a Shakespeare verse monologue off by heart - but if you don't, don't worry. I will recommend some choices which you can then learn along the way.
- A pen, paper, and ideally a camera (for example, your smartphone camera)
Do you want to be an actor? Are you an experienced contemporary actor looking for some help with classical texts? Or, have you stepped on stage so many times that you're feeling lost for inspiration and need a fresh perspective to bring your performance to life?
If so, this course is for you. In this course, experienced performer and teacher Linda Taimre takes you through how to use your body and your voice to express yourself on stage. While the focus is on Shakespearean text, the methods and techniques that Linda teaches are foundational to all types of acting.
After this course, you will feel confident to tackle any Shakespearean monologue or scene. You will know how to bring your performance to life and have it filled with emotion, truth, and your own vibrant presence.
Start today and take your acting to the next level.
- People who are completely new to acting
- Contemporary actors who don't have experience in Shakespeare
- Film/TV actors who don't have experience on stage
- Experienced actors who are looking for a fresh perspective on their craft
Welcome! In this video, I will give you a some information on my background. I'll then detail what you will need to get the most out of this course. I'll include some links for you to assist with choosing a Shakespearean monologue.
After that, it's time to get started on the course - we kick off with a series of lectures about you, your body, and your voice...
This video outlines what you will need in order to take full advantage of this course.
In this video, I introduce the key concept of body awareness. You will learn the reason why body awareness is crucial for an actor, and how to start cultivating this vital skill.
In this lecture, I take you through the 'body' part of your warm-up. This is a great video particularly for beginners who aren't aware of how to start getting your body moving and flexible. If you are experienced with yoga/stretching, you may not need to watch the first section, however it's essential that you tune into the section regarding spinal rolls (from 13:10 onwards).
Here I discuss an important principle of movement as an actor: economy of movement. This encompasses two main ideas: what action do I need to do, in this moment, to best express myself? And, to do that action, what parts of my body do I actually need to move to make that action work?
What do you know about your 'character' - or, you? What do others think of you? What do you think of you? All of these questions, and more, are important to consider when rehearsing your monologue. This lecture will give you practical tips on how to explore these questions, and how to put them into practice.
In this video I discuss the importance of relationships, and understanding 'you' in relation to the other characters on stage. Important elements to consider include the relative status of the characters, the past history, and the actual relationship (family, friend, etc.).
Shakespeare wrote in verse for a reason - and that reason is primarily rhythm. In this lecture, I encourage you to feel that rhythm and use it to your advantage. Plus, I talk about breathing and how the rhythm of Shakespeare and breathing at the ends of lines makes your performance more natural.
This a quick, daily warm-up that you can follow. If you can do this every day, you will see amazing results and improvements in your performance ability. This does not include all of the exercises that I taught in earlier lectures, this is intended as a rapid warm-up for when you don't have a lot of time to spare. When you have time, be sure to use it on a fuller, longer training session.