We will engage in deep investigation of text analysis for performance of Shakespeare: scansion, rhythm, sense stress, image work, phonetic phraseology, etc. Additionally, we will explore techniques for enlivening that analysis with a performing body. We will study the structure of the verse and the elements of rhetoric as the primary source for an actor’s investigation of a role. The majority of the term will be devoted to the language of Shakespeare. We will study how heightened language combined with personalization, characterization and the actor-audience relationship informs the physical, vocal, emotional and intellectual responsiveness of the actor.
Corequisite: Dance or Drama lab assignment.