Classes and Workshops
HOLIDAY BREAK ACTING WORKSHOP
Join Kentucky Shakespeare directors and artists for this special three-hour winter workshop.
Students will explore acting skills and Shakespeare’s text and have lots of mid-holiday break fun!
9:00AM-noon – Ages 7-12
This group will focus on movement, imagination, and listening – using the stories behind Shakespeare’s words to find a new way to express themselves.
1:00-4:00PM – Ages 13-18
The older students will focus on the acting skills necessary to bring Shakespeare’s words to life, making the text relevant to their own lives and therefore more fun to perform!
Tuition: $40 for the three-hour workshop
LOUISVILLE IMPROVISORS – Finding the Connection
The award-winning Louisville Improvisors present this 6-week workshop for adult actors and non-actors alike. Each session will end with the chance for the group to showcase their work at the Third Friday with the Louisville Improvisors at The Bard’s Town.
TUITION: $150 for a 6-week session
SESSION ONE: Tuesday nights, January 30 – March 6, 6:30 – 8:00pm; Third Friday showcase March 16
SESSION TWO: Tuesday nights, March 13 –April 17, 6:30 – 8:00pm; Third Friday showcase March 20
About the workshop:
It’s not about you, it’s not about me, it’s about us. It’s about the relationship! Through games, exercises and scenework, we can learn how to get the most out of our improv relationships.
During this 6-week course students will learn the fundamentals of improv comedy, including “yes and,” creating characters, relationships and developing their spacework. Building on the fundamentals, students will begin to remove their improv training wheels while exploring ways to strengthen their scenes including finding games and developing deeper characters and relationships. Students will also begin to explore various longforms including finding games, editing and group scenes. They will also learn how to listen to each other, build on ideas and work together as a team. But most of all, they will learn how to have FUN. The Louisville Improvisors believe that improv is not just for improvisers.
Chris Anger, instructor
SHAKESPEARE OFF THE PAGE
The nerdy-coolest book club / geek session in town invites participants to step into the world of Shakespeare’s texts, getting a behind-the-scenes look at Kentucky Shakespeare’s upcoming season.
Each session covers one of the plays in the season. Sign up for all 4 to immerse yourself in the Bard until it’s time for the summer season! Plus, you’ll save $40 by booking all four in advance.
TUITION: $60 for 3 sessions on 1 play or $200 for 12 total sessions on 4 plays (Save $40 when you sign up for all four)
SESSION ONE: Saturday January 20 and February 3, 1:00 – 4:00 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Kentucky Shakespeare’s spring tour of this best-known comedy begins in early March. The group will choose a mutually agreeable date to attend the performance and talk about the production.
SESSION TWO: Saturday February 17 and 24, 1:00 – 4:00 - The Comedy of Errors; Saturday, June 2, 6:00 meet before the 8:00 performance
SESSION THREE: Saturday, March 24 and 31, 1:00 – 4:00 – Henry IV, Part One; Saturday, June 16, 6:00 meet before the 8:00 performance
SESSION FOUR: Saturday, April 21 and 28, 1:00 – 4:00 – Othello; Saturday, June 30, 6:00 meet before the 8:00 performance
About the workshop:
I mean, of COURSE the best way to experience Shakespeare is seeing a live performance, but that’s not always an easy possibility. And reading Shakespeare brings back your nightmares of that one nun/former field hockey coach who taught Freshman English.
But digging into these plays and treating them like the playscripts they are can be a lot of grown-up fun once you unlock some of the tricky bits in a casual, snack’n’chat, no-test-on-the-reading setting. So resident Kentucky Shakespeare actor/dramaturg (pronounced: professional nerd) Gregory Maupin will lead a group through three sessions that will help you get the most out of reading Shakespeare on your own, before a show, or with a group of other weirdos who enjoy this kind of thing, too. The final session will happen before and after a performance of the show in focus, so you’ll be ready to get the most out of the performance.
(This is primarily a series aimed at normal, decent people, but actors are not unwelcome.)
Here’s what some past participants had to say:
“Greg knows WAY too much to fit into 3 or 4 sessions, but…I am jazzed about further DIY exploration.”
"Greg's workshop is great for Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike. I'm more of a newbie and ended up reading Richard II just for kicks--and understanding it. It's the most unpretentious Shakespeare group you'll ever be a part of, and so much better than 10th-grade English class (sorry, Mrs. Range)."
Gregory Maupin, facilitator
SPEAK THE SPEECH - SHAKESPEARE FOR THE ACTOR
Three 2-hour sessions on weekday evenings for $60
About the workshop:
For experienced actors, acting students and those recently bitten by the acting bug – we’ll meet you where you are and give you the tools you need to take your craft to the next level!
A member of Kentucky Shakespeare’s artistic staff will guide each actor through the process of interpreting Shakespeare’s text for performance. This includes understanding Shakespeare’s storytelling style, iambic pentameter, and how to make the heartbeat of the narrative work for you. We’ll also address acting standards like character, objective and stakes. Each participant will leave the session with a Shakespeare monologue ready for audition or performance.
STAGE COMBAT, ELIZABETHAN STYLE
Partnership with the Frazier History Museum, with Eric Frantz as the instructor. Read Bio.
COST: Sword and hand to hand - $40 for 4 hour session
COST: Dagger and hand to hand - $40 for 4 hour session
COST: Rapier - $40 plus $20 equipment rental. This one would require pre-payment so we can arrange renting the weapons.
Stage Combat Workshop dates TBD. Email Kyle Ware for information.