UNRAVELLED WILL

[courses in Shakespeare for professional actors and students]
Discovering authentic contemporary voices within Shakespeare's texts

Shawn Oda as Lennox in Macbeth

Rejecting entrenched stereotypes, these courses will provide you with all the tools you need to discover authentic, relevant, nuanced characters within Shakespeare’s texts, and develop storytelling choices that will speak to our contemporary audiences. We will explore:

 

  • an investigative approach to developing character, sifting fact from fiction.

  • a bare bones process through which we strip text down to identifiable, undiluted clues.

  • enabling us to acknowledge and ditch habitual suppositions and break through our inherited biases.

  • supporting our discoveries with a detailed and methodical approach to text, we will back up our research by enhancing our skills in deciphering and delivering Shakespearean verse and prose.

 [SERIES ONE - WORDS WITH WOMEN]

 

In Words With Women, we will focus on the creation of authentic female characters within Shakespeare's plays.  Our work will start with an exploration of Lady Anne’s dilemma in Richard III, after which participants will choose their own character from Shakespeare to work on. We will then develop individual performance within a supportive group framework.

 

Additionally, we will explore:

  • gender swapping and gender fluidity in our character choices and development; when, where, and why.. 

  • the obstacles we continue to face in bringing our feminist voices to the stage, and set out clear strategies for what we can do to overcome them!

 

This course will enable you to create female characters that surprise, illuminate, challenge and thrill audiences.

Weekly online classes running for 6 Sessions

GROUP A - USA Pacific Standard Time sessions: Tuesdays starting November 10, 2020 (6:30pm-8:00pm PST)

GROUP B - UK Greenwich Mean Time sessions: Wednesdays starting November 11, 2020 (6:30pm-8:00pm GMT)

Fees:

$150-175 sliding scale - USA sessions

£95-120 sliding scale - UK sessions

 [SERIES TWO- CONCORD AND DISCORD]

 

In Concord and Discord, we will focus on the iconic, complex relationships at the heart of Shakespeare's plays.  Hamlet and Ophelia, Romeo and Juliet, Anthony and Cleopatra, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. You don't have to wonder far into Shakespeare's cannon of work to come up against these controversial and contradictory couples. We'll work together to get to the heart of what drives their words and actions, to reject easy stereotypes, and to question our former assumptions in order to find authenticity and relevance in their journeys. Participants will then work in pairs on their chosen duos from Shakespeare's works, developing scenes within a supportive group framework.

 

Additionally, we will explore:

  • gender swapping and gender fluidity in our character choices and development; when, where, and why.. 

  • gender stereotypes in relationships, sifting fact from fiction, myth from reality, and refining the narrative between these glorious and notorious couples.

 

Weekly online classes running for 6 Sessions

GROUP A - USA Pacific Standard Time sessions: Tuesdays starting January 12, 2021

 (6:30pm-8:00pm PST)

GROUP B - UK Greenwich Mean Time sessions: Wednesdays starting January 13, 2021

 (6:30pm-8:00pm GMT)

Fees:

$150-175 sliding scale - USA sessions

£95-120 sliding scale - UK sessions

ABOUT TINA TAYLOR: I have been teaching and directing Shakespeare for over ten years to both professional actors and students. My approach is bare-bones and investigative, honouring Shakespeare's original text whilst identifying and discarding our inherited bias. Through this process we clear the ground for characters to emerge that are authentic and relevant to contemporary audiences. 

Contact me here for more details.

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