Whether you’re a Shakespeare super-fan or a newcomer to the bard, this one-evening workshop is a great chance to brush the dust off some of the world’s best-loved words and stories! We’ll explore the fire, beauty – and downright oddity! – of Shakespeare’s poetry and plays the way actors would – through rhythm, movement, images, and more. We’ll discover adventurous ways to speak, re-write and “scavenge” the text, as each student prepares a short monologue or scene. And we’ll draw inspiration from short video clips of some of the greatest performances of Shakespeare’s text. This is a great class for high-school or college students looking to demystify Shakespeare, English teachers looking to refresh a curriculum, public speakers looking to tune up their skills, or simply for the curious! Students are encouraged (but not required) to bring a favorite 4-10 line piece of Shakespeare text!
Poornima Kirby has taught acting and theater arts at the Nirmal Arts
Academy in Canajoharie, NY, as well as coaching privately in acting techniques, Shakespeare, and movement. She studied at Shakespeare and Co. and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, and received her B.A. in Drama, with honors, from Vassar College.