Acting Shakespeare's Verse


ACTING SHAKESPEARE'S VERSE is a class in Shakespearean techniques for actors at every level, from absolute beginners to very experienced professionals. The techniques taught work for ANY monologue, not just Shakespeare. There are free sample classes.

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444 Central Park West 5A New York, New York, United States 10025

phone: view phone(212) 865-1127




CHANGED! The next cycles of Acting Shakespeare's Verse begin on Tuesday, October 17 (MEASURE FOR MEASURE) and/or (you can take both cycles if you want) Thursday, October 19 (KING LEAR). The free sample classes WERE held on September 26 and Sepember 28, on each day from 4-7PM, at Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th Street, room 1202.  Details are on my beautiful web page (, or call or write me: (212) 865-1127 or 

The regular classes will cost $25 apiece, and they begin on Tuesday and Thursday in July. The plays discussed will be MEASURE FOR MEASURE and KING LEAR.

All my rates are available on my web page, linked in boldface in the last paragraph on the page (that is, rates are in the third line above Karen’s picture).  There is a link to my web page above this text, at website. Short form: everything costs $25 per session.

For the text work--approximately the first hour and a half--we will use one Shakespeare play in each class cycle. On Tuesday it will be be MEASURE FOR MEASURE (MM) and on Thursday KING LEAR (Lr.). You will, I promise you, be amazed at how cleverly Shakespeare used the verse. I have fun saying about Shakespeare "I think he's underrated," but I'm not kidding.

But this is really an acting class, so the second half is spent working on monologues, by Shakespeare or ANYBODY, using techniques which, once learned, you can apply to your monologues--to ANY acting--for the rest of your life. I know that the techniques work, because the Juilliard actors were delighted with them, whether they were working on monologues, like Michael Hayden, or on plays, like Wendell Pierce when he asked me to direct him in DUTCHMAN, and then the NYU actors were delighted with them. Other Famous People who have put up with me as a teacher or director include Kevin Spacey, Andre Braugher, Marcia Cross, Jeannie Tripplehorn, Ving Rhames, Viola Davis, Wendell Pierce and Laura Linney.

Nobody should be asked to buy a pig in a poke, which is why there will be free sample classes on at Shetler. If you ever coach with me, the first coaching is free, based on the same theory about the pig in a poke. (There isn’t a real pig involved at any stage—I’m sorry to disappoint animal lovers.)

As for me, I’ve written about twenty plays, two of which were favorably reviewed by the New York Times, and I have directed about sixty plays, so I have stopped counting. My résumé is on my web page, but what difference does my past make? You can come meet me and decide if you think you should work with me or not.

I can't think of anything else coherent to say. There is a LOT of information on my web page at There is a link to my page above. If you have any questions, you are welcome to call me at (212) 865-1127. I have also, in collaboration with a small army of experts, people who actually knew what they were doing, directed two scenes from ALL'S WELL which are available on You Tube: AWW I.3 and AWW II.5.


For the free classes, Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th Street (bet Broadway/8th Ave); regular cycle 444 Central Park West.

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