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




This spring Acting Shakespeare's Verse will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday evening, 7-10PM, at 444 Central Park West (see the map). The classes cost $240 for the series of eight. All the rates are available on my web page, listed in boldface in the last paragraph. There is a link to it above this text.

For the text work--approximately the first hour and a half--we will use OTHELLO on Tuesdays and THE WINTER'S TALE on Thursdays. 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. Famous people who have put up with me as a teacher or director include Kevin Spacey, Andre Braugher, Marcia Cross and Jeannie Tripplehorn. 

Since nobody should be asked to buy a pig in a poke, there is a free sample class on January 23rd, repeated on January 30th. If you coach with me, the first coaching is free.

As for me, I am the author of about twenty plays, two of which were favorably reviewed by the New York Times, and I have directed more than sixty plays, so I have stopped counting.

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.


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