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




Next clases: this fall the free classes will be on Monday, September 26, and Thursday, September 29, 4-7PM at SHETLER STUDIOS, 244 W. 54th Street, room 1200. I'd like you to let me know if you're coming, but it's okay just to show up. I have been very late to update this ad. I was terrified about how the debate would turn out.

The regular classes will cost $25 apiece, and they begin on Tuesday, Oct 4th (R3) and Thursday, Oct 6th (WT).  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.

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 RICHARD III and Thursday THE WINTER'S TALE.  The free classes will be on the well-known ROMEO AND JULIET. 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 and Laura Linney.

Nobody should be asked to buy a pig in a poke, so 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. 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.


Usually 444 Central Park West, Suite 5A, at 104th Street. The B & C trains stop at 103rd. Call or write me if you need further instructions.

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