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 summer Acting Shakespeare's Verse will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday evening, 7-10PM, at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street. Because we are still in a horrible recession, I just cut my rates.  The classes cost $175 for the series of seven classes.  All the rates are available on my web page, linked in boldface in the last paragraph on the page (right above Karen’s picture).  There is a link to my web page 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 were free sample classes on June 24th, repeated on June 26th. 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.)

I will teach more free sample classes soon, but certainly no later than September. If you want to see us in action, auditing may be possible. 

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.

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.


244 W. 54th Street

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