Events | Sundays: Feb 18, Feb 25, Mar 4, Mar 18

Sunday Shakespeare Workout

RSC Director in Residence Owen Horsley leads a Shakespeare intensive for actors, with a very exciting added extra! This course, presented in partnership with Bard City, will build an actor’s confidence in delivering classical text and finds the fun in performing Shakespeare through physical, analytical, and ensemble building exercises over four sessions.

After the four sessions, the company will embark on a very exciting Shakespeare challenge. The goal? To rehearse and present a Shakespeare play in a week! The final performance will be given on the CSC stage and will be open to the public.

This course is for actors with some professional experience age 18+.
Entrance is through application only; please email a resume and headshot by January 2, 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified by email on February 2, 2018.

Fee: $199

Sunday Shakespeare Workout Sessions:
Sunday, Feb 18, 9am-noon
Sunday, Feb 25, 9am-noon
Sunday, Mar 4, 9am-noon
Sunday, Mar 18, 9am-noon

Shakespeare in a Week sessions:
Monday, Mar 19, 6-10pm – rehearsal
Tuesday, Mar 20, 6-10pm – rehearsal
Wednesday, Mar 21, 6-10pm – rehearsal
Thursday, Mar 22, 6-10pm – rehearsal
Friday, Mar 23, 6-10pm – rehearsal
Saturday, Mar 24, 10-6pm – rehearsal
Sunday, Mar 25, 3pm – PERFORMANCE

*Students must be available for all classes and Shakespeare in a Week rehearsals.


Shakespeare’s Rhythm: A New Approach to Verse

Sunday, Feb 18, 9am-noon

This first class introduces a physical approach to the rhythm of Shakespeare’s language. We will dissect all the clues he gives you about the character, relationships and emotion just through the rhythm of the verse. This approach will break down mental barriers giving you an instinctive and active approach to making this classic text work for you.

Monologues: Speech Surgery

Sunday, Feb 25, 9am-noon

This class is about breathing new life into old monologues. Having looked at a speech for verse and rhythm in Class 1 we will now take the work further with new techniques and exercises which will give you added confidence in speaking heightened text. Here we will have chance to go deeper into some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters. We will analyze, dissect and interrogate their motivations, text, physicality in preparation for performance.

Relationships: The Shakespeare Scene

Sunday, Mar 4, 9am-noon

Before the third class the group will be partnered up to look at specific Shakespeare scenes. In this class it is all about working together. We will be able to draw upon all that we have learned and now apply it to building and playing relationships in Shakespeare’s plays. From lovers to rivals we will look at how Shakespeare using text, rhythm and rhetoric devices to build relationships.

Storytelling: How to begin?

Sunday, Mar 18, 9am-noon

This final class will focus on ensemble work and explore how, as a company, we would start telling the story of a classic Shakespeare play. In original practice the actors were solely responsible for creating the world of the play. In creating the rules of the world we need to look at status, gender and most importantly the previous circumstances. This will be an exciting opportunity to work collaboratively on solving these problems and together launching into the world of a Shakespeare play.

About Instructor Owen Horsley

Owen trained at Drama Centre London. Directing credits include Salomé by Oscar Wilde (RSC), The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera), and Henry V (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre).

Owen was Associate Director on the RSC King and Country Tour and worked with Artistic Director Gregory Doran on Richard II and Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Henry V from 2013-16.

Owen is also an Associate Director for Cheek by Jowl. He was Assistant Director to Declan Donnellan on The Changeling (2006), Cymbeline (2007), Troilus and Cressida (2008), Macbeth (2009-11) and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (2011-13) becoming Associate Director in 2010. Owen co-directed the 2013 tour of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.

Other directing credits include The Two Noble Kinsmen (RWCMD), Outside on the Street (Edinburgh Fringe and Arcola), Antony and Cleopatra, Lysistrata, As You Like It (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), and Hungry Heart (RADA).

In 2008 Owen formed Eyestrings Theatre Company with his production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at St Andrew’s Crypt in Holborn. Further work with Eyestrings include In Bed With Messalina (Courtyard Theatre), See What I See (St Clements Mental Hospital), and The Duchess of Malfi (Southwark Playhouse and UK Tour).

Owen also works extensively in Europe. He has led workshops in Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and France. Owen’s first Spanish production, The Malcontent, opened at the Almagro Festival in August 2011 before transferring to Madrid.