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Shakespeare: An Actor’s Approach with Linda Alper

Posted by Sarah Mitchell | 15 October 2012

An exercise-based workshop, focused on deepening the actor’s ability to speak and embody heightened language. Through concrete, kinesthetic, participatory exercises, students will gain skills needed to interpret and communicate Shakespearean poetry and prose. Embracing a “naturalistic style” of verse speaking, we will explore how to achieve that style while illuminating the clarity and richness of the text.  This class is well suited for those who are new to classical acting, those who have struggled with it in the past, as well as experienced actors who want to further hone their skills.


Course Dates: Mondays, November 26 and December 3, 2012

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Tuition: $90 (includes a ticket to A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

Instructor:  Linda Alper has portrayed the heroines of classic playwrights Congreve, Shaw, Webster, Moliere, Williams, Brecht, Chekhov, Hellman, Wilder, Odets, Stoppard, Pirandello and De Filippo and performed in over 25 plays by William Shakespeare. A leading actress at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 23 seasons, she has also played major roles at Portland Center Stage, Artists’ Repertory Theater, Seattle Rep, The Intiman, A Contemporary Theater, Baltimore Center Stage and other theatres, including Off Broadway. A graduate of The Juilliard School, she taught extensively for OSF’s Education Department, at Southern Oregon University and California State Fresno. Recently she taught and directed the works of Shakespeare to English speaking students in Taiwan and China. Linda has won Critics’ award for Best Performance and an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. She is a Fulbright Senior Scholar.  To learn more about Linda, visit www.lindaalper.com.

For more info, or to register, email education@pcs.org or call Sarah Mitchell at 503.445.3795.
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