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Exploring Shakespeare 2: An Actor's Perspective

This class is an opportunity for former Exploring Shakespeare students to perform scenes and monologues from the plays we've read together.
Esther Williamson, MFA
18 total reviews for this teacher
1 review for this class
Completed by 1 learner
  There are no upcoming classes.
year olds
learners per class


Charged upfront
$10 per class
Meets 2x per week
Over 4 weeks
60 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Skills addressed:
- Shakespeare text analysis
- Identifying objective and obstacle in scenes and monologues
- Naming and playing tactics
- Breaking scenes into beats
- Physical and vocal characterization
- Mining the text for given circumstances and then using the imagination to fill in the gaps
- Speaking text from memory
- Listening and responding to scene partners
- Giving and receiving constructive feedback
I am a classical actor and teaching artist who has performed in about two thirds of Shakespeare's canon. I have taught Shakespeare to high school and middle school students for the past 20 years in many different settings, from single-day workshops to two-week camps to semester-long classes. I have been a teaching artist in theatres around the US, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, Imagination Stage in Maryland, and others. I was adjunct faculty for two years at Seattle Pacific University, where I directed the University Players, a touring troupe that wrote two scripts per year and toured them to high schools, churches, and community spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Degrees earned: 
BA, Theatre and English, Seattle Pacific University
MFA, Classical Acting, The Shakespeare Theatre Company/George Washington University
Learners will need to spend time outside of class learning their lines so they will be ready to make progress in class with their scene partners. 
Once learners have chosen their scenes and monologues, they'll need to print them out so they can make notes on them. We may have a couple of short in-class writing assignments, so learners should have a notebook, journal, or pen and paper handy.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
2 hours per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Since we will be working from plays the learners have already studied, they should already have access to the texts of the plays. After they have chosen their scenes and monologues, they will need to print them out so they can make notes on them. 


Esther Williamson, MFAActor, Musician, Word Nerd
18 total reviews
12 completed classes

About Me

I am a classical actor and teaching artist, and I'm excited to share my love of the performing arts with Outschool’s learners. I live in New York, but I have worked with companies all around the United States, from the iconic Oregon Shakespeare... 
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