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Exploring Shakespeare: The Second Part of Henry IV
Dig into Shakespeare's Henry IV Part 2 from an actor's point of view! In this class, we'll read the play aloud from cover to cover, stopping along the way to discuss plot, character, acting, and production possibilities.
Esther Williamson, MFA
15 total reviews for this teacher
Completed by 2 learners
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Twice per week
over 5 weeks
learners per class
per learner - per class
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In this class, we will read Shakespeare's play The Second Part of Henry IV aloud from beginning to end, stopping frequently to dig into the acting clues and opportunities that Shakespeare embeds in the text. Learners will read a different role in each act, and so will have a chance to experience the play from multiple angles. We will ask questions like: - What is the action of the scene? - How can I best paraphrase my lines to make the meaning both clear and personal? - What do the rhythm...
Skills addressed: - reading Shakespeare aloud - mining Shakespeare's language for meaning - scansion (analysis of poetic rhythm) - investigating Shakespeare's language for clues to character and action - acting basics: objective, obstacle, relationship, given circumstances - giving and receiving constructive feedback
I am a classical actor and teaching artist. 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
Students will be assigned a role for each act in the play. They will be expected to analyze their character's language, looking for clues to meaning and clues to how the character might be played by an actor. This work will take about an hour per class meeting. Throughout our time together, students will be given tools and methods to help them complete their analysis.
- Each learner will need a copy of Shakespeare's play Henry IV Part 2. I recommend the Folger edition because it provides excellent notes and defines unfamiliar words on each page. It is best to have a paper copy of the play so that learners can easily make notes. - pencil - paper or a notebook to take notes
2 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
The Second Part of Henry IV is about growing up and facing consequences, on both a personal and a national scale. Sensitive topics include civil war and violence, the senseless waste of war, alcohol abuse, fat jokes and fat shaming, political treachery, and impossible expectations within family dynamics.
Each learner will need a copy of Shakespeare's play Henry IV Part 2. I recommend the Folger edition because it provides excellent notes and defines unfamiliar words on each page.
Esther Williamson, MFAActor, Musician, Word Nerd
15 total reviews
12 completed classes
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...