Introduction to Blank Verse and the Sonnet

10-40 students
45 min
$60

Introduces students to the sonnet, with attention paid to scansion (focusing on iambic pentameter), structure, and rhyme scheme. Close reading Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun…”) follows and ties together the concepts presented.

[note: requires space enough for at least 10 attendees to be used as examples for the audience]

 

Shakespeare in Practice: Scansion and Character (Part One)

10-40 students
45 min
$60

A perfect workshop for a drama class or one about to begin study of a Shakespeare play, this session uses close reading of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet to uncover both the emotion and physicality of the speaker. Focus is paid to scansion and figurative language.

[note: requires space enough for at least 10 attendees to be used as examples for the audience]
[note: this workshop can be combined with Shakespeare in Practice: Scansion and Character (Part One) for a single 90-minute presentation, or as two 45-minute presentations on separate days]

 

Shakespeare in Practice: Scansion and Character (Part Two)

10-40 students
45 min
$60

A perfect workshop for a drama class or one about to begin study of a Shakespeare play, this session uses close readings of the “To be or not to be” soliloquy from Hamlet to uncover both the emotion and physicality of the speaker. Focus is paid to scansion and figurative language.

[note: requires space enough for at least 10 attendees to be used as examples for the audience]
[note: this workshop can be combined with Shakespeare in Practice: Scansion and Character (Part One) for a single 90-minute presentation, or as two 45-minute presentations on separate or back-to-back days]

 

Shakespeare in Practice: Once More… in a Loop

10-40 students
45 min
$60

Perfect for a drama class, this session uses the Henry V “Once more unto the breach” speech to show students how to approach Shakespearean text, using scansion, research, and simple playing with delivery to uncover the character, personality, and motivation of the speaker.

[note: requires space enough for participants to form a large circle]

 

Shakespeare in Practice: Living Statues

10-40 students
45 min
$60

Developed for drama classes, this session uses body awareness and movement to allow students to embody emotion, language, and speeches from Shakespeare.

[note: requires space for participants to form a large circle and move about the room]

 

Shakespeare in Practice: That’s My Cue!

10-40 students
45 min
$60

A perfect workshop for a drama class or one about to begin study of a Shakespeare play, this session uses the concept of a “player’s cue script” to introduce a Shakespeare scene in a way that demands attention from and adds interaction and activity to the participants. Focus is paid to scansion, context, and vocabulary. Contact Bill for a list of play/scene options.

[note: requires space for up to 5 participants to perform as examples for the audience]

 

Shakespeare in Practice: Speak the Speech

10-40 students
90 min
$125

A perfect workshop for a drama class or one about to begin study of a Shakespeare play, this session uses the concept of rhetorical devices to provide students a deeper understanding of a set speech from Shakespeare. Contact Bill for a list of play/scene options.

[notes: requires space for up to 15 participants to perform; can be presented as one 90-minute session or two 45-minute sessions on back-to-back days]

 


Chopping Down the Tree, Once Cut at a Time
(or “Family Ties in Shakespeare’s History Tetralogies [abridged]”)

10-50 students
90 minutes
$150

Join Bill for an interactive discussion of the family relationships in Shakespeare’s English history tetralogies. Setting up the context for the beginning of the Bard’s cycle, Richard II, then moving through the “Henriad” (both parts of Henry IV, and Henry V) and the depiction of both the close of the Hundred Years’ War and the War of the Roses (the three parts of Henry VI), and culminating in the rise of the Tudor house in Richard III, this fun and fast-paced 90-minute look is based on attendee interaction.

Determined by participant selections, Bill will present not only the history in the plays, but Shakespeare’s contemporary events that shaped the plays’ composition.

[note: a small table, a few chairs, and a large whiteboard]