Summer 2010

ARTS 629
Acting Shakespeare

Resnikoff,Robert

06/28/2010 - 07/30/2010
Tuesday & Thursday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Thea Studios/Dsgn 101 - Jones

This scene study course allows literature students to gain a deeper insight into Shakespeare through the actor's perspective, and students with acting experience to hone their Shakespearian technique.

We will take a professional approach to performing scenes from Shakespeare's plays, including script analysis, building a character, playing the action, and using the body expressively. There will be emphasis on Shakespeare's language: scanning the verse, understanding when and why his works diverge from iambic pentameter, the use of vowel and consonant sounds to create rhythm and melody, and discovering how the music of Shakespeare's language guides the actor.

Along with various works by Shakespeare (Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure), we will also study the text Performing Shakespeare by Oliver Ford Davies.

Course requirements will include memorization, rehearsal and performance of assigned roles, as well as course reading assignments.

This course is not open to auditors.


This course is offered during the 5 Week session; the deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund is Wednesday, June 30 at 5:00 pm.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
ARTS 629


Robert Resnikoff (B.F.A., Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts) is a professional actor and teacher who has performed in plays by Shakespeare, Stoppard, Rice, Coward, Tolstoy and others in New York and on the road. He has also presented music on WQXR- New York and WSHU- Fairfield, directed the Oddfellows Summer Shakespeare Academy, and taught Acting and Classical Scene Study at the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Oliver Ford Davies, Performing Shakespeare, Nick Hern Books

William Shakespeare, Othello, Arden Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Arden Shakespeare

William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Arden Shakespeare

READING MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323 Order your books online

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