Introductory Shakespeare through the Sonnets – Judith Shahn

Date:December 2-4 2022
Time:4pm - 11pm GMT / 8am - 3pm PDT (Friday - Sunday)
Price:£330.00
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Description

Prerequisites:

PARTICIPANTS MUST BE COMMITTED TO ATTENDING THE FULL WORKSHOP SCHEDULE.  

Introductory Voice is essential – Sound & Movement will prepare you further but is not mandatory. You are advised to read Freeing Shakespeare’s Voice: The Actor’s Guide to Talking the Text by Kristin Linklater (Amazon). Fluent enough in English to follow Judith instruction. 

Book of Shakespeare Sonnets would be useful.

For Example:

      Residential Introductory Linklater Voice Technique Workshop covering the full voice progression of the Linklater Voice Technique

–       Completion of our online Introductory Linklater Voice Technique and Deeper Dive workshops

      Or at least one semester of Linklater Voice in an undergrad or grad program taught by a Designated Linklater Teacher

Format:

The 18-hour workshop runs 7 hours per day – Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2 – 4th December 2022

One session per day, with a one hour break for lunch. Any additional comfort breaks will be agreed within the workshop:

GMT – 4 pm – 7 pm – break – 8 pm – 11 pm

EST  – 11 am – 2pm – break – 3 pm – 6 pm 

PST  – 8 am – 11 am – break – 12 pm – 3 pm 

Use our timezone converter for your own start times.

 

Content:

Whether you want to learn how to speak Shakespeare for your professional development as an actor or to experience the sheer joy of his language, this is a pleasurable introduction to the secrets of Shakespearean verse speaking.The Sonnets, like mini three-act plays will be our text. Within the 14 lines of a Shakespeare sonnet, we absorb physically and emotionally such elements of verse-speaking as:

Imagery
Rhythm
Rhyme
Iambic Pentameter
Antithesis
Onomatopoeia, Assonance and Alliteration

 

We explore how to embody the words through the range of your voice in order to enter the more visceral world of the Elizabethans.  We enter an experiential, on-your-feet search for clues to understanding and speaking Shakespeare as if it were your own.

Judith will spend some time individually with each person.

Every participant can experience a transformation in their ability to understand and speak Shakespeare.

What Do I Need:

Space – enough floor space to stretch out on the floor and move around the room.

Loose comfortable clothing suitable for physical exercise. No belts. No jeans.

Learn By Heart:

One Shakespeare Sonnet that you feel strongly connected to.If you have the capacity, learn a second sonnet that is in contrast to the other. The Sonnets are all about love in some way and from your experience.

SONNET PREPARATION: PLEASE CHOOSE ONE FROM THE 34 SONNETS LISTED BELOW.

You will be asked to upload a copy of your text and an English translation (if applicable) at least 14 days before the workshop start date via the additional information which will be sent out from our information platform. Please have this ready to upload as a pdf and a copy can always be sent to booking@linklatervoice.com.

Designated Linklater Teacher:

Judith Shahn, a Designated Linklater Voice teacher since 1991 has been co-teaching Advanced Voice with Kristin at the Centre here in Orkney since 2018. As a highly regarded teacher of Linklater Voice she continues on the faculty to maintain the highest standard of workshop delivery as we continue the legacy of Kristin’s work.

Already this year Judith has led online offerings, our residential Advanced Voice and Sound & Movement workshops and also was Faculty for one of the Designation teams, training voice teachers to become Designated Linklater teachers.

Outside of the work she does for the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre Judy is Faculty-Emerita with the graduate actor training program at The University of Washington and still teaches Persuasive Communication there in the School of Law. She is an actor, director and dialect coach and has worked extensively at The Seattle Repertory Theatre, Intiman Theatre, ACT in Seattle and at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Utah Shakespearean Festival and Shakespeare and Company. She has her own private practice: vibrantspeaking.com.

CHOOSE YOUR SONNET FROM THIS LIST 

15 When I consider everything… 

18 Shall I compare thee… 

19 Devouring Time…. 

23 As an unperfect actor… 

27 Weary with toil… 

29 When in disgrace… 

30 When to the sessions… 

33 Full many a glorious morning… 

42 That thou hast her… 

43 When most I wink… 

44 If the dull substance… 

55 Not marble… 

56 Sweet love renew… 

60 Like as the waves… 

61 Is it thy will… 

64 When I have seen… 

71 No longer mourn… 

73 That time of year…(for the over 50s only!) 

75 So are you to my thoughts… 

80 O how I faint… 

91 Some glory in their birth… 

87 Farewell thou art too dear…

90 Then hate me… 

94 They that have power to hurt… 

104 To me, fair friend… 

110 Alas, ‘tis true… 

116 Let me not to the marriage… 

119 What potions have I drunk…. 

129 The expense of spirit… 

130 My mistress’ eyes… 

138 When my love swears…(not for anyone under 40!) 

144 Two loves I have… 

147 My love is as a fever… 

152 In loving thee…. 

 

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    Judith Shahn

    Judith Shahn has been a Designated Linklater teacher since 1991, taught voice, speech, dialects and Shakespeare in the graduate actor training program at The University of Washington for 26 years. She retired in 2016 as Senior Lecturer, Emerita. In addition, she is a dialect & voice coach for professional theatres, including Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre and many Seattle area theatres. She has coached many productions of Shakespeare at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Shakespeare & Company and The University of Washington. Judith is an actor as well and recently performed in an all-female production of Coriolanus in Seattle. Judith has taught Linklater voice workshops internationally in Mexico and Brazil and assisted and co-taught with Kristin at the KLVC for several years.

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