Speaking Shakespeare Class

January 20, 2010

Mo`olelo is pleased to team up with Jan Gist, professor of voice, speech and dialects for the USD/The Old Globe Graduate Theatre Program to offer “Speaking Shakespeare with Skill and Power.”

Class Details:

Instructor: Jan Gist
Dates: March 6, 7, 13, 14, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
Location: The 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Fee: $250 / $200 for members of AASD, AEA, AFTRA, SAG or TCG
Registration & Information: 619-342-7395 or classes@moolelo.net
Maximum 14 students
Registration closes Feb 19

Class #1) Saturday, March 6:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
~Finding Shakespeare’s heartbeat and heartbreak through scansion.
~Learning how rhythm informs meaning and meaning guides rhythm.

~Finding freedom and variety in different sorts of structures.

~Exploring how key words carry the ideas, images, and opinions.

Class #2) Sunday, March 7:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Rhetoric Shapes:
~Learning how the writing guides you to speak specifically and distinctly.

~Contrasts and Comparisons
~Questions, Commands, Statements

Class #3) Saturday, March 13:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
More Skills with Rhetoric Shapes:
~Long Sentences
~Vows, Curses, Prophecies, Promises, and Plans
~Repetition and Banter
~Introduction – Development – Conclusion

Class #4) Sunday, March 14: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Putting it all together:
~Practice with speeches and scenes, especially useful for developing audition pieces.

About the Instructor:

Jan Gist is professor of voice, speech and dialects for the USD/Old Globe Graduate Theatre Program.  She is also known nationally for her professional coaching, especially of Shakespeare productions. She has vocal coached for  The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Ahmanson Theatre (L.A. Music Center), Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre (D.C.), American Shakespeare Center (Staunton, Virginia) Utah Shakespearean Festival, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival where she coached 140 shows and was head of voice for their MFA Actor Training Program.  Other professional theatres include American Players Theatre (Wisconsin), Arena Stage (D.C.), Milwaukee Rep, Indiana Rep, and PlayMakers Rep (Chapel Hill, North Carolina).  She is a founder and published member of the Voice And Speech Trainers Association, leading national and international workshops on Shakespeare, vocal variety and many other issues in the field.  Recently she gave workshops at Russia’s Moscow Art Theatre in an international teacher exchange, and taught Shakespeare text workshops in London’s Central School of Speech and Drama.  Her poetry has been published in VASTA’s annual journals, and articles are included in The Complete Voice and Speech Workout, and More Stage Dialects.


One Response to “Speaking Shakespeare Class”

  1. Andrew Says:

    Please let me know if you have another Speaking Shakespeare class.


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