The Art of Shakespeare

Terrified of Shakespeare? Already love Shakespeare? This camp is for you! Using techniques taught at the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as a variety of exercises drawn from methods of physical acting, participants will learn new ways to bring a text to vivid life. The camp includes a workshop at the beautiful American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA, and culminates in the opportunity to audition for an arts scholarship to SVU.

Participants will:

  • Investigate Shakespeare’s text with active techniques that will deepen the speaker’s understanding of and relationship with the text.
  • Acquire tools that will sharpen your ability to convey complex thoughts in rich language—Shakespeare’s or your own.
  • Learn how the rhythm of Shakespeare’s language can guide your performance choices.
  • Explore physical acting techniques that will strengthen your storytelling.
  • Attend a workshop at the American Shakespeare Center.
  • Have the opportunity to be coached on a Shakespearean monologue and to audition for an SVU arts scholarship.

Please bring:

  • A Shakespearean monologue, 1 to 2 minutes long, which has been rehearsed and memorized. It can be a new piece or one you’ve known for years.
  • Shoes and clothes that will not restrict movement and which are free from large, distracting prints or logos.
  • Any edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. (Optional)

About the Instructor

Amaree Cluff, an alumna of Southern Virginia, will receive her MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia in May of 2014. Over the course of her studies she has worked with Andrew Wade of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Jack Cummings of The Transport Group, and Richard Katz of Complicite. She has appeared in the nationally-aired PBS educational feature Women of the Revolution, and will appear in a new AMC series this spring. She has worked regionally with the Virginia Repertory Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and Heritage Theatre Festival, and worked as an Actor-Interpreter for Colonial Williamsburg for several years. She is a member of Actors' Equity. Amaree has served as a voice/text coach and is a member of VASTA (Voice and Speech Teachers of America).

Dates: June 25-28
Area of Study: Theatre & Literature
Program Director: Amaree Cluff

Day Camp Price: $275
Day Camp Price: $175

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Fee must be paid in full at time of registration. Cancellations prior to 10 days before camp will receive full refund minus $35 processing fee. Cancellations after 10 days before camp will not be refunded.


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