Introduction to Improvising Shakespeare
This workshop will introduce students to improvising Shakespeare. During the workshop you will start learning to improvise using the styles and themes of The Bard—from the eloquence of Shakespeare’s language, to keeping thee, thine and thou straight. Discover how much fun this underutilized but fabulously entertaining form can be. Improvising Shakespeare style works to get improvisers out of their heads by focusing on letting their emotions lead them. The class will focus on letting your emotions lead and this gives you a clear point of view to improvise from. The focus on flowery language helps to teach performers to let their words get ahead of their brains, and from there, performers will discover they are capable of things they had no idea they are capable of. We will start with language and emotion and expand those ideas into an improvised Shakespearean style play, with connected characters, themes, and story.