In-Person: Improvised Shakespeare Intensive with Brian Lohmann
May 19 – 21
Ft. Mason Center
Class Time/Dates: 6:00-10:00pm on Friday May 19, 10:00am-5:00pm on Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st
Schedule: 3 sessions
Class length: 18 hours total
Class size: 12 students maximum
Prerequisite: Foundation 5 or coach approval.
**Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for access code and other eligibility questions.**
Get thee to a funnery!
Clowns, Lovers, Madmen, Monarchs, Villains, Fools and Fairies – all of these are possible characters you might play when improvising Shakespeare. Come explore how to create a world of opposites (“to be or not to be”); create emotion through imagery (“what light through yonder window breaks? It is the East and Juliet is the sun”); talk to anything (“Time, thou must unravel this not I…”); and spin insults like a gleeking, beetle-brained, hedge-pig.
We will use rich, descriptive language and bold characters to create improvised scenes and plays in the style of Shakespeare. I have taught Improvising Shakespeare for over 30 years in theatres and universities around the country and originated the technique while teaching for the MFA program at A.C.T.
If it seems scary, trust that after a few “thees” and “thous,” Improvising Shakespeare can be totally accessible and fun. You probably know more of this stuff than you think you know, so why not “screw your courage to the sticking place” and give it a go. All the world’s a stage. Jump on. Available for students who have completed F5, or with consent of the instructor.