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Saturday, September 30

11:00 AM - 2:30 PM 
The Sheen Center | 18 Bleecker Street

Thank you for your interest in our Classical Acting Workshop with Heidi Griffiths and Kate Murray! This class is currently sold out. If you would like to be added to our waitlist for this class, please contact Nathan Winkelstein

Testing out a new piece? Have an old favorite that could use a fresh perspective? This class is perfect for audition prep or simply as a reinvigoration of your classical chops! Public Theater Casting Directors HEIDI GRIFFITHS and KATE MURRAY will give you the inspiration you need to take your work to the next level in those high-pressure situations and equip you with the tools to show yourself in the best possible light at your next classical audition. 


Essential Question:

How do you prepare monologues in a way that shows yourself in the best light to a casting director? What aspects of an actor’s preparation are most essential when preparing for an audition? How do you engage honestly with a monologue in a high-stress environment?

Course Objectives:

  • Develop a technique for preparing for auditions

  • Explore how Shakespeare’s verse, text, and rhetoric provide clues to how to deliver a monologue

  • Learn how to create the true life of your character and their surroundings in an audition setting

  • Learn how to warm up your voice and body before delivering an audition

Enduring Understandings:

Shakespeare’s verse provides clues for how to develop a truthful character efficiently. Like any tool, it requires training to use it effectively. A flexible, confident voice and body are essential for effective presentation of a character in an audition. Auditions are, by their nature, artificial environments. This class will focus on creating a technique that allows you to be committed, brave and truthful under these trying circumstances. 


HEIDI GRIFFITHS has worked for more than twenty-five years at The Public Theater in NYC, where she has cast over 250 productions Off-Broadway and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, including Shakespeare, new plays and musicals. She has also cast both plays and musicals on Broadway.

KATE MURRAY, CSA: Kate Murray is a Casting Director at The Public Theater where she casts mainstage productions for both the Public's downtown home at 425 Lafayette Street, and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, the Public's Mobile Unit and Public Works Initiatives, as well as developmental readings & workshops. Broadway credits include: Fat Ham, Ain’t No Mo’, For Colored Girls…,The Crucible, A View From The Bridge, A Delicate Balance, A Raisin in the Sun. Select additional credits include work with Arena Stage, BAFTA, Center Theatre Group, Cherry Lane Theatre, Studio Theatre, and Two River Theater.


Saturday, September 30 | 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Audition work with Heidi Griffiths and Kate Murray followed by a Q&A


You should have a classical monologue prepared and fully memorized.

A journal is recommended to record notes and observations. Comfortable clothing that you can move and breathe freely in and a water bottle is strongly encouraged.
Concerns? Questions?

Contact Nathan Winkelstein.

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