Thank you for your interest in our Acting Intensive with Miriam Silverman! This class is currently sold out. If you would like to be added to our waitlist for this class, please contact Nathan Winkelstein.
SHAKESPEARE'S SCENES with MIRIAM SILVERMAN
6 Thursday Evenings in 7 weeks
October 5 - November 16*
*there will be no class on October 12th
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Sheen Center | 18 Bleecker Street
With 2023 Tony Award Winner for Best Featured Actress in a Play MIRIAM SILVERMAN (The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window)
“Speak the speech as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.”
For four hundred years, Shakespeare’s immortal words have had us rolling in the aisles, crying into our drinks, or contemplating life's great mysteries. Learn how to make Shakespeare’s immortal scene’s jump off the page and invoke delight or dole with 2023 Tony Award Winner Miriam Silverman.
How do you approach Shakespeare’s text with knowledge and confidence, utilizing the clues and tools in the verse to find the dynamic truth of your character and situation? What aspects of an actor’s preparation are most essential when approaching Shakespearian performance? How do you engage openly and honestly with your scene partner?
Demystify Shakespeare’s words
Learn how to use Shakespeare’s verse, text, and rhetoric to find clues about your character
Learn how to rehearse and work a Shakespeare scene with a partner
Discover (or remember) the joy and passion in performing Shakespeare
Actors will learn that Shakespeare’s language is not an archaic fortress that requires a knowledge of the rules to enter but rather an intensely honest heightened text with a multitude of tools that can aid and assist an actor on their journey to the truth. In this class, actors will learn how to demystify Shakespeare and his verse and find the internal truth of the character. By the end of the class, actors will have confidence they can step on to a Classical stage and deliver dynamic truth to both the audience and their scene partner.
MIRIAM SILVERMAN is an actress, teacher and born and raised New Yorker. She holds an MFA in Acting and a BA in East Asian Studies from Brown University. Miriam won the 2023 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her critically-acclaimed performance in the Broadway production of The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. She has been the proud member of countless NY and world premieres including Will Arbery’s Plano, Alice Birch’s Anatomy of a Suicide, Amy Herzog’s Mary Jane, Anna Ziegler’s A Delicate Ship, Clare Barron’s You Got Older, Ethan Coen’s A Play is a Poem, Joe Gilford’s Finks and the Tony-nominated Broadway production of Junk by Ayad Akhtar. With roots in Shakespeare and the Classics, Miriam has also performed at theaters across the US, including The Goodman, Guthrie, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, The Folger and numerous productions at The Shakespeare Theater in DC. She played Winifred in Red Bull’s production of The Witch of Edmonton. Select television and film credits include Breaking, Bad Education, Dead Ringers, Fleishman is in Trouble, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods and NOS4A2. Miriam is the recipient of a TCG Fox Fellowship and teaches Acting, Voice and Text Analysis at NYU in both the Graduate Acting program and the Department of Dramatic Writing.
Class 1, OCTOBER 5th: ‘SUIT THE ACTION TO THE WORD’
Class will begin our journey with introductions and group text, voice and body work. After the class concludes Miriam will pair up actors and provide the scenes they will work on. In the following two week you will work with your partner as much as you are able, either in person or online, to explore the text and scene together
Class 2, OCTOBER 19th: ‘WORDS WORDS WORDS’
Students will begin their first pass at their scenes*
*While not required we STRONGLY suggest you attend all classes, including the ones you may not be actively working with Miriam in
Class 3, OCTOBER 26th: ‘SPEAK THE SPEECH’
Students will continue their first pass at their scenes
Class 4, NOVEMBER 2nd: ‘HOLD, AS ‘TWERE THE MIRROR UP TO NATURE’
Students will begin their second pass at their scenes*
*Ideally you would be off book by this second pass
Class 5, NOVEMBER 9th: ‘THE READINESS IS ALL’
Students will continue their second pass.
Class 6, NOVEMBER 16th: ‘THE PLAY’S THE THING’
Students will do a final presentation of their scene and receive final feedback with Miriam.
In the two weeks between the first class and the third you should connect with your scene partner and work on your scenes both together and on your own to the best of your ability.
Dress and Materials:
You should wear clothes that are easy to move around in. We suggest you bring a water bottle and a notebook.
Contact Nathan Winkelstein.