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Friday, Saturday & Sunday, June 28, 29 & 30, 2019
Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat/Sun: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM



A 3-day Classical Workout to get your technique toned and your classical muscles in super shape. This fast and furious classical acting workshop includes voice, text analysis, and scene work. Come work with Red Bull Founder and Artistic Director JESSE BERGER, Red Bull Theater Voice Coach MARY IRWIN, Tony award winning actor ROBERT CUCCIOLI, Tony nominated Actor DEREK SMITH, and actor and writer AMANDA QUAID. They will take you from voice and text work to on-your-feet-scene work with an in depth exploration of the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.  For actors of all ages and experience - Burst into summer with your Shakespeare technique toned and your classical muscles bulging!xzxzSSS

Jim Bredeson Director

John Jenkins Direchshd

Peter Paul Playbill

Essential Question:

How do actors use their vocal and physical instruments to fully explore Shakespeare’s language and unlock the essential truth of his language and create a unique, fully inhabited character? How can we utilize those same skills to be more effective scene partners, listeners, and creative communicators.


Course Objectives:
  • Increase the flexibility of your physical and vocal instrument

  • Develop a greater awareness of your body and voice

  • Explore exercises for delivering language from Shakespeare’s great plays with nuance and truth

  • Explore how Shakespeare utilizes verse, text and rhetoric to create complex characters

  • Learn how to work with and respond honestly to your scene partner in a way that unlocks your own potential as a performer

Enduring Understandings:

Your body and voice are tools to be used, as is Shakespeare’s verse. Like any tool they require training to hone and use them effectively. A flexible, confident voice and body are essential for effective presentation of a character on the stage. A deep understanding of Shakespeare’s verse, his use of rhythms and rhetoric is essential to delving the hidden depths of Shakespeare’s language in these seminal Tragic works.  Learning to listen and respond to your partner is a necessary component to good scene work.


JESSE BERGER: The founder and artistic director of Red Bull Theater, Jesse Berger has directed productions of Pericles, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Edward the Second, Women Beware Women, The Duchess of Malfi, The Witch of Edmonton, The Maids, Volpone, Loot, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, The Changeling, and The Government Inspector.  Jesse’s adaptations of The Revenger’s Tragedy and Women Beware Women are published by Dramatists Play Service.  Red Bull Theater produces a variety of classical and contemporary work under Jesse’s leadership, including the OBIE Award-Winning Revelation Reading Series, free Bull Session discussions, Shakespeare in Schools outreach, Master Classes in classical acting, workshops, and the annual Short New Play Festival. Jesse has also directed in New York and across the country at such theaters as Denver Center Theatre Company (Richard III), The Old Globe (Othello), Pittsburgh Public Theatre (The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife, Life X 3, A Number, Circle Mirror Transformation, An Iliad, Venus in Fur), PlayMakers Repertory (An Iliad), Barrington Stage (Sleuth, Absurd Person Singular), New York Theater Workshop's Larson Lab, SoHo Rep, Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab at Here, Theaterworks/USA, The Pearl Theatre, Urban Stages, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Theatre J, the Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Hamptons, and St. Louis Shakespeare Festivals, the Asolo Theatre Company, Washington Shakespeare Company (Marat/Sade), among others. He has also helped develop new plays at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the Playwright’s Center.  Jesse received a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of Marat/Sade, and he has been thrice-nominated for the SDC Joe A. Callaway Award for excellence in directing productions at Red Bull Theater: for The Government Inspector, The Witch of Edmonton, and 'Tis Pity She's a Whore. His production of The Maids was nominated as Outstanding Revival by both the Drama League and Lucille Lortel Awards, and he received a 2018 OBIE Award for his Direction of The Government Inspector.

MARY IRWIN is a teacher and coach of voice, speech and text, and an actor. She is Professor Emerita in the UNSCA School of Drama, where she taught voice, speech and Shakespeare from 1995-2018. Mary served as Head of Voice and Speech from 2001- 2016, and as Assistant Dean from 2013-2016. She did voice, text, and/or accent coaching on close to 100 productions for UNCSA, including an orchestral/theatrical Much Ado About Nothing which won a Regional Arts Emmy Award. Mary twice received Teaching Excellence Awards from UNCSA, and is currently a freelance teacher and coach in New York City.

Professional coaching includes: The White Devil and Mac Beth at Red Bull Theater, Cost of Living at Manhattan Theatre Club (2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), And So We Walked: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears, Master Harold ... and the boys and Noises Off, all at Triad Stage, Our Town at Palm Beach DramaWorks, The Dresser with John Cullum at the Clarence Brown Theatre, and Misalliance at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Other teaching: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London; The Laura Henry Studio in Santa Monica, CA; Red Bull Theater’s Shakespeare and Jacobean Workshops; Cherokee Summer Co-Laboratory Storytelling Workshop in the Education Dept. of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, Cherokee, NC; and guest teacher of Shakespeare text and voice pedagogy at Sarah Lawrence College and Providence College.

Mary was Voice and Text Coach for the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival for seven seasons. She is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and holds an MA in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama, London); and BA (summa cum laude) from New York University. She has professional acting credits in theatre, television, radio, voice over and film.

AMANDA QUAID is an actor, writer, and educator. Acting credits include The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons, world premiere), Cock (US premiere), Luck of the Irish (LCT3, Lortel nomination), Pericles (Public, Bayfield Award), A Public Reading...Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep, world premiere), They Promised Her The Moon (Miranda, world premiere), The Witch of Edmonton (Red Bull), Equus (Broadway), Galileo (CSC), The Illusion (Signature), and three shows at Irish Rep, most recently The Weir. Regional: La Jolla, Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre, Barrington, Folger. As a writer, her adaptation of Echo and Narcissus was in the 2018 Red Bull Short New Play Festival, and her play The Extinctionist premiered this summer at EST. Teaching: HB Studio (faculty since 2005), Freeman Studio, New School, as well as an extensive private practice.

DEREK SMITH: Red Bull Theater: The White Devil, School for Scandal, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Witch of Edmonton (Joe Calloway Award). Broadway credits include: The Green Bird (Tony nomination), The Government Inspector, Timon of Athens, Jackie: An American Life, Ring ‘Round the Moon, Getting and Spending, and several years as Scar in The Lion King on Broadway and opening both National Tours.  Off-Broadway: Sylvia (Drama League, Los Angeles Ovation awards), King John (2000 Derwint award), Dark Rapture, Cruise Control, Ten by Tennessee, The Green Bird (Obie award).  Regional: Romeo and Juliet, Doctor’s Dilemma, Henry IV parts I and II (Helen Hayes award nomination), School for Scandal, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C; ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore, The Serpent Woman, Hamlet, Misalliance, Servant of Two Masters, Life is a Dream, Platonov, The Miser, The King Stag and King Lear at American Repertory Theatre; An Enemy of the People, The Mystery of Irma Vep, All’s Well that Ends Well and An Evening with Beckett at Centerstage in Baltimore; also several shows at The Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Alley Theatre and Portland Stage Company. Film credits include: Advice From a Caterpillar, The Stand-In, Jungle to Jungle, Internal Affairs, and most recently The Jew of Malta.  Graduate of Juilliard and proud alumnus of Group I Acting Company.



6:00 - 10:00: Table Work with TBA


12:00 - 2:00: Voice Work with TBA

2:00 - 3:00: Meal Break

3:00 - 6:00: Scene Work with TBA


10:00 - 12:00: Open Rehearsal Space

12:00 - 2:00: Group Work with TBA

2:00 - 3:00: Meal Break

3:00 - 6:00: Scene Work with JESSE BERGER


A scene will be assigned a week before the class. Prepare it as best you are able. Memorization is encouraged but not required.



A Copy of the Scene  Packet and 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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