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Rob Clare's SHAKESPEARE ON IMPULSE 3-Day Workshop


Internationally acclaimed Shakespeare specialist Rob Clare, whose freelance credits include Steppenwolf and the Royal Shakespeare Company, as well as the NYU Graduate Acting program, Juilliard, and London's Central School of Speech and Drama, offers an intensive, practical three-day workshop specially arranged over two weekends (Jan 12, 13, 20), for actors of all levels of experience.


Participants will prepare a Shakespeare monologue of their own choice, or (with an agreed scene partner) a short duologue, or section of a scene. We will also look at Macbeth Act 1-Scene 7 together, so please be familiar with this scene.


The three-day workshop will take place over two weekends:
Saturday January 12th: noon - 6 PM
Sunday January 13th: noon - 6 PM
Sunday January 20th: noon - 6 PM


Broad-ranging, and always tied into the actor's process, the workshop will address some key issues surrounding Shakespearean text, and especially working with Shakespearean verse, and direct address, showing that what may seem to be difficulties or challenges are in fact creative opportunities. All theory is given practical application in a working rehearsal environment.


Whether you're an experienced Shakespearean actor, a complete novice, or preparing for auditions, or whatever your interest, this workshop is for you. Come and share some new perspectives, as well as re-evaluating received wisdom and theories. Get up on your feet, and pick up on key strategies and fundamentally practical approaches to enable you to bring Shakespeare's text to vivid, original, and fresh life onstage.


The total cost of the workshop is $300, payable in advance, and fully refundable up to one week before the beginning of the workshop.


Numbers will be strictly limited, up to a maximum of 16 participants, so please book early to avoid disappointment.



The location will be Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
137 West 14 Street btwn 6th & 7th Aves


ROB CLARE was educated at Oxford University, trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), London, and worked as an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company before becoming a Staff Director at the UK National Theatre, working primarily with Sir Peter Hall. He has subsequently become an internationally recognized specialist helping actors of all levels of experience to make Shakespeare's texts their own. He works regularly at the Actors Center, NYC, for Steppenwolf Classes West in Los Angeles, and at the Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC, as well as having taught and directed in some of the UK's leading drama schools, including establishing the MA Classical Acting course at CSSD, which he also led for its first three years. Since leaving Central to resume a freelance career he has also taught and/or directed Shakespeare in Ireland, Germany, Australia, and India.


For much of the past decade he returned to work regularly as a freelance verse and text coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company core acting ensemble, leading annual workshops, and working in and alongside rehearsals for Richard III Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V and Hamlet. In the US he has also directed Richard III (Idaho Shakespeare Festival), Twelfth Night (American Shakespeare Center, Staunton VA), Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Marin Shakespeare Company), King Lear and All's Well That Ends Well (Academy for Classical Acting, DC), As You Like It (Kentucky Shakespeare), and All's Well That Ends Well (NYU Tisch, Graduate Acting program).


He recently returned to the stage to play the title role in an experimental workshop production of Macbeth. As a verse and text specialist, he worked alongside acclaimed director Tina Landau on her recent Steppenwolf production of The Tempest in Chicago, and Antony and Cleopatra (Hartford Stage, CT). He is currently based in New York, where recent projects include directing The Tempest for The Juilliard School, and a staged reading of King Lear for Luna Stage (Orange, NJ) featuring Frankie Faison, Andre Braugher, John Douglas Thompson, Reg E. Cathey and others. Current projects include developing a site-specific promenade production of King Lear in a ruined abbey near Limerick, in Ireland.





Every actor needs monologues. And after 22 years in the biz, I still see the majority of actors struggle with them.


Acting On Impulse's Monologue Workout will help you take a monologue and make it YOUR monologue. Bring in any monologue, classical or contemporary, and we will guide you through sensory work, listening skills, movement exercises, point of view, and ensemble work. We will tackle common problems actors encounter both in working on monologues on their own and auditioning with them.


At the end of the workshop you will be doing your monologue in a way that only YOU can.


Held Monthly, call or email for more information.



"Although human beings are incapable of talking about themselves with total honesty,
it is much harder to avoid the truth while pretending to be other people. They often reveal
much more about themselves in a very straightforward way."


-- Kurosawa







In this workshop we will guide you through exercises to open up the 5 senses. The 5 senses are a powerful vehicle for the actor to access imagination, memory and impulses. In childhood we had deeper levels of touch, taste, smell, sight and sound. They can be yours again.


This workshop allows the actor to hone a more receptive instrument to create characters that continue to evolve and surprise.


Combining aspects of Stanislavski, Strasberg, Neuro Linguistic studies, Dianne Ackerman's History of the 5 senses along with "Awareness through Movement" Work, and Intense Feeling Therapy work, this workshop takes you through each sense and what it can bring out depending on how it's stimulated. 45 minutes are spent on each sense along with additional time for journaling. One can only leave a more powerful artist.


It's not about creating an "imaginary coffee cup" it's about opening up to a bigger and bolder, more creative you. If you've ever felt that you are holding yourself back creatively this is the one for you. This workshop is open to anyone, actors and non-actors alike.


New Dates TBA



"Memory is a mysterious element, almost indefinable, that links us to things we don't even remember
having lived. But it constantly incites us to stay in contact with dimensions, with events,
sensations, we can't define, but that we know actually happened."


-- Federico Fellini








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