Our workshops invite actors to explore an embodied approach of Shakespeare’s words.
We offer workshops for all levels, from professional actors to amateur groups and schools.
Shakespeare's Birthday Weekend
What better way to celebrate the Bard's birthday than by doing some Shakespeare?
Join our Artistic Director Victoria Gartner for a day of movement, exploration and staging of Shakespeare scenes and monologues - with other actors! After the last two years, we certainly have missed being in a rehearsal room together. This is your official invitation to join us - all are welcome.
You can either send us your preferred monologue or scene in advance, or pick one of those that will be provided on the day. Whether you're preparing for that audition or just want to stretch some acting muscles in good company, join us at...
Saturday 23 April, , 10:00-17:30
Victoria will lead the sessions based on the Embodying Shakespeare method and her extensive experience.
Bring comfortable clothes you can move in, and some water. We will break for coffee and lunch.
We look forward to seeing thee there!
Pay What You Can
These are tough times for our industry. Please pay what you can for either one or two days of workshop.
Typically, we'd ask for £35 per day.
Meet your Facilitators
“Working on Shakespeare can be daunting but through the sessions with Victoria I learnt how to free myself of that and in the process allowing the text to work for me by exploring physicality to get into character and lanaguage. It is so much fun and you soon realize that there was nothing to worry about.”
Shaban, Actor, Manchester
“Victoria breathes life into Shakespeare like no other! Her passion, enthusiasm and love of Shakespeare's work is infectious! She creates a wonderful rehearsal environment in which you feel empowered to play the stakes - thank you so much Victoria!”
Abigail Pidgeon, Actor, Nottingham
Workshops for Actors
Artistic Director Victoria Gartner has developed an acclaimed physical approach to Shakespeare’s words in other to unlock the actor’s body as well as their brain.
Too often, verse will be dissected so much that the actor will find themselves paralysed by multiple meanings, associations, and metaphors and be at a loss on how to best do what it is they need to do: convey the emotional life of the character and strive to make things happen on stage.
Embodying Shakespeare starts with the body. We will awaken the body of the actor to truth, to strength, to vitality. Our body’s intelligence is primordial when tackling Shakespeare’s works, because his words were chiselled at a time when people had a much closer relationship with their bodies and their senses (count references in Shakespeare to eyes, mouth, tongue, liver, feet – any body part).
We will of course also help the actor reaching a more profound understanding of the text, and a richer texture and soundscape through various exercises and targeted work.
Victoria Gartner has been teaching Shakespeare for many years. She delivers workshops in schools and universities, as well as for professional actors in both French and English. She combines her extensive academic knowledge of Shakespeare with her artistic and directing work, and her method of unlocking Shakespeare’s emotional beats is through embodiment. Her movement work is inspired from working with teachers and mentors Paul Oertel and Kath Burlinson, and her verse work owes to the wisdom of Peter Hall, Peter Brook and Cicely Berry. She is passionate about the rhythm of Shakespeare’s words, and how much their meaning and ring can appeal to our shared humanity. She teaches drama as Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust, and is a regular director and Shakespeare module leader at East15 Acting School.
To book a workshop, please message Executive Producer Charlie Mackellar.
“Victoria unlocks Shakespeare and turns preconceived notions upside down. She helped me find what Shakespeare's words really are: universal, simple, honest and aching with purpose.”
Emma Nihill, Actor, London
“I had a lot of fear towards Shakespeare and I used to say to myself that "Shakespeare is too difficult for me." If Victoria hadn't offered her fun, informative and juicy Shakespeare sessions this winter, I probably wouldn't have had enough courage to do a Shakespeare monologue in front of other people. She really pushed me and taught me how fun Shakespeare can really be! Thank you, Victoria."
Riko Nakazono, Actor, Japan-UK
Workshops for Schools
Our Workshop will bring all Apprentice Bards to the Yard!
A workshop with the Bard will get your students on their feet: warm-up and pronunciation exercises will be paired with movement and script notes. Each student will come out of this 1-hour session having memorised and performed a line of Shakespeare’s verse. We guarantee that after this, the iambic pentameter will never seem daunting again!
We believe that Shakespeare should be fun. Our Artistic Director Victoria Gartner’s workshop methods have been honed through years of experience teaching Shakespeare workshops in schools and universities, notably at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and East15 Acting School in London. We will get your students our of their footnotes and on stage, and will spark their confidence in tackling Shakespeare.
Benefits of our workshops
We will make students experience exactly that Shakespeare’s words were meant to be played, and why that matters.
Each student will learn one verse line by heart.
We believe in the crucial importance of introducing Shakespeare as a fun and accessible topic. All students will feel that Shakespeare was always meant for them.
According to statistics published by CEDAR (Centre for Educational Development, Attainment and Research: Prof. Steve Strand, 2010), students that benefit from a successful Shakespeare workshop also show statistically significant improvement in their general attitude to school. Because if they are shown that they understand Shakespeare, they believe they could understand pretty much anything else!
To book a workshop for your school, please message Education Manager Beatrice Lawrence.
“My students really, really enjoyed the way that the very well thought out workshop allowed them to have a completely new insight into Shakespeare’s universe and plays. We will welcome you again in a heartbeat!”
Jean-Claude, High School Teacher
“The pupils learnt a lot, had fun, and got a lot of free advice into the bargain. Thank you, and thanks to the fun and enthusiastic kids who had the treat of participating and watching."
Dean Allington, Head of Drama
Dean Close School
Workshops for People of the Global Majority
Online Shakespeare Drop-In Sessions
School workshops (ages 8-18)
Facilitators: Honey Gabriel, Lo Feliciani Ojeda, Shakira Newton, Kaya Bucholc, Victoria Gartner.
Hundreds of actors joined Victoria Gartner, Aaron Blackledge and Runa Augdal for weekly Wednesday Shakespeare during the lockdown.
Will & Co has provided many schools with Shakespeare workshops through our project Bard in the Yard.
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