Upcoming Fall Classes for Students & Adults-Enrolling Now!
In partnership with Richmond CenterStage
Present After School Shakespeare Education Classes
Henley Street Theatre and Richmond Shakespeare, in partnership with Richmond CenterStage, have come together to provide exciting new opportunities for students and adults alike!
Whether you’ve just discovered your love for theatre or want to continue to work on your craft, we have an exciting set of workshops just for you.
Ignite your passion and enroll today!
Stage Combat for Students
Instructor: Kevin Inouye
Thurs, 6:30pm-8:30pm: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 31, Nov 5
Shakespeare for Kids
Instructors: Mary Best Bova and Adam Mincks
Students will embark on discovering Shakespeare through a child’s eyes. They will learn scansion, meter, and play language games, all in service to the start of a lifelong love of Shakespeare. Physical movement, vocal work, and purposeful play will all be a part of this super-fun class!
Wed, 4pm-6pm: Oct 2, 6, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
Introduction to Shakespeare
Instructors: Lucretia Anderson and Elisabeth Ashby
This workshop is designed for actors with some practical theatre experience but limited exposure to the works of William Shakespeare. However, total beginners are also welcome! Sessions will offer a glimpse into the life of Shakespeare: his childhood, his journey to face, and his success as the Western world’s most famous playwright. Participants will be exposed to the basics of metaphors and poetry. In addition, students will learn historical context, imbedded staging cues, scene studying techniques, and character study.
Adults and High School Students
Weds, 6pm-8pm: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
Shakespeare Audition Technique
Instructor: Thomas Cunningham
This workshop is designed for actors with some practical theatre experience but limited exposure to the works of William Shakespeare. This course offers actors an opportunity to prepare new audition material and/or strengthen existing pieces in preparation for auditions. Actors should bring a memorized monologue to the first class; the instructor may also recommend further monologues or scenes for each student at the first session. Every class will include warm-ups and exercises, along with monologue and scene coaching.
Instructor: Thomas Cunningham
This workshop is designed as both an introduction and review of stage dialects. We will cover the fundamental sounds and characteristics of the British RP, Cockney, and NYC/Brooklyn dialects, with an ear to providing a strong foundation for newcomers, and honing to perfection the skills of experienced dialect users. The tools provided by this workshop are transferable to the acquisition of all dialects/accents, making it a great investment for all levels!
Ages 16 & up
Sat & Sun: Oct 19, 20 and 26, 27 Noon to 2pm
Lucretia M. Anderson (Introduction to Shakespeare) is a Washington, DC native and holds a BFA in Theatre from West Virginia University. She is a recent transplant to the Richmond area from the DC metropolitan area, where she was most recently an arts administrator and workshop facilitator at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Prior to that, she was a teaching artist with several organizations including The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, Young Playwright’s Theatre, Helen Hayes Theatre Legacy Project, and more. She is currently the Theatre Arts instructor at the Orchard House School and an associate teaching artist for SPARC.
Elisabeth Ashby (Introduction to Shakespeare) has taught for Richmond Shakespeare since 2012, working on a variety of workshops and classes and managing Bardathon 2013, and has also taught with Drama Kidz of Chesterfield County. She is a native of Syracuse, NY, where she taught acting and voice for Syracuse Children’s Theatre. Elisabeth was an original company member of the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival’s Avon Repertory Theatre (ART) which toured high schools, performing Shakespeare’s plays and leading workshops and talkbacks for students. She directed SSF’s first annual production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).
Mary Best Bova (Shakespeare for Kids) has been a theatre professional for over thirty years. She holds an MFA for VCU and a post-graduate degree from Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, London. Mary founded the educational program for Mill Mountain Theatre where she served as resident director. She also founded the drama curriculum for Community School in Roanoke, VA. She has been an acting faculty instructor at Virginia Tech. Mary was Associate Director and founding member of The Roanoke Children’s Theatre in Roanoke, VA. She taught theatre to middle school students in the Richmond City Schools with Henley Street Theatre last season. This summer Mary directed Willy Wonka Kids for Cadence Theatre Company/SPARC’s August Adventure Camp.
Thomas L. Cunningham (Shakespeare Audition Technique & Dialect Workshop) holds his MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently a third year PhD student with emphasis in linguistics and performance study. Thomas has been teaching and performing Shakespeare here in Richmond since 2007. Whether working with four year old first-timers or experienced community professionals, Thomas is thrilled to empower others as they bring Shakespeare to life.
Kevin Inouye (Stage Combat) is a Certified Teacher with the Society of American Fight Directors, and has been engaged in theatrical and film violence for over 15 years. A graduate of VCU’s Theatre Pedagogy MFA program, he now teachers acting courses at the College of William & Mary and Christopher Newport University, as well as working as a professional fight director, actor, and armourer, the latter through his company Fight Designer, LLC. He is equally experienced in working with youth, through SPARC, CYT, and other youth theatres, summer camps, and local area schools. In 2012 he received a special RTCC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fight Choreography for his work with Richmond Shakespeare on Macbeth, and his first book, The Theatrical Firearms Handbook, is scheduled for publication in Spring of 2014.
Adam Mincks (Shakespeare for Kids) holds a BFA in performance from Theatre VCU. Adam has taught for Drama Kids International and performed in shows for Henley Street Theatre, Sycamore Rouge, Firehouse Theatre Project, Richmond Triangle Players, Swift Creek Mill Playhouse, Night Light Collective, and Arkansas Shakespeare.