Shakespeare Company: When Action is Eloquence is the first comprehensive insight into this internationally acclaimed company founded in 1978 in Lenox, Massachusetts, by actor-director Tina Packer and voice pioneer Kristin Linklater, with the transformative power of Shakespeare’s language at its heart. Why act Shakespeare? What’s his relevance in the twenty-first century? Compelling answers to these questions lie at the center of this highly accessible journey into Shakespeare & Company’s aesthetics and practice. Drawing on hitherto unpublished material – including notebooks, lectures, interviews, rehearsal diaries – and the Company’s newly collated archive, this book provides insight into a working theatre company and sheds light on the role Shakespeare plays in our modern world. It also details: Shakespeare Company’s founding and early history, Its aesthetic based on the Elizabethan theatre’s principles of the Art of Rhetoric; Structure of the Verse; Voice and Movement; Clown; Fight; and Actor/Audience Relationship, Vocational components of its Training, Intensives, Practical pedagogy of its Educatio programs, Insights into its unique approaches to Performance, Impact and legacy of its three lifetime founding members: Dennis Krausnick (Director of Training), Kevin G. Coleman (Director of Education) and Tina Packer (founding artistic director). Actors, directors, students, educators, scholars and theatre-lovers alike will find practical acting strategies, inspirational approaches to theatre making and lively insights into the sustaining of a unique and robust theatre company that has been thriving for over 40 years.
List of figures Forweord - Allyn Burrows Preface Aknowledgements Abbreviations Prologue ACT I: HISTORY AND ROOTS 1. Visions and Revisions: The Company is Formed 2. Bricks and Mortar, Trellis and Trees: An Aesthetic is Realized 3. Talk #1: Function of the Theatre ACT II: TRAINING 4. Evolution and Influences of the Month-Long Intensive 5. Talk #2: Actor/Audience Relationship 6. Voice Work & Basics 7. Text Work & Dropping In 8. Body Work & Bringing It All Together ACT III: EDUCATION 9. Practical Pedagogy 10. Shakespeare in the Schools 11. Shakespeare on the Campus 12. Shakespeare in the Courts ACT IV: PERFORMANCE 13. The Art Form of Performance 14. Talk #3: Theatre, Therapy and Theology 15. Cymbeline: A Performance Case Study Epilogue: 'On such a full sea are we now afloat' Appendix 1: An Abridged Performance History Appendix 2: An Abridged Dramatis Personae Appendix 3: A Potted Plot of Cymbeline Index