Peter Francis James

Peter Francis James

Shakespeare Workshop: The Actor's Writer

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DATE: September 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 | 6:00-8:30 pm ET


DESCRIPTION: Peter Francis James -- Broadway actor, renowned Shakespearean actor, and Shakespeare teacher at Yale Drama since 2000 -- leads this special masterclass. In this workshop for professional performers, scenes and monologues from the works of Shakespeare are explored through text analysis and discussion, and then rehearsed for presentation in class for critique and development. With the text as the fundamental teacher, we employ the specifics of the language, the action, subtext, circumstances, and relationships, to connect with the writing at the deepest, most personal level, and, while referencing history, finding the common humanity revealed in the plays, and the continuity with contemporary life.

BIO: Broadway: Hillary & Clinton, Present Laughter, The Merchant of Venice, On Golden Pond, Drowning Crow, Judgment at Nuremberg. Off-Broadway: Stuff Happens (Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award), Much Ado About Nothing, Venus, Kevin Kline’s Hamlet, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (The Public), The Maids (Obie; Classic Stage Company), The Lady from Dubuque (Lucille Lortel nomination; Signature Theatre Company). West End: The Lady from Dubuque, Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company/Theatre for a New Audience). Television: “Katy Keene,” “Bull,” “Godfather of Harlem,” “The Code,” “The Bold Type,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Oz,” “The Rosa Parks Story,” “Simple Justice,” “Law & Order.” Film: The Humbling, Song One, The Losers, The Rebound, The Messenger. Training: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Peter also teaches at Yale School of Drama and the British American Drama Academy at Oxford.

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