Adult Enrichment

Adult Enrichment

Shakespeare Dallas is dedicated to providing professional training opportunities to its artists and the community. From weekend workshops with renowned Shakespeare & Company to community trainings with local artists, Shakespeare Dallas believes in investing in the local artistic community.

Book Club- Shakespeare Dallas has launched a new opportunity for our audiences to meet and discuss the plays being performed in our season. Ever wonder how an acting company prepares to stage a Shakespeare play? What method of text analysis and discussion take place in the rehearsal hall to allow an actor to perform a Shakespearean role to the best of their ability? If you missed out on our previous Book Clubs, you are invited to experience that process at our Book Club for Much Ado About Nothing! Book Club gatherings are comfortable, fun and promise great discussions. The Book Club will meet for five sessions to read and discuss the upcoming play, provide a behind the scenes look at the rehearsal process, and receive an invitation to exclusive closed rehearsals.

Shakespeare Unplugged- Shakespeare Unplugged encompasses several outreach and educational efforts including the popular staged reading series, StageNotes, and actor and community trainings.   This program offers Shakespeare Dallas the opportunity to explore the lesser-known works in Shakespeare’s canon, the works of Shakespeare’s contemporaries, and new works based on the Bard’s plays such as BOY which was performed in early 2010.

StageNotes – Stage Notes was designed to deepen the cultural experience of our productions by giving participants an in-depth look at each show, an overview of the entire season and an opportunity for interested parties to give feedback.

Educator Training – Our educator training sessions run from between 1.5 – 2.5 hours. Educators work with professional Shakespeare Dallas teaching artists including the Executive and Artistic Director, Raphael Parry, to decode Shakespeare’s use of language such as Iambic Pentameter, Rhymed Verse and Prose. Our goal is to give educators the tools to make Shakespeare’s language more approachable to students. In addition, educators learn different techniques for teaching and directing Shakespeare and are given resources to help both in the classroom and the rehearsal hall. Our goal is to make Shakespeare accessible to educators who have never studied the bard and to help those who have an appreciation for Shakespeare to deepen their knowledge of his works. Educator Training sessions can also be customized to meet educators’ specific needs.

Please contact Julie Osborne Watts at josborne@shakespearedallas.org or 214-559-2778 for more information.

Professional Training:

Shakespeare Dallas 2020 Training As of now, our Spring session Training is being delayed until further notice. We will update this page as soon as we can set up a training.

This actor training intensive is designed to enable actors to confidently navigate and work within the dramatic forms in which Shakespeare composed. Shakespeare’s work is epic in its narrative ambitions, themes, and wordplay.  Performing his work demands that an actor commit body, brain, and voice on a scale that our 21st-century bodies, brains, and voices are often not equipped to accommodate. Playing at Shakespeare’s scale requires a degree of vocal and physical amplification that, if not approached skillfully, can undermine an actor’s instinct for authenticity. The course sequence of the Shakespeare Dallas Spring Intensive aims to provide actors with the fundamental tools needed to align the whole self to the inherent rhythms and dynamics of Shakespeare’s music.