Shakespeare Dallas 2019 Fall Intensive

We are delighted to offer another Shakespeare training intensive this fall, and we are very excited to open it up to members outside of our acting company. If you are available and interested, please let me know by responding to this email quickly as we only have 12 spots available for non-company members. I will start a waitlist if necessary. The cost of this intensive is $125. A $50 deposit is due upon registration for the intensive. Please continue reading below for the description of the class.

Shakespeare Dallas 2019 Fall Intensive

November 15th-17th
Friday: 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am-5:30pm*
Sunday: 11:00am-2:00pm

There will be a lunch break on Saturday. Lunch will not be provided for you.

Cost: $125.00 (A $50 deposit is due upon registration)

To register, please email or by calling 214.559.2778. SOLD OUT!

Join us for a series of sessions designed to explore the powerful and often unexplored tools Shakespeare used to direct his actors’ storytelling in an era hundreds of years before the invention of a director. Through explorations of original practice elements of Folio Work and Cue Scripts alongside contemporary techniques of Fitzmaurice voicework, impulsive ensemble stagecraft, and consent in audience interaction, these sessions are designed to expand the toolsets of artists and educators alike to discover new levels of clarity and inspiration in Shakespeare’s plays.

Intimacy in Original Practices
Intimacy Direction has made a huge impact on rehearsal rooms across the country, but how can the principles and positive lessons learned be applied to non-traditional rooms, original practice, or unrehearsed Shakespeare environments? How can tools and principles of intimacy direction create a safer and more inclusive approach to audience interaction through direct address or immersive theater? Through discussion and exercises, Intimacy Director Ashley White and actor-manager Montgomery Sutton will lead explorations designed to give you practical tools to take into your rehearsal or classroom.

Shakespeare’s Breath and Fitzmaurice Voicework
Certified Fitzmaurice teachers Gregory Lush and Krista Scott will introduce the basic principles of Destructuring in the Fitzmaurice Voicework (which includes freeing the body and reorganizing the pathways between thought and breath). The process of Restructuring serves as a means of matching the impulse to speak with Shakespeare’s Verse Rhythms.

Tools not Rules
A condensed version of the core curriculum for Shakespeare Dallas’ professional development intensives, this workshop uses Shakespeare’s own words to illuminate the acting clues and direction baked in to the text. These tools inspired clear, specific, and spontaneous play in the very little rehearsal time that his actors were given. Tools Not Rules introduces First Folio text work and Cue Scripts. The focus will be on implementing these tools in the way Shakespeare’s actors would have learned them: by playing scenes rather than dictating technique. Shakespeare himself guides us through character, stagecraft, and blocking towards a new level of active listening which inspires a bold and playful approach to performance.

Direct Address: Audience as a Scene Partner
Building on the previous sessions, we’ll explore how truly removing the fourth wall between actor and audience ignites the plays and how principles of consent and intimacy can inform and enrich spontaneous play with audience members. How can actors tell a consistent story from night to night while being fully open and responsive to the reactions of that night’s audience? How can we invite audience members to be more vocal and interactive without fear of being pulled into an experience or spotlight they don’t want to have? What can we learn from stand-up comedy, improv, and athletics to use these principles to make the plays more accessible and exciting?


GREGORY LUSH has been involved with Shakespeare Dallas for over a decade and will be appearing this fall as Iago in OTHELLO. He was last seen on stage as Edmund in King Lear. He was previously involved in Tartuffe, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Tempest, and Richard III. Gregory has been an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework since 2004 has trained in verse with Shakespeare and Company, Aquila Shakespeare, and Shelley Delaney, in addition to extensive work with Catherine Fitzmaurice. Representative regional credits include Denmark at Victory Gardens and local theatres including Theatre 3, the WaterTower Theatre, the Undermain, Dallas Theater Center, Uptown Players, Second Thought, Kitchen Dog, Stage West. Film credits include The Colonel, Hidden in the Heart of Texas, I Become Gilgamesh, Earthrise, Arbor Day, and The Jogger. VO work includes FAIRY TALE, DANCES WITH DEVILS, ONE PIECE, DARKER THAN BLACK, and DRAGONBALL SUPER. He holds an M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Mississippi and is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. He is represented by the Kim Dawson Agency and teaches theatre at Richland College.

MONTGOMERY SUTTON is an actor, teacher, playwright, and producer. As an actor, he has worked in London at Shakespeare’s Globe and with Ben Crystal’s Passion in Practice Shakespeare Ensemble; Off-Broadway with New York Classical Theatre, and regionally with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, Florida Studio Theatre, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Dallas, Second Thought Theatre, Theatre Three, Undermain Theatre, Casa Manana, Uptown Players, and Circle Theatre. Film work includes Trouble with Women, Day 90, Animals, and Brute. Training: NYU (BFA) with the Atlantic Theater Company; 2015 International Actor’s Fellowship (Shakespeare’s Globe, London); Patsy Rodenberg (ongoing). Awards and recognitions: 2013 DFW Critics Forum, 2013 NYIT Award Nominee, CriticalRant’s 2015 Top Male Performance, and D Magazine 2014 Best Performances. He directed his new Elizabethan verse adaptation of Antigone this year at the Gilbert Theatre (NC); his play Your Colonel had a sold-out run in the 2013 Founders Festival at the Metropolitan Playhouse (NYC); Advent was a 2015 semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill festival as well as an official selection of the 2015 Kitchen Dog New Works Festival and is currently being developed by Salt Pillar Productions (NYC); additional plays include Broken Water, Ruins, and Patience. Shakespeare adaptations include The Shrew (freely adapted from The Taming of The Shrew and The Taming of a Shrew) developed with Seven Stages Shakespeare Company and being produced with the Rude Grooms later in 2018 in NYC and Sir Thomas Moore (November 2018 workshop with Seven Stages Shakespeare Company). He has taught with the World Shakespeare Conference, New York Shakespeare Company, Rude Grooms, Passion in Practice, Junior Players, and Dallas Children’s Theater. As a private coach and teacher, former students have been accepted into a variety of conservatory programs, including Julliard and NYU.

ASHLEY H. WHITE is an award-winning director, fight & intimacy director, and teaching artist based in Dallas, TX. She is the founder of SCDallas (est. 2012), Dallas’ only open resource for Stage Combat & Movement Instruction, and acts as the group’s President. SCDallas has over 650 members, is host to an annual Regional Workshop (The Lonestar Smash), and mounts regularly scheduled “Fight Nights” and workshops. She is the Artistic Director of the award-winning IMPRINT Theatreworks, coined “Dallas’ Hottest New Theatre Company” by Broadway World. IMPRINT garnered major praise for its 2018 Season, including 12 DFW Theater Critics Forum Awards and a staggering 40 column award nominations. As a director, she has helmed more than twenty full-scale productions, in both North Texas and New York City, where she began her career. Ashley’s Fight and Intimacy Direction experience spans more than thirty productions. Ashley has been recognized for her work, most recently winning three outstanding direction awards as well as a design contribution award for outstanding fight & intimacy direction from the DFW Theater Critics Forum in 2018. She also won the 2018 Column Award for Best Director of a Musical – Equity, and was featured on 2018 year-end best lists for TheaterJones, Culture Map, and the Dallas Voice. She is a certified Intimacy Director with Intimacy Directors International, and is certified as an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, with recommendation in Unarmed, Broadsword, Single Sword, Sword & Shield, Quarterstaff, Rapier & Dagger, and Knife. Ashley is known for her energy, focus, and entrepreneurial spirit. She is available for both local and regional projects.

KRISTA SCOTT is certified as an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework (2000), and her voice/text/dialect coaching credits include productions at The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. (Merry Wives of Windsor, 2012); Illinois Shakespeare Festival (2008 and 2009 seasons); Trinity Shakespeare Festival (2010 and 2011 seasons); Casa Mañana and Circle Theatre (Fort Worth, Texas); Dallas Theater Center; Connecticut Repertory Theatre; The Kitchen Theatre and the Hangar Theatre (Ithaca, NY); Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; Mirth Theatre; Cornell University; and various other colleges in central New York and Pennsylvania. She is an Associate Professor of Voice and Acting at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth; besides coaching and teaching various performance courses there, she has directed and performed for many theatres in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including Amphibian Stage Productions, Circle Theatre, and Theatre Arlington. Other acting credits include Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Theatre, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Nebraska Repertory, and Nebraska Theatre Caravan. Prior university teaching posts were held at the University of Connecticut, Syracuse University, Ithaca College, University of Mississippi, and the American University in Cairo.  Krista was co-founder of The New Tradition Theatre Company in St. Cloud, Minnesota, from 1986 to 1995; there she performed the functions of director, actor, educator, playwright, et al. She received her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Minnesota and a B.F.A in Acting/Directing from Emporia State University, in Kansas.

To register, please email or by calling 214.559.2778.