A Lecture and Demonstration on Shakespeare with Rob Clare
A Visions and Voices Affiliated Event
Internationally acclaimed master-teacher and Shakespearian performance expert Rob Clare (Royal Shakespeare Company) demonstrates the extraordinary richness, dynamism and modernity of Shakespeare's texts. Expect revelations and laughter as Clare guides his audience through the glittering poetry and desperate actions of some of Shakespeare's most famous characters.
Internationally acclaimed master-teacher and Shakespearian performance expert Rob Clare (Royal Shakespeare Company, Oxford University) demonstrates, with the aid of professional actors, the extraordinary richness, dynamism and modernity of Shakespeare's texts. Expect revelations, laughter and an acute combination of intellectual and emotional stimulation as Clare guides his audience through the glittering poetry and desperate actions of some of Shakespeare's most famous characters.
Rob Clare was educated at Oxford University, trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), London, and worked as an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), before becoming a staff director at the UK National Theatre. Becoming increasingly interested in differing approaches to Shakespeare, and especially Shakespearean verse, he returned to Oxford to complete a doctorate in the subject, and has subsequently become an internationally recognized specialist helping actors of all levels of experience to make Shakespeare’s texts their own. He works regularly at the Actors Center, NYC, at the Academy for Classical Acting in Washington, DC, and for Steppenwolf Classes West (LA), as well as having taught and directed in some of the UK’s leading drama schools, including establishing the MA Classical Acting course at CSSD, which he also led for its first three years. Since resuming a freelance career he has also taught and/or directed Shakespeare in Ireland, Germany and Australia. In India, he directed Hindi productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. During the past decade he also returned to the RSC to work as a specialist verse and text coach with their core acting ensemble, leading annual workshops, and working in and alongside rehearsals for Richard III, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V and Hamlet. In the US he has directed productions of Richard III (Idaho Shakespeare Festival), Twelfth Night (American Shakespeare Center, Staunton VA), Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Marin Shakespeare Company), King Lear (Academy for Classical Acting, DC), All’s Well That Ends Well (NYU Graduate Acting Program), As You Like It (Kentucky Shakespeare), The Tempest (Juilliard) and most recently a staged reading of King Lear for Luna Stage (Orange NJ, featuring Frankie Faison, Andre Braugher, Suzzanne Douglas and John Douglas Thompson). As a verse and text specialist he worked alongside director Tina Landau on The Tempest (Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago) and Antony and Cleopatra (Hartford Stage, CT). He now lives in New York City.
Organized by the USC School of Dramatic Arts.