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    PROGRAMS — SHAKESPEARE BOOTCAMP


    STUDY WITH AWARD-WINNING DIRECTOR & INNOVATIVE SHAKESPEARE EDUCATOR MELODY BROOKS

     

    FRIDAYS IN JANUARY 2012, 11am TO 2pm

    RECESSION SPECIAL $150*

    Registration is Limited to 10 participants

    New Perspectives has received critical and popular acclaim for its innovative Shakespeare productions for the past 16 years, and has developed a distinctive performance approach that is notable for immediacy of action and accessibility to audiences of all ages and from all backgrounds.  By popular demand, we are offering a 4-week workshop program for performers at all levels—from beginners to long-time professionals who want to conquer their fear of Shakespeare or strengthen their skills and audition repertoire. Conducted by NPTC’s founder and artistic director, Melody Brooks, the program takes place on Fridays in January 2012, from 11am to 2pm.

    Workshops meet consecutive Fridays in January 2012, from 11am to 2pm, and include:
    Session 1: It’s All in the Text!

    A review of what participants know about basic text analysis methods (i.e., iambic pentameter, scansion, irregular verse) and learning how to “Sight-Read Shakespeare” by working with the First Folio. Bring your favorite monologue! (1/6/12)

     

    Session 2: The Heart of the Matter

    Learn how to use historical research and source material—plus your own understanding of human behavior to unearth multiple layers of meaning in these plays and create 3-dimensional characters on stage.  Don’t just rely on the “experts”! (1/13/12)


    Session 3: What’s in a Word?

    Participants are paired in scenes to dig deeply into the text and discover multiple possibilities for interpretation and performance.  Each scene is analyzed using historical context, First Folio and “Cue Script” clues.  (1/20/12)

     

    Session 4: Putting it All Together

    Participants showcase their scenes and receive specific feedback in relation to the various elements covered in the workshop.  (1/27/12)

     

    Resource materials and text copies provided.

    PARTICIPANTS MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING ALL FOUR SESSIONS

    *Register and pay by December 23, 2011, and receive a 10% Discount!  Pay only $135.00!

    TO REGISTER: Send an email to contact@nptnyc.org with BOOTCAMP in the Subject Line.

    Provide your Name, email address, telephone number, and a brief statement describing your previous Shakespeare experience.

    You will receive a confirmation email

    THEN: Click on the PayPal Button and specify payment amount (depending on date of Registration)

    OR SEND A CHECK TO NEW PERSPECTIVES THEATRE CO., 456 W 37 STREET, NYC, NY, 10018

    Melody Brooks has directed a number of NPTC's critically acclaimed Shakespeare productions (Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Julius Caesar, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.) Ms. Brooks has been directing and teaching Shakespeare for more than 15 years and is the creator of the Shakespeare Made Simple program. Through introductory and full-length performances, in-school workshops and teacher training, this program has turned thousands of school children into ardent Shakespeare fans.

    Ms. Brooks has also taken the fear out of performing The Bard for numerous actors. Her teaching is grounded in the fact that Shakespeare was writing for actors—everything they need to work with is embedded in the text. Once performers understand how to find the clues, the rest is easy!

     


    A Few Endorsements

    “Melody Brooks has the most original and yet informed intelligence about Shakespeare of anyone I know. I would love to study with her!”  - Austin Pendleton

    “There are a lot of Shakespeare teachers who know the mechanics but it is rare to find one who is so well read in the historical context of Shakespeare's plays.  Melody teaches like the words are a piece of music--she helps you to quickly understand and apply nuts and bolts techniques to turn seemingly complex language into universal human truth.” 

                                                                                                 - OBIE-winner Stephanie Berry

    “As a musical actress for many years, whenever I have been asked what I wanted to tackle next my reply: "I want to do the classics and namely Shakespeare". Well, when I got the opportunity to audition for my first Shakespeare role I was told Melody Brooks was the person to go to for coaching.  In a very short amount of time Melody gave me not only the basic rules and regulations about the text I was to audition with, but she gave me the history of the play itself and my character's role in the storyline.  She also laid out how the language can be approached to give my character many layers and give me the ability to maneuver depending on the director’s choices. And yes I did get the job!! More than anything the information she gave me enabled me to feel confident and comfortable.” Actor/Singer Tina Fabrique

    "A part of Melody lives in the 16th century, or a part of her 16th century self lives today. Either way, her knowledge of Shakespeare is steep and her opinions clear. I learned a lot from her."
                        - Ken Leung