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Visiting Group Program
Study with Shakespeare Artists and Scholars

The Center for Shakespeare Studies offers an array of workshops and lecture/discussions for groups visiting Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF). Educational programming is required for all out-of-state groups (and in-state groups not affiliated with Oregon public educational institutions) who choose to stay on the SOU campus. Each student must receive a minimum of four hours of educational programs during the group's visit. This requirement can be fulfilled by the workshops listed below or by your qualified instructor(s), who must be approved in advance by the Center (M.A. in English or Theatre required).

OSF Workshops, Discussions, Exploring Design, and Prologues also fulfill the SOU educational requirement for visiting groups. The OSF Backstage tour does NOT help meet this requirement.  OSF programs can be ordered directly from the Festival's Group Sales office (541-488-5406) at least three weeks in advance.

For more information, contact the Shakespeare Workshops at shakespeareworkshops@sou.edu.


Go ONLINE to complete and submit a short workshop request form


Workshops for Visiting Groups

ACTING AND THEATER PRACTICE IN SHAKESPEARE'S TIME LECTURE/DISCUSSION

What did Shakespeare's theater look like, how were the plays performed and how did the audiences behave?  Who were the star actors; what kind of props and costumes were used?  Learn from our Shakespearean scholars these answers and more. Available in the fifty minute session only.

 

POST PLAY DISCUSSION

A Shakespearean scholar helps examine and discuss the plays and productions that your group has attended at OSF this season.  Max of 60 students per session accepted.

 

SHAKESPEARE ON FILM LECTURE/DISCUSSION

A Shakespeare scholar uses film/video to help students discover how actors, directors, and designers create different performances of Shakespeare's plays. Available for up to 60 students per session.
 

SHAKESPEARE’S WOMEN LECTURE/DISCUSSION

This workshop looks at the acting of the women's roles on the stage in Shakespeare's day; the introduction of female actors after the Restoration; and the presentation of women in Shakespeare's plays.  Max of 60 students per session accepted.

 

RENAISSANCE DANCE

An expert dancer shares his/her knowledge of court and country dances of the Renaissance through lessons in cinquepaces, bergomasks, galliards and other dances.

 

MASKS AND MOVEMENT

Use masks and movement as tools for the imagination to explore how the body expresses itself.  Exercises range from studies of each person’s “neutral” posture to ways of creating characters and creatures.  Available weekends and evenings only.

 

THEATRICAL MAKEUP

An actor demonstrates some skills and secrets of the makeup artist's craft using volunteers from the class. If requested in advance, class can focus on a specific area of the craft. Available for up to 60 students however the smaller size of 40 is recommended.

 

MUSIC OF SHAKESPEARE'S TIME

Ever heard a krummhorn, gittern, pipe and tabor?  Enjoy a blast from the past, as master OSF musician Sue Carney plays an array of seldom-heard historic instruments of Shakespeare’s time, and answers your questions about music through the ages. Available for up to 60 students per session.

This interactive presentation puts the class in charge, as Sue fields questions about all aspects of our musical past, present, and future. The resulting discussion explores many subjects- from the origins of music and its effect on the brain, to the invention of instruments and the role of singing in modern life. Ideally, the group leaves with more questions than they came with, and the discussion often continues long after the class is over, as students make new connections between their personal journeys and the fascinating world of the past.

Connects easily with your school’s curricula: music, theater, Shakespeare studies, literature, humanities, history, prehistory, archeology, natural history, biology, brain science, acoustics, and more. Contact Sue at 
http://www.musical-origins.com for help preparing your class in advance.

 

JUMP START THEATRE

Gain an inside view of theatrical performance in a lively beginner’s interactive workshop led by one of our experienced actor/teachers.

 

STAGE COMBAT WORKSHOP

A certified stage combatant leads you safely through some of the steps and skills of hand-to-hand stage combat. Please specify which workshop level you are requesting.

 

ACTOR'S LAB

Set your brain free, have faith in the playful and possibly irreverent side of your imagination and abandon judging yourself and others, as we play and story-tell together in an active, playful session.

 

YE OLDE PROJECT RUNWAY

Learn about Elizabethan and Renaissance silhouettes and costumes, then create them from newspaper and tape. Students will work together in small groups, with one student from each group acting as Merry Olde’s next top model. Limited availability, one-hour session only.
















 

To view workshop leader biographies and photo's.

To download a workshop flyer for the current season.

Go ONLINE to complete and submit a short workshop request form


Workshop Booking Information

SOU workshops for visiting groups are offered at the rate of $140 per scheduled academic hour of class, available in 50, 80- and 100-minute sessions.  Unless noted on your Workshop Request Form, all workshops will be scheduled for one academic hour. We arrange our workshops to fit your schedule, mornings, afternoons, and evenings, seven days a week. All workshops are available to groups staying on or off campus. Except as otherwise noted, the maximum class size is 40: larger groups must be divided to be accommodated.


To insure availability, please book at least 6-8 weeks in advance.

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