This course explores Shakespeare's plays through performance. We will spend every class period looking in detail at Shakespeare's texts, at the interpretive challenges they present, and at the way performance choices contribute to their meaning. We will consider the original circumstances of their performance, their subsequent history on stage and film, and the critical controversies they have occasioned. Above all, we will explore them in action, through our own creative work, both in the classroom and in the theatre barn at Winedale.
The course is designed for students with an interest in Shakespeare and a willingness to perform in front of others. Previous experience with acting is not necessary. This spring the course will cover a selection of Shakespeare's romantic comedies and will culminate in a performance a Winedale. We will also incorporate readings from other Shakespearean texts and criticism. This class will require you to spend three weekends at The University of Texas Winedale Historical Center. These sessions at Winedale are required; they are the most important part of the course. During these weekends, you will be working very long hours on the play, from early morning to late at night. You should be prepared for this commitment before you register. The course concludes with public performances of the plays in the Winedale Theatre Barn. Seating is limited; tell your family and friends to make reservations early.
In the 2015 spring semester the Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class will perform Love's Labour's Lost at the Winedale Theatre Barn.
How to Apply
We will release applications for the 2016 Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class at the top of the Fall 2015 semester. Applications are due October 15, 2015. Questions? Email Program Coordinator, Liz Fisher.