Announcing the Montague Shakespeare Festival Workshops with Nia Lynn – March 18 to March 30, 2024

We are pleased to announce a series of exciting and insightful workshops as part of the Montague Shakespeare Festival, led by our artistic director Nia Lynn, renowned personal voice, and text coach for the actors of The Royal Shakespeare Company. From March 18th to March 30th, 2024, join us for a rare and comprehensive exploration of Shakespeare’s works, offering diverse perspectives on speaking, playing, interpreting, and bringing Shakespeare’s timeless creations to life.

A Unique Opportunity with Nia Lynn:

With her profound experience and expertise, Nia Lynn brings a wealth of knowledge to these workshops. Her work with the Royal Shakespeare Company has honed a deep understanding of Shakespeare’s texts, enabling her to guide participants through the nuances of his language and characters. This is a rare opportunity to learn from an RSC coach who has elevated the skills of professional actors on some of the world’s most prestigious stages.

Workshops Overview

1. “Sonnet Sessions” (2-hour workshop)
Delve into the beauty and complexity of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Explore themes, rhythm, and emotional depth under Nia Lynn’s brilliant guidance. One of the most valuable outcomes of participating in the Sonnet Sessions is the ability to confidently and eloquently recite a Shakespearean sonnet on any occasion. Whether you find yourself in a formal performance, a teaching moment, or even a casual gathering where the beauty of poetry can add depth and wonder, you’ll have the skills to captivate your audience.

2. “Ensemble Building” (3-hour workshop)
Delves into the core of theatrical productions – the ensemble. Participants will learn the essential skills for effective teamwork, experiencing the thrill of collaborative performance first-hand. This workshop illuminates why performances are called ‘plays’ and groups of actors are known as ‘theatre companies,’ emphasizing the joy and unity inherent in creating art together.

3. “Character Development” (2-hour workshop)
A workshop that offers a deep dive into Shakespeare’s most captivating characters. Participants will explore the secrets of character interpretation and learn how to authentically and creatively embody these roles, bringing them to life with their unique artistic expression.

4. “Mastering Verse Like a Pro” (2-hour workshop)
Nia unravels the complexities of Shakespearean verse in this insightful workshop. Participants will learn to navigate and express the Bard’s poetic language, discovering how to make it resonate powerfully and harmoniously with their voice and personal style.

5. “Making Shakespeare Your Own” (2-hour workshop)
A transformative workshop that focuses on making Shakespeare’s language more accessible and relevant for today’s audiences. Participants will learn various techniques to personalize and contemporize Shakespeare’s texts, effectively breaking down the traditional barriers that often surround his work.

6. “Shakespeare in the Classroom” (2-hour workshop)
Here is a workshop specially tailored for educators. It offers a suite of tools and approaches for introducing and analyzing Shakespeare’s works in educational settings, designed to make the learning experience engaging and enjoyable for students across all age groups.

Why Participate?

Diverse Learning Experiences: Each workshop caters to different aspects of Shakespearean performance and interpretation, offering a holistic approach to understanding and appreciating his works.

Hands-On, Interactive Sessions: These workshops are not just about listening but about doing. Expect interactive sessions filled with practical exercises, discussions, and personal exploration.

Tailored for Various Interests: Whether you’re an actor, a teacher, or a Shakespeare enthusiast, these workshops offer something unique for everyone.

Bring Shakespeare to Your Community: Gain skills and insights that you can take back to your communities, classrooms, and stages, enriching the cultural landscape with the timeless magic of Shakespeare.

Reserve Your Spot

Spaces are limited, and don’t miss your chance to be part of this extraordinary journey into the heart of Shakespearean art with Nia Lynn. Reserve your spot now and prepare to immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare like never before.

Join us at the Montague Shakespeare Festival for an unforgettable experience that will transform your understanding and engagement with one of the greatest playwrights in history. See you there!