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Shakespearean Masterclass


Credit: David Cooper

Credit: David Cooper

Join us this February for a unique chance to explore Shakespearean text from theatrical tour de force; Kate Hennig.

Beginning with a joyful, physical exploration of fundamental rhythm, meter, and verse line, participants will move on to detailed analysis and scansion practice both at the table and on their feet. They will explore a scene, where everyone gets to play, with the aid of some “barking” questions from Tim Carroll. They’ll finish off with some of the rhetorical structure and action at play in a soliloquy. Throughout the process they will be applying the work to their own audition piece (30 lines max.), and on the final day will work that monologue in front of the group.

This intensive, 15 hour masterclass, is intended for deep exploration into Shakespearean text. 

Now in its fifth incarnation, this annual Masterclass has become a wonderful way to usher in a new year and brush up on your Shakespeare. Past teachers have been Diane D’Aquila, Jeffrey Wetsch, Chick Reid, Tom McCamus, and Seana McKenna.


  • Tuesday, February 7th: 12pm-5pm

  • Tuesday, February 14th: 12pm-5pm

  • Tuesday, February 21st: 12pm-5pm

Price: $450, with a 20% discount for CAEA members and past Guerrilla Ruffians ($360)

This workshop is geared towards professional actors with some experience of classical text.


Kate has over 35 years of experience as an actor including seasons on Broadway, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and with the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. She is the recipient of the 2015 Christopher Plummer Award for Excellence in Classical Theatre. She has an MA (with Distinction) in Voice Studies (2001) from the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has taught Voice and Acting at Stratford’s Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, and at the Shaw Academy Intensive. She has been on faculty at the National Theatre School of Canada teaching both Voice and Acting. Kate has been a teacher of Voice and Text at University of Toronto, Humber College, and Mount Royal University, along with leading workshops for the Magnetic North Festival, McGill University, and Nightwood Theatre. During her training Kate was a practice teacher for the MA programs in Musical Theatre and Advanced Theatre Practice at CSSD. (www.katehennig.com)




If you have any questions, please contact A.J. Richardson.