World-Renowned LAMDA Theater Faculty to Offer Workshops as Part of First Folio February

We are thrilled to host three senior faculty members from the world-famous London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in Santa Fe as part of our First Folio February celebration. 

LAMDA one of the finest performing arts conservatories in the world, is the oldest drama school in the United Kingdom. Graduates include Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet, The Imitation Game, Sherlock, Star Trek: Into Darkness), Dame Harriet Walters (Downton Abbey, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun, Interstellar, Shrek), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Martian), Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Saving Mr. Banks), and many others. Alumnae have earned more than eight Academy Awards, 42 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTAS), and 33 Golden Globe awards and nominations. 

LAMDA Principal Joanna Read, Rodney Cottier as Head of Drama School, and Judith Phillips as Head of Voice, will offer workshops the week of February 15. Student discounts available for all workshops.

Joanna Read, Principal of the london Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, teaching a workshop

Joanna Read, Principal of the london Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, teaching a workshop

Using the balcony scene from Romeo & Juliet as a starting point, Ms. Read’s interactive workshop explores two of Shakespeare’s most famous characters and investigates how character can be discovered from the text. A tea-and-scones reception will begin the workshop. Judith Phillips’ workshop explores Shakespeare’s sonnets through voice and body, breathing life into the literary form. And Rodney Cottier conducts a master class on Shakespeare’s First Folio through a lively history of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, exploring questions of Elizabethan staging in contemporary performance. Discounted tickets are available for students and observers.

"This is a rare opportunity for New Mexicans to gain exposure to some of the best theater faculty in the world,” says Caryl Farkas, President of the ISC Board of Directors. “We invite professionals, students, and those who are just curious about what it takes to train as an actor to these three workshops.”

Romeo & Juliet: Clues on Creating Character, taught by Joanna Read, will be on Tuesday, February 16, 5:00–8:00 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe. Includes tea and scones reception. $30 per person/$15 for students.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Finding Meaning in the Text, taught by Judith Phillips, will be on Thursday, February 18, 1:30—3:00 p.m. at the New Mexico History Museum in downtown Santa Fe. $25 per person/$15 for students and observers. Master Class: Shakespeare’s First Folio, taught by Rodney Cottier, will be on Friday, February 19, 5:00–7:30 p.m. at the International Folk Art Museum. No special preparation required, but please bring any edition of Shakespeare’s Complete Works. $30 per person/$15 for students and observers.

Master Class: Shakespeare’s First Folio, taught by Rodney Cottier, will be on Friday, February 19, 5:00–7:30 p.m. at the International Folk Art Museum. No special preparation required, but please bring any edition of Shakespeare’s Complete Works. $30 per person/$15 for students and observers.

Actors of all levels welcomed as well as Readers, and Observers.  Tickets can be purchased at TicketsSantaFe.org.