Ongoing Shakespeare Actors Gym

The ISC wants to build a local community of actors with the special skills to produce rich, engaging, and heartfelt Shakespeare. Join the Shakespeare Actors Gym and hone your talent!

Upcoming four-day intensive from LAMDA!

The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) plans is providing a four-day intensive course in Santa Fe in April 2017 in collaboration with the ISC. Info coming soon.


Past workshops • November 2016

Robin Williams is collaborating with Wendy Chapin to offer a workshop on Acting Shakespeare’s Text to explore both
the text and acting of Shakespeare. Limited to ten attendees.

Saturday • November 5 • 9 to noon
Work with Robin to discover what Shakespeare
is telling you, the actor, in your chosen speech.

Saturday • November 12 • 9 to noon
Work with Wendy on how to apply action
and intention to Shakespeare’s text.

Held at Santa Fe Performing Arts

Armory for the Arts Theater
(inside Bataan Military Museum)
1050 Old Pecos Trail • Santa Fe
Cost: $100
or call 505.982.7992

Past workshops • July 2016

Ariana Karp

Ariana Karp

Will McKay

Will McKay

The International Shakespeare Center sponsored PROFESSIONAL CLASSICAL / SHAKESPEAREAN ACTING WORKSHOPS with Masters graduates from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: Ariana Karp and Will McKay.

The LAMDA conservatory approach offers a holistic perspective on practice, helping actors access classical text through physical engagement. The workshops will feature vocal, physical, and group exercises for actors of all ages.

Class One: Saturday July 16 This workshop features an exploration of improvisation within the context of classical theater. The exercises are designed to facilitate listening and collaboratively working with your scene partner. Actors are asked to bring either the Brutus/Cassius argument scene in Julius Caesar, Act 4.3.1–123 OR the Lady Macbeth/Macbeth scene, “Was the hope drunk,” Macbeth 1.7.37, from Lady Macbeth’s entrance to the end of the scene.

Class Two: Tuesday July 19 This workshop includes a series of vocal, physical, and group exercises to approach Shakespeare or other classical text from a holistic perspective and physical engagement. Actors should bring in a classical speech (from Shakespeare or other Elizabethan, Jacobean, or Restoration playwright) of between 12 to 25 lines.

Tuition: $60 each class; participants may choose one or both classes.

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The ISC was delighted to offer this opportunity to engage in conservatory-style training with the community and hopes to see participating actors at future auditions for collaborations with Ducdame Ensemble.



ARIANA KARP is an alumna of London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theater. She is a founding member of the Ducdame Ensemble and an Associate Artistic Director of the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe. She also works with Stairwell Theater Company as an actor, dramaturg, and assistant director and is a creator and producer of Tabling: The Podcast.

WILL MCKAY is classically trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with an MA in Classical Acting for the Professional Theater. He is BADC stage-combat certified (advanced level with gold distinction) in two-handed broadsword, rapier and dagger, single rapier, and unarmed combat. Will is a member of Ducdame Ensemble and is passionate about teaching practice.


Past workshops • February 2016

During First Folio February 2016 the ISC brought faculty from LAMDA to Santa Fe to provide three well-attended workshops.

Judith Phillips and Joanna Read of LAMDA also provided a Romeo and Juliet workshop in February for students at Santa Fe High School, and Rodney Cottier repeated his masterclass in Albuquerque for UNM’s theater students.

Ariana Karp, LAMDA Masters graduate and ISC Associate Artistic Director, also provided workshops locally for the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and the New Mexico School for the Arts in April 2016. This fall, 2016, the ISC partners with Santa Fe High School where Ms. Karp will be a Visiting Artist working with Reed Meschefske on their fall production of Macbeth.