Past: Acting Workshop with Ben Crystal


The ISC and the Upstart Crows of Santa Fe are hosting a unique opportunity for local actors: Join us for a workshop with British author, actor, and Passion Practice producer Ben Crystal. This workshop explores the original practice of the theatre company Shakespeare worked in—how well did they know each other, what was their performance space like, and their writer? How did they turn their short rehearsal time to their advantage? We will be workshopping in the nature and tempo of an ensemble for a Shakespeare company, providing participants with take-away tools for future work on stage.

Friday • October 26 • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. • $30 general • $20 student
Crows Nest • 7 Caliente Road, Building B • Eldorado
Buy tickets here.

PAST: Acting Shakespeare Master Class from LAMDA

rodney cottier • international shakespeare center santa fe • ISC • lamda

The ISC was delighted to welcome back Rodney Cottier, Head of Drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. This Shakespeare acting master class is interactive, stimulating, and a great deal of fun!

Date: Thursday • January 25 • 2018

Comments from participants:

Wow. You can’t imagine how reluctant I was to leave. Every moment was invaluable, let alone Rodney’s personable charm. Thank you so much.  —Paul

Last night’s master class was really magnificent. Thank you to all involved in offering it.  —Eileen

I was at the master class Thursday evening. Thank you for bringing him in. I was reminded of how much I’ve let lapse my training specifically with Shakespeare and generally with the vocal embodiment of action. This motivates me to re-figure my individual training as well as renew my relationships with people who also value the work.  —Sean

It kills me to have to leave early to go back to work!  —Geoffrey

PAST: Acting Workshop from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare and Classical Text in Performance

We are thrilled to welcome back Edward Daranyi to Santa Fe, after his exciting workshops earlier this year.

“Working with Edward Daranyi from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival both freed and focused my creative energy. Through exercises that incorporate an actor’s mind, body, and unique point of view, he challenged me to be ‘on the edge’ and live in spontaneity with the text. A great acting experience!”  —Lynn Goodwin

“In Edward’s workshop, I gained invaluable insight into techniques for character development. Terrific experience.” —Paul Walsky

“The workshop with Edward was really wonderful! I have acted in and directed many of Shakespeare’s plays, and Edward gave me and the other students in the class new ways to look at the text—in a fun and inspiring environment.” —Barbara Hatch

This series of intensive workshops use active movement, vocal exercises, rehearsal techniques, and games to explore differences between Shakespeare’s verse and prose, rhetorical structure, punctuation, world picture, and historical relevance. Find the living thought the actor needs to bring Shakespeare “off the page” in an immersive exploration that will bind together the text of Shakespeare and the heightened awareness that brings the plays to life. Participants should come prepared to be active and on their feet.

December 9 through 12 •  2018


Edward Daranyi, Associate Director of Education at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Edward has been involved with the Stratford Festival’s Education Department for more than fourteen years, teaching in the Shakespeare School, the Teaching Shakespeare Program, Shakespeare on Wheels, and other private and public workshops. He is the Festival’s resident teaching artist and holds a BFA from the University of Windsor. Edward served the Stratford Festival for seven seasons as an assistant and associate director on all four stages, as well as participating in casting and new play development.

Edward has taught classical and contemporary acting to the students of the National Theatre School, the University of Guelph, Michigan State University, Humber College, George Brown College, Cawthra Park School of the Arts, the National Ballet School, and the International Shakespeare Center Santa Fe. He directed Voces de los Cerros, Fuente Ovejuna, Vivir Para Contarla, Si Pudiera (EsArtes, El Salvador); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Montes Numuli, Mozambique) and The Dance of Death (Orpheus Choir, Toronto); Artistic Director of Summer Stage in Boulder, Colorado; director and choreographer of Bye Bye Birdie (Meadowvale Theatre); associate director of Noye’s Fludde (CBC/Benjamin Britten Festival, Toronto); and director of Nightlight, The Day Billy Lived, and his own play Sometimes . . . (In the Blink Productions).


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.