Speaking in Shakespeare's Voice

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ISBN 978-0-8101-3991-6

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ISBN 978-0-8101-3990-9
Publication Date
May 2019
Page Count
248 pages
Trim Size
5 x 8

Speaking in Shakespeare's Voice

A Guide for American Actors
Linda Gates

Speaking in Shakespeare's Voice: A Guide for American Actors is a book for undergraduate and graduate students of acting as well as for the professional who would like to perform Shakespeare with the skill of a classical actor. It is also valuable for European actors interested in performing Shakespeare in American English and British actors who would like to explore Shakespeare from an American perspective.

?This guide focuses on the technical elements of voice and speech, including breathing, resonance, and diction, as well as providing an introduction to verse speaking and scansion and to Shakespeare’s rhetorical devices, such as antithesis, alliteration, onomatopoeia, irony, metaphor, and wordplay. These topics are annotated with examples from Shakespeare’s plays to demonstrate how an actor can apply the lessons to actual performance. The book also explores the history of Shakespearean performance in the United States and provides guidance on current editions of Shakespeare’s text from the Folio to online Open Source Shakespeare. A helpful appendix offers examples of two-person scenes and contextualized monologues.
About the Author

LINDA GATES is a Shakespearean vocal coach, actress, and director who has worked with both British and American directors on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in regional theaters, as well as at the Prague Shakespeare Company, where she teaches, directs, and acts. Former students include Meryl Streep, Lily Rabe, Alan Paul (associate director of the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.), Irish actor James Nesbitt, and English actor James Purefoy. She has taught voice and text for Shakespeare at NYU Tisch SOA, Yale School of Drama, Circle in the Square, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and the BADA’s Midsummer in Oxford program. She is Head of Voice in the acting program in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University.