Acting: Shakespeare

When and Where

11 Jan 2019 - 15 Feb 2019 (18 hours, 6 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 18:30 - 21:30
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Pamela Schermann
Course code

What you will learn

On this course you will work with an experienced director to investigate Shakespeare from an actor's point of view. You will explore key texts and themes. Suitable for all levels.

About the tutor:
Pamela Schermann is a London-based stage director. She trained as a director at the University of Vienna, and at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London.

Professional directing credits include Simon Paisley Day’s Raving at Crescent Theatre, Birmingham for Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice and the world premiere of Faust, Alberta by Simone Spagnolo (Bridewell Theatre, London), Lady Windermere’s Fan (UK/Ireland Tour), Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart & Salieri (Arcola Theatre & UK/Denmark Tour, Off-West-End award finalist ‘Best Opera Production’), Zanetto and A Florentine Tragedy (Bridewell Theatre), Abe & Hans (Theatre503), Shoot, I didn't mean that and The Last Days of Mankind (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Iphigenia in Tauris (Rose Playhouse).

In Spring 2019, she will direct the European Premiere of Cry Havoc by Tom Coash at Park Theatre, London.

Pamela is very interested in Shakespeare, and has worked with the Rose Playhouse, Bankside - London’s most historic theatre - for several years. There she directed Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, the Shakespeare Medley Rendezvous at Midnight in collaboration with MERGE Bankside Festival, and Othello. Following a successful run at the Rose Playhouse in 2016, Othello went on tour and to Theaterlab New York City. Pamela also taught a Shakespeare scene work class at Mountview Academy, and regularly leads workshops on performing Shakespeare for London Shakespeare Excursions.

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By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Understand the rhythms of verse drama and their effect in performance
  • Analyse a passage of verse for the information you need to perform it effectively
  • Understand the key features of Shakespeare's use of language
  • Confidently perform a Shakespeare monologue
  • Confidently perform a Shakespeare scene

Class format and activities

The class will include theoretical work - analysing sections of verse drama on the page - and practical work - performing Elizabethan drama alone and in groups. We will also cover physical and vocal exercises to support your technique in performing Shakespeare.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This is a practical course so you will need to have a willingness to participate in the range of planned activities and exercises in groups or on your own.

What you need to know before you enrol

The course will focus on reading and performing drama by Shakespeare.

What you will need for your class

Comfortable clothing.
A pen, pencil and notebook.

What you can do next

Morley College’s Drama Department provides an exciting and diverse range of term-time and short course in Acting, Directing and Public Speaking. Please speak to your tutor, pick up a prospectus, look at our website or call the Theatre & Performance Dept for more information.