Wednesday, February 6, 2008


The highly acclaimed SHAKESPEARE LAB actor training program (at New York's Public Theater), is now accepting applications for its 12-week acting intensive on June 2-August 25, 2008.

Scholarships are available to cover the cost of tuition.

At the Tribeca Film Festival, I had a chance to talk with Amir Arison (a young, rising star in theater, film and TV) who has taken the LAB, and he found it extremely valuable!

Now entering its fourteenth year, The Public Theater Shakespeare Lab presents a unique opportunity for actors to develop their classical skills. Founded by former artistic producer of The Public Theater, Rosemarie Tichler, the Lab immerses the actor in Shakespeare's plays and language under the instruction of some of the most respected teachers of classical theater in New York and the world. In previous years, faculty has included Christopher Bayes, Ron Van Lieu, Michael Cumpsty, John Dias, Kate Forbes, J. Steven White, and Janet Zarish. Guest Artists have included Dana Ivey, Mark Lamos, Roger Rees, Liev Schreiber, Jordan Thaler and George C. Wolfe. Under the leadership of Director Barry Edelstein and Associate May Adrales since 2007, the Shakespeare Lab continues to evolve into one of the country's most successful training programs for Shakespearean performance.

Throughout the summer, Lab actors will enrich their understanding of Shakespeare and his plays through intensive study and performance; develop skills in clown, movement, voice and teaching, and forge significant relationships with fellow Lab members, teachers and members of The Public Theater's professional community of artists. Numerous graduates of the Shakespeare Lab have gone on to secure roles on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional theaters, in addition to work in film and television. The Lab provides a unique opportunity for actors to work on their craft during The Public Theater's world-renowned Shakespeare programming at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

For more information about the application process, call 212-539-8525.

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