Guthrie Master Class: The Shakespearean Sonnet - Working with Heightened Language

Join Actor and Teaching Artist, Raye Birk for one night only master class focused on strengthening an actors tool kit and approach to working with heightened text through the exploration of Shakespearean Sonnets. 

The Shakespearean Sonnet: Working with Heigthened Text

Monday, May 14 |  6:30-9:30 p.m. 

Price: $65 MN Playlist friends recieve 20% off with promo code EDUFRIEND! Click here to register. 

Class Description: The challenges of character, intention, meaning, idea clarification, prosody, phrasing and emotionality are all present in a sonnet’s very compact fourteen line form. By exploring and giving voice to a sonnet, an actor will become familiar with all the elements one might encounter when undertaking Shakespearean roles in a production.

Participants are asked to memorize Sonnet No. 18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day”) and one additional Shakespearean sonnet (of their choice) before class begins.

About the Teaching Artist

Raye Birk is an accomplished actor with extensive experience on stage, as well as television and film.  He has performed in more than 100 professional productions, appeared in nearly 150 television shows and more than 20 feature films.  He has worked at several regional theatres throughout the country, including nine seasons as a leading actor with the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco, under the leadership of Bill Ball.  He has been a regular on the Guthrie Theater stage since returning to the Twin Cities in 2003.

Actor training and development has been a part of his career path from the very beginning. He has taught at the college and professional level around the country and is the founder of The Actors Workout, an ongoing performance class for experienced actors that takes place at the Guthrie Theater every Monday.

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Contact information

Guthrie Theater
Lauren Anderson
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Posted April 6