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Occurs on Sunday March 26 2017

All Day Event


Morpheus Rehearsal Centre
3512 - 5th Avenue NW
Lower Level
Calgary AB T2N 0V7

Play Notes


PLAYing Shakespeare Workshop with Iam Coulter


Whether you are well 'versed' in Shakespeare or...not-so-mucheth - have no fear! Where there's a Will plus Iam, there's a You plus Way!

SYNOPSIS: This monologue workshop creates a safe and invigorating environment in which participants PLAY with techniques to become more confident and connected to their Shakespeare text. Whether you are well versed in Shakespeare or a relative newcomer, this workshop will expand your understanding, deepen your personal connection, activate your imagination and sharpen your skill set.

Individual text work will be inspired by the needs of each unique participant. From physical exercises embodying the structure of the verse, to learning how to turn self-doubt into a source of insight and strength, this workshop offers a variety of experiences certain to boost confidence in your Shakespeare monologue.

What to prepare: Participants should come prepared with a 8 -16 line selection (in verse) from a Shakespeare play. It must be in verse, not prose. If you are unsure whether it is verse or not you can email the speech to me and I will let you know! As soon as you've decided on a piece please copy and paste the monologue into the body of an email and send it to

Memorization: Please learn it by heart. Having your speech memorized will enhance the kind of play you will be able to enjoy during the workshop. That said, you will always have the option of assistance with your lines. There will be no judgement of any kind. There are many tools we can use to support you if you struggle with memorization, or if you have registered for the workshop at the last moment.

Choosing a section of text: It should NOT be from a non-human character (e.g. fairies, witches, ghosts), but age & gender don’t need match your own. It does not need to a role you would expect to be cast in - though it certainly can be. What’s important is that you feel a connection to the piece, even if you aren’t sure what that connection is, or why you feel it.

Please bring TWO hardcopies of the speech with you to class, if you do not have access to a printer, please email to BY March 24.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Iam holds a BFA (Drama) from the University of Calgary, and completed the highly specialized conservatory program at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts where she returns often to continue her apprenticeship with the company. Her focus is on performance, text analysis, clown, and working with Shakespeare to heal trauma.

Iam Coulter served as the director of education, development and outreach for Quest Theatre, and as artistic producer of The Shakespeare Company in Calgary, Alberta. Iam has performed with Citadel Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Theatre Calgary, Vertigo Mystery Theatre, Alberta Theatre Projects, Theatre Junction and The Shakespeare Company. Directing credits include As You Like It, Henry VI Part iii, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Richard III, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet by Ann-Marie MacDonald, The Queens by Normand Chaurette (The Shakespeare Company.)

DATE: Sunday Mar 26, 2017, 11:00am - 5:30pm

COST: $60 (registration online or by phone)

Register a group of 5 or more, and attend for less! Or, register for 3 workshops and get the 3rd one for 50% off (Call Morpheus Theatre to redeem).

WHERE: Morpheus Rehearsal Centre (3512 5 Avenue NW, Lower Level)

Refreshments served from 10:30 to 11:00am.

This valuable workshop is presented at this low price in the spirit of community theatre.

This workshop is sponsored by Theatre Alberta with funding from The Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Christie Lites Sales.

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