16th Street Actors Studio in association with The Equity Foundation is delighted to announce an afternoon Masterclass on Shakespeare with distinguished British actor, director and author, Simon Callow.
As one of the UK’s most celebrated actors, we are thrilled to present a one-off Masterclass with Simon on the heels of his critically acclaimed tour of Edinburgh, the West End and New York with his one-man play Being Shakespeare.
A scholar of the work of Shakespeare and Dickens, Simon will work with a group of selected actors on Mercutio’s ‘Queen Mab’ soliloquy from Romeo and Juliet (Act 1, Scene 4) and the sonnet When to the sessions of Sweet Silent thought (number 30).
Through the exploration of this work, Simon will illuminate Shakespeare and its importance to modern actors. He will explore the syntax and depth of Shakespeare’s language and highlight the significance of sonnets.
This afternoon class is an opportunity to learn from an actor with formidable experience with Shakespeare and learn tools in how to tackle classic texts.
Everyone is encouraged to read both the monologue and sonnet before the class. Copies of both will also be provided on the day.
Simon Callow’s theatre credits are extensive. Following his training at London’s prestigious Drama Centre, he created the title role of Mozart in Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus when the play premiered at the National Theatre. He has appeared extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Royal Court, on the West End and at The National Theatre.
Over the years Simon has performed in a number of one-man plays including The Importance of Being Oscar, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, and Being Shakespeare. He appeared in The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s presentation of a play he devised from the Sonnets of William Shakespeare called There Reigns Love. Simon has also worked on television for over 30 years and his notable film roles include Amadeus, A Room with a View, Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Phantom of the Opera.
Simon has directed theatre on the West End and Broadway and is a published author, having written the highly-acclaimed biographies of Charles Laughton and Orson Welles and a memoir entitled Love Is Where It Falls.