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Publisher's Summary

Shakespeare & Company: When Action Is Eloquence is the first comprehensive insight into this internationally acclaimed company founded in 1978 in Lenox, Massachusetts, by actor-director Tina Packer and voice pioneer Kristin Linklater, with the transformative power of Shakespeare’s language at its heart.

Why act Shakespeare? What’s his relevance in the 21st century? Compelling answers to these questions lie at the centre of this highly accessible journey into Shakespeare & Company’s aesthetics and practice. Drawing on hitherto unpublished material - including notebooks, lectures, interviews, rehearsal diaries - and the Company’s newly collated archive, this book provides insight into a working theatre company and sheds light on the role Shakespeare plays in our modern world. It also details:

  • Shakespeare & Company’s founding and early history.
  • Its aesthetic based on the Elizabethan theatre’s principles of the art of rhetoric; structure of the verse; voice and movement; clown; fight; and actor/audience relationship
  • Vocational components of its training intensives
  • Practical pedagogy of its education programs
  • Insights into its unique approaches to performance
  • Impact and legacy of its three lifetime founding members: Dennis Krausnick (director of training), Kevin G. Coleman (director of education) and Tina Packer (founding artistic director).

Actors, directors, students, educators, scholars and theatre-lovers alike will find practical acting strategies, inspirational approaches to theatre making and lively insights into the sustaining of a unique and robust theatre company that has been thriving for more than 40 years.

©2020 Bella Merlin (P)2021 W F Howes

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