Shakespeare Monologue Master Class
This pay-what-you-can workshop is an experiment and an offering to the Chicago theatre community, from a director and teaching artist with more than fifteen years of experience directing and teaching Shakespeare—with credits at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, The Theatre School at DePaul, and Shakespeare & Company.
Bring in a two-minute monologue and we’ll work on it together in a group. I can help you understand and clarify the meaning and structure of the verse while deepening your personal connection to the character and text.
This class is limited to 9 participants.
We’ll start the night with introductions and a group warm-up (led by principles of Linklater voice work), followed by individual coaching for each participant in a “master class” format.
Think of it as practice, as exploration. Your goals are your own—whether to polish up an audition piece, sharpen a speech for a play you’re currently working on, or just reconnect to Shakespeare for the fun of it.
Being relatively new to Chicago, this drop-in format is an experiment for me as well. Let’s grow together.
When: Sunday, May 12 from 6pm-10pm
Where: The Theatre School at DePaul University (2350 N. Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60614)
Cost: Pay what you can (Venmo or Cash)
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About Me
Enrico Spada (he/him) is a freelance director and teaching artist. Recent directing credits include: The Winter’s Tale for DePaul University; National Merit for BoHo Theatre; Dead Boy Walking and Can’t Sleep for Pegasus Theatre Company’s Young Playwrights Festival; Little Shop of Horrors at Metropolis Performing Arts Center; The Light in the Piazza, The Illusion, All's Well That Ends Well, and Kimberly Akimbo at Illinois State University; Sleeping Beauty at Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Much Ado About Nothing at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Enrico is the Founder and Artistic Director of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, a free outdoor festival in Western Massachusetts for which he has directed Twelfth Night, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (twice) and Romeo and Juliet. Enrico served as Assistant Director to Eric Tucker for Bedlam's Off-Broadway Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet, and to Barbara Gaines for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's Romeo and Juliet, and assisted on productions at Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. As a teaching artist, Enrico has worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre's Shakespeare SLAM and the National High School Institute at Northwestern, in addition to directing for nine years in Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare and other K-12 residencies, including productions of Henry VI, The Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, King John, and Cymbeline. Enrico received his MFA in the professional directing program at Illinois State University/Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He holds a BA in Acting and Theatre Education from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
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