AD: How To Do Shakespeare

AD: How To Do Shakespeare

CATEGORY: Classes/Schools

Gallery Players
Brooklyn, NY 11215


Dominic Cuskern

Job Details



How does an actor speak Shakespeare’s heightened language without feeling clumsy and sounding artificial? In this eight-week class you will learn how to make Shakespeare’s words your friend and use them to create a vivid character. The classes are taught via ZOOM and combine training in technique along with practical application in monologue and scene work. You will learn:

·      The iambic rhythm and why it is useful

·      How to spot and use rhetorical devices

·      When to breathe and how to phrase

·      How to navigate those long speeches

·      How to scan a line of verse

·      Detecting Shakespeare’s internal directions

·      The caesura

·      Structure and rhythm

·      And  much more

This course will serve as a great starter kit for the beginning actor or as a useful refresher course for those more experienced.

Mondays from 7-9PM from September 28th-November 2nd.  The course is $99.  If you register before September 14th it is $80.

For an immediate interview with Mr. Cuskern please email him at

DOMINIC CUSKERN appeared on Broadway in Inherit The Wind starring George C. Scott. He played Labisse in the Broadway National Tour of the musical Victor/Victoria.  He created the role of Ganesha, the Hindu god, in Terrence McNally’s A Perfect Ganesh which starred Zoe Caldwell at MTC.  He was a member of the Resident Acting Company at the Pearl Theatre in New York City. His favorite Shakespeare roles include Prospero, Shylock and Malvolio. Mr. Cuskern was born in England where he obtained his B.A at Leeds University.  He received his Masters degree from Columbia University. He is currently the President of the board of directors at Gallery Players where he runs Players’ Shakespeare.


September 28, 2020 - November 2, 2020



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