Our Macbeth class is in the past, but there are more Exploring Shakespeare classes to come. Please join the mailing list to be notified when the next round of classes is open for registration.


When will we meet?

This class will meet via Zoom Mondays 7:00-9:00 p.m. EST from January 4 through February 15, 2021.

Once participants register, they will receive an email with a Zoom link, instructions, and all the resources they need to prepare for our first class.

What will we learn?

In this class, we will explore Shakespeare's play Macbeth from an actor's perspective. We will read the play together from beginning to end, focusing on the signals and directions for actors that Shakespeare embedded in the text, using tools like rhetoric, poetic devices, verse structure, and more. We'll use what we discover to focus on communicating with clarity and specificity.

Who is this for?

This class is intended to serve a broad range of participants.

  • Theatre professionals will deepen their ability to navigate Shakespeare's language for more dynamic storytelling.
  • Educators will gain new tools to ignite their students' curiosity.
  • Public speakers from all walks of life will gain insight into more effective communication.
  • Shakespeare lovers will get an up-close look at what makes this play tick.

This course is closed for enrollment.

Meet Your Instructor

Esther Williamson is an actor and teaching artist based in Brooklyn, New York. A proud company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Company in Washington, DC, Esther has been praised by The Washington Post and numerous local critics for her deft handling of heightened text and her grounded, soulful onstage presence. With Taffety Punk, she has performed over half of Shakespeare's canon as well as several new and classic works. She has also acted and taught with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Seattle Shakespeare Company; Book-It Repertory Theatre; Alchemical Theatre of Wilmington, NC; Opera House Arts in Stonington, ME; Happenstance Theater; and many others. She earned her MFA from The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre Co. in Washington, DC.

As a teaching artist, Esther values process over product. She seeks to offer tools and strategies for each actor to develop the process that best serves their work. She strives to create a low-pressure, risk-friendly studio environment in which actors can work with freedom and joy. She seeks to help her students feel ready to meet the challenges of a life in art with skill and grace.