What will I learn?
In this self-paced, video-based class, you'll dive into the mechanics of Shakespeare's verse focusing on scansion (the act of breaking down and analyzing the rhythm of verse). Each brief video will introduce a new concept in scansion, along with practice texts in which participants can immediately apply what they've learned. To see which topics are covered in this class, check out the curriculum list below.
Who is this for?
This class is intended for anyone who wishes to speak Shakespeare's verse aloud with passion and specificity. While it is taught with actors in mind, it may also be useful to educators, Shakespeare lovers, and public speakers.
Why study scansion?
Many actors and Shakespeare lovers use scansion to unlock Shakespeare's verse. When you understand the rules behind the verse, the rhythm becomes a roadmap that points to meaning, clarity, and expression for both the speaker and the listener.
Are discounts available for artists and people from marginalized groups?
Yes! This class is priced for artists, but sometimes even a low price can be too high. Anyone who needs a discount is invited to name their price. Please see here for more details.
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 joy and freedom. She seeks to help her students feel ready to meet the challenges of a life in art with skill and grace.