This workshop will examine and play with methods for diving deeper into Shakespeare's text, pulling it apart and examining it, helping to make it truly come to life. How do we let the words dance "trippingly on the tongue", and what does it really mean to "suit the action to the word, the word to the action"? Through an examination of Shakespeare's astonishing wordplay, and physical exercises that help to explore and highlight the complexity of the text, we will pull apart a speech or two and discover the stuff of which it is made.
Mike is a professional actor, director, adjudicator and theatre educator who makes his home in Vancouver. As a performer, he has worked with many of the city’s theatre companies and has been fortunate enough to tour throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, and Israel. Mike leads theatre workshops and also serves as an adjudicator of Speech Arts at festivals throughout British Columbia. Currently the Lead Instructor for Carousel Theatre’s Teen Shakespeare Program, his extensive work with young people also includes fifteen years as coordinator of the Young Shakespeareans program with Bard on the Beach, resident director for Theatre Temp at Templeton Secondary, guest director with Smithers Secondary, as well as numerous ongoing workshops throughout Lower Mainland schools and within the Homelearning community. He is Mike is a multiple Jessie Award nominee and recipient, and a graduate of the Studio 58 Professional Theatre training program.