Direct Address in Shakespeare Performance: An Evening with Sarah Enloe
Please join us for a special workshop/demonstration with Sarah Enloe, Director of Education for the American Shakespeare Center. Sarah will explore the role of direct address and audience contact in the plays for Shakespeare. Long speeches become active dialogues when an actor can talk to the audience. In this exploration, you’ll experience the world Shakespeare and his actor created. Explore the techniques actors use to make choices about when to bring the audience into the play. Find out how audience becomes character and character becomes intense. This combination of textual analysis and performance will open up possibilities for playing you may not have considered. You will also learn about the theatrical work and educational mission of American Shakespeare Center.
American Shakespeare Center illuminates the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, classic and new, refreshing the individual, fostering civil discourse, and creating community in the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia and beyond.
Sarah Enloe holds a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in dramaturgy, a Master of Letters with an emphasis in teaching from Mary Baldwin’s Shakespeare and Performance Program, and a B.F.A. in theatre studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah taught theatre arts at the high school level in Texas for five years, where she won recognition as teacher of the year and an NEH fellowship to study with Shakespeare & Co. At the American Shakespeare Center, Sarah directs programming in the areas of College Prep, Research and Scholarship, Life- Long Learning, and Educator Resources. She serves on the board of Hoosier Shakespeare, the Editorial Board of the Arden's Shakespeare and Social Justice series, and is President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. Sarah co-edited Shakespeare Expressed and contributed “Playing with Character – Audience Members in Early Modern Playhouses” to the collection. Sarah’s current work is focused on the practical application of performance techniques for the English classroom.