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Nashville Shakespeare Festival

Contact Name: Katie Bruno


161 Rains Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
United States
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Phone: (615) 255-2273

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Nashville Shakespeare Festival https://nashvilleshakes.org

The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s (NSF) mission is to educate and entertain the Mid-South community through professional Shakespearean experiences. NSF Teaching Artists’ approach in the classroom aims to identify the essential humanity found within the text, and then introduces tools actors use to make sense of the language, characters, and stories. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you like, NSF presents Shakespeare’s works in a way that is accessible to all. The workshops, classes, and coaching sessions incorporate introductory to advanced practices of text analysis, scansion, voice work and projection, stage presence, and physical and movement training.

2021-22 Season offerings can be found on our website!

Contact Katie Bruno at katie@nashvilleshakes.org

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Romeo and Juliet 5-actor Tour Available Virtually in 2021

Program Type: Arts Curriculum, Arts Appreciation

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The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 5-actor tour of Romeo and Juliet breathes new life into the most famous love story of all time. Five professional actors play all the roles, and like Shakespeare’s actors, will be in full light speaking directly to the audience, allowing you to be part of Shakespeare’s volatile Verona. All the romance, all the tragedy, and all the thrilling fights packed into a 90-minute experience that includes a post-show talkback with the actors. Supplemental workshops available! Available Virtually in 2021!

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Program Title: An Actor's Approach Workshop

Program Type: Arts Curriculum, Arts Appreciation

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Teaching Shakespeare? Look no further. Our Actors Approach workshop is a 60-minute, fun-filled experience that gives students the tools to unlock Shakespeare’s through a whole new lens. By exploring speeches and scenes, the artist and students together, all study the arc of one character’s development from beginning to end. Throughout the exercises, the teaching artist leads discussion and debate on how an actor might interpret the characterization. An added bonus: many of the artists have played these roles and know them inside-and-out!

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Program Title: In-school Workshops

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The Nashville Shakespeare Festival offers five types of in-class workshops to classes of all ages, elementary through college. Per the teacher’s request, many of these workshops relate directly to the Shakespeare play they are currently studying in-class, geared specifically toward exploring an over-arching idea through acting exercises led by a professional teaching artist.  Educators may request any of the plays in Shakespeare’s illustrious canon.

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