Iambic Pentameter
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Iambic Pentameter

Shane Ann Shakespeare

Cassidy Cash, the podcast host of That Shakespeare Life, interviews Shane Ann about iambic pentameter in Shakespeare’s plays. Iambic pentameter verse consists of five feet (a foot is an iamb).  Each foot is made up of two syllables – one syllable is stressed and the other is unstressed. Pentameter is taken from the Greek word “penta” meaning five. Therefore, iambic …

Dialect Coach NYC

Master Class Monologue Workshop 

Shane Ann Shakespeare, Voice and Speech Class

It was wonderful to work with these actors in the Master Class Monologue Workshop. The Workshop is for students who have completed the Voice and Speech for Actors program. After an intense vocal warm up, each actor works on whatever they want to.  The variety of material has been fascinating. Their choices have included sides for an audition they are …

Original Pronunciation

Original Pronunciation

Shane Ann Shakespeare

Original pronunciation is a popular topic among actors, directors, linguists and scholars. OP, as it is called, is the dialect spoken in Shakespeare’s time. We cannot be 100% certain as to how the dialect sounded when Shakespeare wrote his plays because there weren’t any recordings but linguists have found many clues in the plays and sonnets. How we Know what …

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare In The Park – The Production of “Othello” 

Shane Ann Shakespeare

It was very exciting to see and hear my former students from NYU Grad Acting in the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Othello”!  Corey Stoll was a fascinating Iago. Heather Lind was an illuminating Desdemona.  In addition to Corey and Heather, the other Grad acting alums were Motell Foster (Roderigo), Chris Cassarino (Ensemble).  Also in the cast were David …

Two Former Students Receive Oscars

Two Former Students Receive Academy Awards

Shane Ann Shakespeare

Two of my former students received Academy Awards this year. I have never written that sentence before! Mahershala Ali (NYU Tisch Graduate Acting) in “Moonlight” for Best Supporting Actor and Viola Davis (Juilliard) in “Fences” for Best Supporting Actress.  The academy awards made history this year with “Moonlight”. This was the first film with an all African-American cast to win …

Voice and Speech for Actors

Shakespeare Monologue Coaching

Shane Ann Shakespeare

I recently assigned Shakespeare monologues to the students in my Advanced Class. For many of them it is their first time doing Shakespeare monologue coaching. We finished a series of scanning exercises, which included discussions about short verse lines, long verse lines, shared verse lines, epic caesuras, elisions, stretching a word, and acting on the verse line. Now the fun …

Julius Caesar

Production of “Julius Caesar”

Shane Ann Shakespeare

Last night I saw a wonderful production of “Julius Caesar” directed by Jeff Wise (NYU Grad Acting Alum) at The Wheelhouse Theater Company. Very impressed with what Jeff did with a cast of six. They told the story with a clarity and excitement that is not often seen in a company with a much larger cast. In the company were former Grad Acting students …

Shakespeare Mobile App

Shakespeare Mobile App is LIVE

Shane Ann Shakespeare

Latest News Update The Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App is now available in both the Google Play store and Apple store. To download your copy click below. About the Shakespeare Mobile App This new and unique app is an essential tool for actors, producers, professors, students and everyone who enjoys the plays of William Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Mobile App contains AUDIO …

Shakespeare Audio Dictionary

The Beginning of the Shakespeare Audio Dictionary

Shane Ann Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Audio Dictionary was an idea that kept coming to me over a few years. Whenever I was working on a production of one of Shakespeare’s plays, either a professional production or the student productions in New York University’s Graduate Acting program where I teach, I noticed the actors holding my book “All the Words on Stage, a Complete …

shakespeare app

Shakespeare App Coming Soon

Shane Ann Shakespeare

Finished recording the last 900 words for the Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App. Whew! I am very exited that the Shakespeare App I have been working on for the last year with Louis Scheeder is almost ready for distribution.  We are finishing off the very last development steps and proofing and expect it to be on the Apple and Google stores …