Original Pronunciation

Original Pronunciation

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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 …

Bernhardt Hamlet on Broadway 

Shane Ann Productions

Well that was a fun evening in the theatre! Watching Bernhardt Hamlet on Broadway with three of former students from NYU Grad Acting – Jason Butler Harner, Matt Saldivar, and Aaron Costas Ganis.  The star of the show is one of my all time favorite actors – Janet McTeer. I have seen her in many shows at the Royal Shakespeare …

André Holland playing Othello at the Globe Theatre in London

Shane Ann Productions

I’ve been to the Globe Theatre in London before but this time my former student from NYU Graduate Acting, André Holland, was playing Othello!  It is difficult to describe the feelings of seeing someone you taught perform on such a prestigious stage. From the first moment André entered, he commanded our attention.  He had the audience in the palm of …

Daniel Sunjata

Daniel Sunjata on Broadway in “St. Joan”

Shane Ann Productions

Recently I saw a production of “St. Joan” on Broadway. The production starred Condola Rashad as Joan and my former NYU Grad Acting student, Daniel Sunjata, as Dunois. He was terrific! I loved the way he used the language of the very demanding G. B. Shaw.  Daniel’s been doing a lot of TV work (Notorious, Graceland, Rescue Me) but he …

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 …

Matthew Saldivar

Matthew Saldivar in “St. Joan” on Broadway

Shane Ann Productions

Recently I saw a production of “St. Joan” on Broadway. The production starred Condola Rashad as Joan. It also featured my former NYU Grad Acting student Matthew Saldivar. He played two roles – Poulengey and D’Estivet. Wow was he good! The characters were so different that no one (except his former teacher) would know it was the same actor. Visit …

Two Former Students Receive Oscars

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 Oscars made history this year with “Moonlight”. This was the first film with an all African-American cast to win Best …

First Shakespeare Monologue

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. 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 begins – …

Shakespeare Plays

My students using the App to pronounce words in their rehearsals of Hamlet and Macbeth

Shane Ann NYU Grad Acting

My First Year students in the Graduate Acting Program at NYU have been very enthusiastic about using the Shakespeare Pronunciation app as they rehearse “Hamlet” and “Macbeth”. They told me that at the beginning of the rehearsals, they used it every night to check the pronunciations of the unusual words and the character and place names in Shakespeare plays. I …