Upcoming Workshops

Working Classics will return in Winter 2021. Stay tuned for more details!

Past Workshops

Join us for our annual fall workshop for actors looking to improve their text work and classical performance technique.

Working Classics: Hamlet

Whether you're a Shakespearean scholar or novice - chances are you've found that classical text doesn't always trip off the tongue. Breathing life into poetic verse and vivid prose (and occasionally archaic references) requires homework…from a simple read-through for understanding, to scanning your verse, and exploring historical context.


The journey from page to stage isn't magic - it takes exploration and work. In our 5-week workshop series, Working Classics, we'll help bridge the gap between your text work and your acting choices


Our goal is to support you to explore new and familiar rehearsal techniques to enhance your at-home work so when you walk into that audition room, rehearsal studio, or stage you are free to play. By the end of this series, you will have a new personalized rehearsal process that works for you.

Our 6th annual Working Classics will use Hamlet as the foundation for our workshop. Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's most well known and studied plays. It includes some of his most vivid language, rich characters, and intriguing relationships. Together, we'll breathe new life into the text by exploring the difference between interpretation and comprehension - stripping away preconceived ideas to focus on the text and story in its cleanest form. Each week, we will take an in-depth look at a single act. Through table reading, text analysis, and work on your feet, you’ll learn how to make dynamic choices quickly for more productive rehearsals and better cold reads while developing confidence in your process for working classical texts.

Together we will:

  • Maximize your book work: refine your process for rehearsing classical text.

  • Become text detectives: know which clues to use and which to discard.

  • Find your pacing: use the verse to find the right rhythmic tempo of a scene.

  • Work it on your feet: physicalize the text to discover how it affects your choices.

  • Explore new rehearsal techniques: try cue scripting and physical exercises to craft an even richer performance.


Class participants will alternate roles throughout the class – allowing each actor to study and explore characters of all shape, gender, and size. We encourage men and women of all ages, backgrounds, and experience to attend.

No memorization is required – simply an interest in classical theatre, a passion for learning, and a desire to play. Participants may drop in for a single class or attend all five.


Class Details

Mondays - Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov 11, and Nov 18

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave, 4th floor, Room 407


Join us for a single class or all five!  

Single Class:  $15.00

Full workshop – 5 class package:  $60 (Save $15!)

To reserve your spot in class, use the PayPal links below to pay by credit card or 

email info@classicsontherocks.org to pay at the door. 


Sign up for all 5 classes - $60

Sign up for a single class - $15

We'll reach out by email to confirm which date you're planning to attend. 

Registration for this class is closed.

Join us February 22 for an Audition Prep Workshop!

Audition season is here! We're officially one month into the new year (how did that happen already?!?) and the time for summer stock and grad school auditions is upon us! Whether you're looking to brush up an existing monologue, searching for new material to enhance your book, or simply want to play with some text - we're here to help.

Join us for our classical audition prep workshop!

  • When: Saturday, February 22 from 12pm - 2pm

  • Where: Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave, 12th floor

  • Cost: $10 suggested donation or pay what you can (cash or venmo)

Please RSVP to reserve your spot. We will cap the class when we reach capacity to ensure all participants have time to work and play with their piece. 

What to Expect
Please prepare a 1-2 min classical Shakespeare monologue. Each student will have time to get up and work in front of the class and gain feedback. 

We've been on both sides of the table and know how stressful and time-consuming picking the right piece can be. We'll bring a fresh set of eyes and ears to give you a new take on your existing piece.

If you're looking for something new - let us know at least 1 week before the class and we'll work with you to find just the right piece to bring in.

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