Learning

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Study with Bedlam

Bedlam offers acting classes in several areas of study including but not limited to Shakespeare, Scene Study, Acting for the Camera, Movement for Actors and Voice and Speech.  All classes are taught by former & current Bedlam cast members and our Resident Teaching Artists. Space is limited for each class. Admission to advanced classes are based on resume review. Please see schedule below. For any questions about upcoming classes please email: education@theatrebedlam.org

Classes

Poster for a Bedlam drama class: Shakespeare Out Loud: Profile of a partial face talking

Sign up DEADLINE:
January 6th

READING SHAKESPEARE: KING LEAR
with ESTHER WILLIAMSON

MONDAYS 6PM–9PM

January 13–February 17, 2020

$375

Reading Shakespeare is an opportunity for theatre professionals, educators, and all Shakespeare lovers to dive into text work without the pressures of performance. Through a close reading of King Lear, participants will explore how Shakespeare uses meter, verse structure, rhetoric, and poetic devices to communicate with his actors and his audience. Participants will leave this class with a greater ability to both read and speak Shakespeare’s language with clarity and specificity. This class is open to all.

LOCATION: Sunlight Studios 321 W 44th St Suite #202, New York, NY 10036

Poster for a Bedlam Drama class: A Drawing of William Shakespeare at a writting desk

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january 18

EMBODIED SHAKESPEARE
with RANDOLPH CURTIS RAND

10AM–5PM

January 25–January 26, 2020 (Weekend Workshop)

$375

Suit the action to the word! Participants in this weekend workshop will make powerful physical choices in response to Shakespeare’s language. Drawing on the techniques of Cecily Berry, Kristen Linklater, Tina Packer, and other master teachers, participants will explore Shakespeare’s text in a way that provokes an immediate, visceral, original response. This class is ideal for performers, directors, and Shakespeare lovers. 

LOCATION: Sunlight Studios 321 W 44th St Suite #202, New York, NY 10036

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JANUARY 7th

bedlam playwrights' group
with paul pillitteri

tueSDAYS 6PM–9PM

January 14 – March 3, 2020

$175

The Bedlam Playwrights’ Group is a collective of writers that meets once a week in order to develop their work. Bedlam provides meeting space and a moderator, and playwrights are invited to shape their own environment in which to share, create, and develop new plays and adaptations. At the final meeting, writers will be invited to present a brief sample of their work to a member of Bedlam’s creative team. This group is open to playwrights who have had at least one professional production of a script, either in an established theatre, a fringe production, or self-produced. To apply, please submit a resume and a five-page writing sample to education@theatrebedlam.org. 

LOCATION: TBD

George Bernard Shaw

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FEBRUARY 24

Scene Study: SHAW
with ERIC TUCKER

COMING SOON

TBD 2020

$375

Few playwrights use language with more precision and clarity than G.B. Shaw. Actors in this class will dig into the riches of Shaw’s language and characters, learning to recognize the opportunities embedded in the text to bring these plays to life. This class is open to actors with classical theatre experience. To apply, please submit your resume and a brief video of yourself performing or reading a speech from Shaw’s works to education@theatrebedlam.org.

LOCATION: TBD

Our Instructors

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ERIC TUCKER

Wall Street Journal DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR 2014. Off Broadway: Bedlam’s Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet; Pygmalion; Peter Pan; Vanity Fair; Sense and Sensibility (Off Broadway Alliance Award, Lortel nom., Best Director, Drama League nom., Best Revival); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Drama League nom. Best Revival, WSJ Best Classical Production 2015; NY Times Critics’ Pick), Bedlam’s Saint Joan (NY Times/Time Magazine Top 10; Off Broadway Alliance Best Revival 2014)Bedlam’s Hamlet (NY Times Top 10; Time Out NY/Backstage Critics’ Pick); Tina Packer’s Women of Will.  For Bedlam: Hamlet/Saint Joan: McCarter Theatre; Central Sq. Theater (Elliott Norton: Outstanding Visiting Production/Outstanding Ensemble, Boston Globe Top Ten); Dead Dog Park, New York Animals (World Premiere by Steven Sater/Burt Bacharach), Twelfth Night and What You Will (NY Times Critics’ Picks), The Seagull (WSJ Best Classical Production 2014), Sense & Sensibility (NY Times Top 10, NY Times/WSJ/Time Out Critics’ Picks). Other: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Two River), Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (OSF); Pericles (APT); Sense and Sensibility (The Folger Theater, 8 Helen Hayes nominations including Best Director and Best Production), Copenhagen (Central Square Theater), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (HVSF), Mate (The Actors’ Gang). Eric received his M.F.A. from the Trinity Rep Conservatory. He resides in New York City where he is Founder and Artistic Director of Bedlam.

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ZUZANNA SZADKOWSKI

Zuzanna Szadkowski played Dorota in the CW’s hit drama series “Gossip Girl”. She can be seen as Nurse Pell on the Cinemax series from Steven Soderbergh, “The Knick.” Other television credits include: “Search Party,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Girls,” “Guiding Light,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” Film credits include Pigeon, Growing up and Other Lies, Loserville and Butterflies of Bill Baker. Off-Broadway theater credits include queens at LCT3, Uncle Romeo Vanya Juliet (WSJ Performance of the Year 2018) with Bedlam and Peter Pan also with Bedlam, The Comedy of Errors as part of the Public Theater’s Mobile Shakespeare Unit, and Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore. Regional theater credits include The 39 Steps at The Actors Theater of Louisville, The Merry Wives of Windsor at Two River Theater and The Nerd at Bucks County Playhouse. Zuzanna is a Master Teacher for YoungArts in Miami. She received a B.A. from Barnard College

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KELLEY CURRAN

BROADWAY: Present Laughter with Kevin Kline. OFF-BROADWAY: Mother of the Maid with Glenn Close (The Public), The Winter’s Tale (TFANA), Sense & Sensibility, Peter Pan (Bedlam), The DingDong (The Pearl), ‘Tis Pity… (Red Bull), Angels In America (Signature), Atmosphere of Memory (LAByrinth), Henry V (New Victory/The Acting Company). REGIONAL: Paper Mill Playhouse, The Guthrie, Shakespeare Theatre Company of DC, Portland Center Stage, Shakespeare & Co. FILM: The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot. TV: The Blacklist. For her work, Kelley has received both the Callaway Award and the National Theatre Conference’s Emerging Professional Award. She is also a Drama League and Princess Grace Award nominee.

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ESTHER WILLIAMSON

Esther Williamson is Bedlam’s Resident Teaching Artist. She has worked all over the country as an actor, musician, and teaching artist with such companies as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alchemical Theatre of Wilmington (NC), Ford’s Theater (DC), Happenstance Theater (DC), Opera House Arts (ME), Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre (WA), and many others. Esther is a company member at Taffety Punk Theatre Company in Washington, DC and has performed over half of Shakespeare’s canon with the Punks and their all-female Shakespeare arm, the Riot Grrrls. She has taught for most of the companies listed above, as well as for The Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Seattle Pacific University, and other schools and organizations. Esther holds an MFA from The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting.

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Randolph Curtis Rand

Randolph Curtis Rand is an OBIE Award winning Theatre artist. Most recent work includes directing THE PILL at La Mama, and THE TEMPEST at Scranton Shakespeare Festival, and playing the leads in KING CHARLES III at Burning Coal Theatre (NC), and in DRACULA at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other artist/theaters he’s worked with; Joseph Chaikin, Elevator Repair Service, Richard Foreman, Pig Iron, The Rude Mechs, The Talking Band, Target Margin, and The Wooster Group to name a few.

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Ryan Quinn

Ryan Quinn is an actor, director, teacher and frequent collaborator with Bedlam, appearing in DeadDogPark (John Jones) at 59E59, and in Sense and Sensibility at both A.R.T. (John Middleton) and Portland Center Stage (Colonel Brandon).  OFF Broadway:  Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage), The Killer, King Lear, Hamlet, Antony and Cleopatra (TFANA), Vanity Fair (The Pearl).  Selected Regional:  Yellowman (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Hamlet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Old Globe), The King Stag (Yale Repertory Theatre), Pride and Prejudice (Dorset Theater Festival) and eight seasons with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.  TV/Film:  Blindspot, Madam Secretary, Friends from College, Blacklist Redemtion, Person of Interest, The Circuit, and OVUM.  Ryan serves as the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Esperance Theater Company, where he directed Twelfth Night, Youth and Ambition, and the world premiere of Breitwisch Farm by Jeremy Kamps.  Additionally he has directed for The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, TinyRhino, NYU Tisch, and LIU Post.  He has taught with Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYU Tisch, Manhattanville College, The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, West Point Academy, Vassar College’s Powerhouse Apprentice Training Program, The National Shakespeare Company, The Shakespeare Academy and others.  He received a B.A from UW Madison and a MFA from The Yale School of Drama.

Veteran Outreach

Bedlam offers a FREE ongoing acting class for Veterans on Monday evenings with a focus on Shakespeare’s plays. Other areas of study include Scene Study, Acting for the Camera, Movement for Actors and Voice and Speech. Participants are also welcome to bring in material of their choice to work on for auditions and performances. The class is open to actors of all levels of experience as well as “non-actors.” Veterans only.

For more information, email: info@bedlam.org

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FREE Acting CLASS FOR VETERANS

When:

Monday Evenings
(Ongoing) | 6pm–9pm

Where:

MCCANN
622 Third Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10017

VETERANS ONLY. (Enter the building on the 41st Street Side of the building between Lexington and 3rd Avenue. When you enter, tell the McCann concierge that you are attending the Bedlam Outreach class and they will send you to the 18th floor.)

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Veteran Scholarship

In addition to the free Monday night classes, we will have a spot reserved in each of our other general classes for the recipient of an upcoming VETERAN SCHOLARSHIP.

For more information and to apply please contact: education@theatrebedlam.org

Outreach Support

In addition to our free veteran classes and scholarship, we also offer discounted tickets for veterans to all Bedlam productions. For more information contact: info@bedlam.org

Our veteran’s program is made possible through individual contributions from donors like you and from additional support from:

Katherine Abrams, Anonymous, Jo Burnstein, Frank Carson, Everett Cox, ExxonMobil Foundation, John Eliason, John Fabiani, Judith Ferber, Carol Grossman, Peregrine Heard, Wendy and Bill Hilburn, Barbara Krenz, Carole Krumland, John Langan, McCann Advertising Company, Kimberlee Monroe-Swift, Carol Nadell, Bryan and Amy Olson, Andrew & Danielle Pfister, Mary Popovic, Mark S. Dean & Ellen Cady Putnam, Susan D. Ralston, Linda Rodman, Mona Schnitzler, Lela Sharp, David Singer & Sarilee Kahn

List is current from April 17, 2018-April 17, 2019. We apologize for any inaccuracies. To learn more about donating to Bedlam’s Veteran Outreach program, or to advise of any needed corrections, please contact Susannah Millonzi, Director of Development, at development@bedlam.org.