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The Shakespearean Sonnet and the Modern Voice
Taught by: Kristin Linklater

E-Seminar Description
This e-seminar is more than an exploration of William Shakespeare's sonnets—it is also a personal journey to awaken the dormant power of the human voice. Drawing on Professor Linklater's experience as a student, teacher, actor and director, The Shakespearean Sonnet and the Modern Voice details her innovative approach to "speaking" Shakespeare.

This e-seminar is divided into four sections, each intended to expand on key ideas, concepts, and activities. The sections include exercises designed to engage you not only in the process of FREEing Shakespeare's voice, but also your own. In two of the exercises you are asked to "record" your own rendering of two Shakespearean texts—a passage from Henry V and a sonnet from our sonnet archive. These visits to the sonnet recital room will prove to be enjoyable and educational. Professor Linklater's exercises are complemented by glimpses into her acting workshop in which fourteen graduate students at Columbia University's theatre division participated.

Occasionally, Kristin Linklater also speaks a Shakespearean text herself. Throughout the e-seminar exercises, "Kristin's Class Time" and "Kristin Talks the Text" are accesssible by clicking the appropriate icon. Various animated activities that appear in separate sections of the e-seminar further enhance the experience.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Instructor's Background | Discussion Tools | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Learn to translate Shakespeare's full emotional, intellectual, and philosophical intent from the page to the stage by freeing your voice.

•    Learn to "play the body" by participating in speech excercises.

•    Discover the physical connection between word and image, mind and body.

•    Find your "revealing voice" by exploring Elizabethan culture and rhetoric.

•    Explore the elements that make up an interpretation.

•    "Talk the text" and record a sonnet in the Sonnet Recital Room.

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Instructor's Background
Instructor Background
Kristin Linklater, originally from Scotland, trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She subsequently returned to the LAMDA to teach voice production as Iris Warren's assistant. Professor Linklater was on the faculty of the New York University Graduate Theatre Program from 1966 to 1978, while also working with the Open Theater, the Negro Ensemble Company; Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario; the Guthrie Theatre; The Manhattan Project; The Royal Shakespeare Company; and Broadway shows, including the original production of Hair. From 1990 to 1997, she was Director of Actor Training at Emerson College in Boston. Since moving to the United States in 1963, Professor Linklater has served as a Master Teacher of Voice Production for actors in theater training programs in Canada, Italy, Germany, New Zealand, Russia, Australia, Holland and Wales as well as in many locations throughout the United States. She is currently the Chair of the Graduate Theatre Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University where she teaches voice, text, and Shakespeare.

She is the author of FREEing the Natural Voice (1976) and FREEing Shakespeare's Voice (1992) as well as dozens of scholarly papers and articles appearing in books, magazines, and journals. She was the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford, Rockefeller and Mellon Foundations to support The Working Theatre, a voice, movement, and acting teacher-training program she established in New York in 1974. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981. She has been awarded the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and New England Theatre Conference Career Achievement Awards. In April 2001, she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.

Kristen Linklater has appeared on stage in Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Romeo and Juliet (Nurse), and Richard III (Queen Margaret) for the St. Louis Repertory Theatre; Othello (Emilia) for the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta; Prometheus Bound and The Bacchae at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Waiting in the Wings at the Roundabout Theatre, and The Corn is Green on Broadway. She also played the title role in King Lear, produced by The Company of Women. Among other major productions, Linklater has directed Richard III for Shakespeare & Company and Hamlet for M.I.T.'s Shakespeare Ensemble.

In 1977, Kristen Linklater cofounded with Tina Packer Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. There she served as the company vocal coach for actors—among whom may be counted Richard Dreyfuss, Sigourney Weaver, Andre Gregory, and Keanu Reeves. She was the vocal coach for Broadway productions of Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, and The Real Thing and for Off-Broadway's Slab Boys. Ms. Linklater has also served as a private vocal coach/trainer to Bill Murray, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Donald Sutherland, and Alfre Woodard. In 1990, Linklater cofounded with Carol Gilligan The Company of Women, an all-female Shakespeare company.

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Discussion Tools
Columbia Interactive e-seminars have discussion board tools so you can respond to questions posed by faculty members and your peers throughout the seminar experience. You can view your responses and those of your classmates by clicking "View Postings in the Discussion Forum" or by going to the section of the e-seminar called "Discussion Forums."

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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