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The School at Nashville Shakespeare Festival

The School at Nashville Shakes, taught by some of NSF's teaching artists, directors, fight choreographers, and actors is for aspiring Shakespeareans seeking to learn a variety of methods and techniques to help with their understanding of Shakespeare's language and performance elements.  The workshops found in the curriculum are vast and diverse, where the student chooses what area best suits their needs; be it voice work, physical work, text analysis, combat skills, or the basic building blocks of the bard. No matter the need, we guarantee that time will be dedicated to the individual to help them grow as an artist.


NSF Artistic Associate Santiago Sosa earned a BFA from Texas State University and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin. He is the co-founder of At Random Theatre as well as the co-founder of From the Branch Theatre Company where he served as its artistic director for seven years. As an actor, teaching artist, and/or voice & text coach, Santiago has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Players Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Muse of Fire Shakespeare, Door Shakespeare, Writers Theatre-Chicago, Forward Theatre Company, Definition Theatre-Chicago, Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Nashville Children’s Theatre, Nashville Rep, The Theatre Bug, and ShakespeareRep. Favorite past Shakespearean roles include Macbeth, Mercutio, Brutus, Autolycus, Edmund, Oberon, Bertram, Pinch, Guildenstern, Malvolio, Proteus, and First Lord. He was recently seen in Nashville Shakespeare’s Productions of As You Like It (Oliver), and Twelfth Night (Orsino) Recently Santiago directed Vanderbilt's production of A Shayna Maidel, NSF's Romeo and Juliet, and The Theater Bug's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and is currently working on directing NSF's Shakespeare in the Park's production of The Winter's Tale this summer and MTSU's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the fall.  Santiago also works as an adjunct professor at Lipscomb University and MTSU. Santiago is the recipient of the Horton Foote Award for Playwrighting, The Advanced Opportunity Fellowship for Acting, and the Robert Yeager Award for Directing.



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Performing Shakespeare's Monologues

Taught by Santiago Sosa
May 9, 16, 23, & 30(Tuesdays) 6:00 - 9:00pm
Tuition: $150 per person
Capacity: 12


Learn (or revisit) the basics of delivering a Shakespeare monologue and then take those building blocks to the next level by learning how to utilize metrical art, the first folio, and poetic devices to unlock the full potential of Shakespeare's Monologues in the audition room as well as the rehearsal space..   

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Shakespeare and Suzuki Movement Class

Taught by Rene Millan
May 8, 15, 22, & 29 (Monday's) 6:00 - 9:00pm
Tuition: $150 per person
Capacity: 14


Called by many, “The Art of Stillness,” the Suzuki Method of Actor Training is a psycho-physical technique created by renowned theatre director Tadashi Suzuki that utilizes rigorous physical exercises designed to disrupt an actor's center of gravity and breath that strengthens focus and concentration, endurance, will, voice, awareness, openness and availability.

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Shakespeare Scenework

Taught by Nat McIntyre
May 10, 17, 24 & 31 (Wednesdays) 6:00 - 9:00pm
Tuition: $150 per person
Capacity: 14


Using years of experience as a director, actor, and teacher on film, in regional theater, off-broadway, and on Nat McIntyre will help you use rythm, text, and any acting partner to explore and open up even the toughest scenes both in theater and for the camera.  If you want to become the actor that directors and other actors want to work with, this class is a great start.  

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June Shakespeare Intensive

Taught by Santiago Sosa
June 5-10 (Mondays thru Saturday) June 12-16 (Monday thru Thursday) 3:00 - 8:00PM; Final Showcase Friday June 16 6:00 PM
Tuition: $300 per person
Capacity: 14


In this professional actor training workshop, you will study and rehearse Shakespeare scenes and monologues intensively with other students and professionals from Nashville, sharpening skills that will be useful in future rehearsals and for professional auditions.
• 50 hours of intensive scene study, voice work, monologue work, and ensemble work that culminates in a showcase.This class is recommended for actors with a mild amount of experience with Shakespeare's language.  Not recommended for beginners.

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Stage Combat Intensive

Taught by Carrie Brewer
June 19-23 (Monday thru Friday) 3:00 - 8:00pm
Tuition: $250 per person
Capacity: 16


Students will learn basic theatrical sword fighting techniques, terminology, and choreography in this fun, high-intensity stage combat class that will focus on how to act the fight - and be safe doing it!  There will also be time spent on basic hand-to-hand techniques and will culminate in an epic fight scene from one of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Shakespeare Kids' Camp (for Ages 10-12)

Taught by Morgan Davis
June 19-23 (Monday-Friday) 10:00am - 2:00PM; Showcase Friday June 23rd at 1:00 PM
Tuition: $250 per person
Capacity: 20

Young students can get to know Shakespeare in this fun, high-energy camp lead by one of NSF's teaching artists Morgan Davis.  Students will become familiar with Shakespeare's poetry, imagery, and sense of play.  This is a great way to prep students for the NSF's Apprentice Company.  For ages 7-12

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