Afraid of Shakespeare? Don’t be. Behind the tricky words and poetry lie worlds of possibility and some of the most fascinating theatre written in the English language.


Through this workshop, you will learn to:

 - Fall in love with Shakespeare: Discover your personal connection with the Bards’s immortal words

 - Become a Shakespeare Sleuth: Learn analytical and acting skills that can be used to unlock any text

 - Brush up your Shakespeare: Prepare a Shakespearean monologue for presentation


Over 3 Sundays in May, we will explore Shakespearean text, find out why he wrote the way he did, and learn to decipher clues he left behind to bring Shakespeare to life and into the 21st century. There will be group and individual exercises, as well as individualized coaching. No experience with Shakespeare or acting? No problem! Just bring your passion and your inquisitive mind! The three week course culminates in a public presentation of the monologues prepared during the course of the workshop.



WORKSHOP: Deciphering Shakespeare

Dates: MAY 7, 14, 21, 12am-4pm (12 hrs total)

Price: 2500NTD (payable in advance)

(maximum 15 participants)

Instruction will be in English


Public Workshop Presentation: May 21, 5pm


All events will take place at The LAB Space

Instruction will be in English

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Schedule (Subject to change)

Week 1- May 7: Intro, The basic tool chest, Choosing a piece

Week 2- May 14: Working the text

Week 3- May 21: Polishing & Performance



About Derek

Derek Kwan is an actor and classical singer working at the intersection of theatre, music and movement, with an interest in the full integration of these elements in performance. He has received training in various forms of theatre including: clown (Philippe Gaulier), physical theatre (Suzuki & Viewpoints), and Shakespeare at the Stratford Theatre Festival in Canada. Most recently in Taipei, he performed I, Claudia by Kristen Thomson at the LAB Space. He has performed in concerts, oratorios, operas, and theatre productions in Canada, Taiwan, China and Thailand, and has been nominated for 3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his work in theatre. Highlights include- theatre: Mr. Shi and His Lover (Macau Experimental Theatre), I, Claudia (Theatre Ignite, Taipei), God of Carnage (Butterfly Effect, Taipei), Tails From the City (Common Boots Theatre), Blood Wedding (Modern Times/Aluna); opera/music theatre: Play of Daniel (Toronto Consort), The Lesson of Da Ji (Toronto Masque Theatre); TV: XIII Season 2, Cracked.


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