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Participant $450 - Auditor $200

Course Length: 6-weeks

Course Day/Time: TBD


Shakespeare specialist Rob Clare has helped actors all over the world to handle these extraordinary texts with added confidence, vitality, and creative freedom. Like good athletes, actors need to work out, and there is no better place to do so, than in The Shakespeare Gym. These plays were written by an actor, for his fellow actors.  They are for you! So come and join us. Whether you're a beginner, or a more experienced Shakespearean, all are welcome. All will find room to grow.

Riz Ahmed

Emmy Award winner & Golden Globes nominee

"Rob Clare fundamentally shaped the way I approach acting - he changed my life!"
Riz Ahmed

Carrie Coon

Obie Award winner & Tony Award nominee

"Rob Clare's workshops are practical magic. A weekend with Rob is more incisive and relevant than a semester of Shakespeare."
Carrie Coon
  • Instructor Bio

    Meet your Instructor

    Rob Clare is an internationally recognized specialist, who has taught or directed Shakespeare in Ireland, India, Austria, Germany, Australia, China, and the USA. His freelance work includes coaching the core acting ensembles of the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Britain’s leading repertory company, The Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. In the US he has been visiting faculty at UCLA, The Juilliard School, Yale, USC Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, and NYU Tisch (both graduate and undergraduate acting). As a director, his most recent production was Troilus and Cressida (UCLA), pictured above. He is currently planning to tour King Lear to underserved communities in the Los Angeles area. For a complete biography, or to book individual coaching, or in-person workshops for smaller, self-selected groups, visit Rob’s personal website:

    Rob Clare

Weekly Breakdown

Each week will consist of one, 3-hour session

  • 01
    Class Access: Located in 'My Dashboard'
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    • Step 1: Welcome!
    • Step 2: Getting Your Bearings
    • Step 3: Virtual Class Best Practices
    • Step 4: A Technical Note
  • 02
    Week 1
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    • Work together on monologues of the participants’ own choice. Practical strategies for finding creative freedom and personal expression, when dealing with heightened language, complex and apparently archaic vocabulary, and verse. With discussion.
    • Class Recording - 9/16/2020
  • 03
    Week 2
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    • Further work on the initial monologues, and on selected shared texts, to show that what may seem to be challenges are in fact creative opportunities. With discussion.
    • Class Recording - 9/23/2020
  • 04
    Week 3
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    • Work on further monologues and/or scenes, as assigned and as appropriate. With discussion.
    • Class Recording - 9/30/2020
  • 05
    Week 4
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    • Continued work on further monologues and/or scenes, as assigned and as appropriate. With discussion. Closure and course summary.
    • Hermione and Lucrece
    • Class Recording - 10/7/2020
  • 06
    Week 5
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    • Work on second monologues and/or assigned scenes, as appropriate.
    • Class Recording - 10/14/20
  • 07
    Week 6
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    • Summative
    • Class Recording - 10/21/20


“Rob Clare has a profoundly intimate relationship with Shakespeare's characters. They feel like family.”

Tony Award winner

Liev Schreiber

“Rob Clare gives creative freedom to every actor in the room. A real gem!”

Founder, The Lucid Body, and Associate Professor, NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Fay Simpson

“Do you want to appreciate the text on a granular level?  Would you like to rock out, while holding a madrigal in your heart?  All this can be yours if you study with Rob!  So do it!  You will not be sorry!”

Tony Award winner

Frank Wood


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A special thanks to

Production photographs above are taken from Troilus and Cressida, February 2020, UCLA, Rob’s most recent work as a director. Photography, Michael Lamont Scenic Designer, Keo Lacebal Lighting, Xotchil Muser Costumes, Haley Silver