Translating Shakespeare, A Guidebook for Young Actors

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For actors both young and old, the prospect of preparing to perform a Shakespearean role can be intimidating...even terrifying! "Translating Shakespeare" seeks to make the actor's preparatory work on the Bard's plays both stimulating and fun by de-mystifying the experience. It offers step-by-step explanations of the fundamental processes involved in creative preparation: comparing edited texts, analyzing verse rhythms, identifying antitheses, and most importantly, helping the actor to find his or her own personal key to unlock the plays' contexts and circumstances in inspiring way. Offering many specific examples from the plays in each chapter to illustrate the topics covered, the book concludes with detailed approaches to six Shakespearean scenes, applying all of the work covered in earlier chapters to a practical rehearsal approach.

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An innovative teacher who is equally qualified to teach and direct Shakespeare, Pinter, or Sondheim.
--Victoria Clark, Tony Award winner for The Light in the Piazza

David teaches young actors to explore through language, to experience the word and clarity of thought, to inform this thing called "acting". His text-based focus is not mired in the emotional, his work is always anchored in the text. David's students learn tools to meet the great classical texts freely and confidently.
--Kelly McEvenue, movement coach of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Ontario, and author of The Actor and the Alexander Technique

David unlocks classical texts and makes them personal and accessible. I cannot imagine a better author to help the young, modern actor relate to Shakespeare.
--Michael McMillian, actor in HBO's series, True Blood

There are few with his knowledge of the history, technique, and practical application of Shakespearean verse. He is a master teacher.
--Nick Westrate, NY Drama Desk Award Winning Actor 

About the Author:

David Montee was formerly the Director of Theatre at the Interlochen Center for the Arts for 21 years and has directed and acted in over 150 stage productions. During the past three decades, he has directed and performed in over half of the Shakespeare canon. Dr. Montee has received educational awards from every institution at which he has taught. Many of his former students have performed over their subsequent professional careers in featured roles on television, in films, on Broadway, and stage companies throughout the U.S. and internationally, including Public Theatre's Shakespeare in Central Park series at the Delacorte Theatre, the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, the Seattle Repetory Theatre, the Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company venues in both London and Stratford.

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