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Judith Shakespeare Company

JSC Founder Offers Actors' Workshop

Joanne Zipay, founder and artistic director of the Judith Shakespeare Company in New York City, is offering a five-week monologue and scene workshop called “Brush Up Your Shakespeare!” on Wednesday evenings, November 7–December 12 from 7–9:30 p.m. Classes will be at Paul Michae's the Network Studios, 242 West 36th Street, third floor. The cost is $200 for the entire series.

Judith Shakespeare Company logoThe workshops offer actors an opportunity to prepare new audition material and strengthen existing audition pieces in preparation for graduate school and Shakespeare festival auditions. Actors should be prepared on the first day of the workshop to work on at least one Shakespeare monologue. Zipay may also recommend further monologues or scenes for each student at the first session. Coaching of scenes and monologues will be supplemented with warm-ups and exercises for the entire class.

Registration deadline is Nov. 2.

Zipay most recently directed the Judith Shakespeare Company's gender-blind Cymbeline and reverse-gender Two Gentlemen of Verona. She has served as director and dramaturg for numerous JSC productions, including Macbeth, which was honored with a 1996 OOBR (Off-Off-Broadway) Award, and Julius Caesar, which was featured on national television's Lifetime Live.  She also directed the Off-Broadway premiere production of Elizabeth Rex with Nicu's Spoon Theatre.

Zipay has taught, directed, and performed in the theatre for more than 30 years, and holds a master of fine arts degree from the classical acting program at the Old Globe Theatre/University of San Diego. She has studied with John Barton, Richard Easton, Cicely Berry, Patsy Rodenburg, Larry Moss, and Stella Adler, and she has taught and directed for a wide variety of programs and theaters including the Stella Adler Conservatory/NYU, the Dallas Theatre Center, the Richmond, Va., Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Collin College, the National Shakespeare Conservatory, the Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Theatre for a New Audience. She is also on the theater faculties of Pace University Manhattan and City College of New York.

For more information and a registration form, email

October 15, 2012

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