10-day Overseas Workshops

on historic Shakespeare sites

 

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OSC, Oxford Shakespeare Company - New York City Shakespeare acting classes - Study Shakespeare acting in New York City - Private Shakespeare coaching - Shakespeare audition and monologue preparation - Learn American and British theatre technique - train in Kristin Linklater, Patsy Rodenburg, Cicely Berry, Laban technique, Viewpoints, John Barton, RADA, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art - RSC, Royal Shakespeare Company - Study and perform Shakespearean acting in Tribeca - Shakespeare Acting Master Classes in New York City and in London with RADA and RSC stars - Shakespeare acting lessons in NYC - Free Classes - Classical training -  Study Shakespeare acting - Learn and perform Shakespeare - Best Shakespeare lessons in New York - Class reviews - Ron Song Destro - Shakespeare theatre - classical Shakespeare theater and training - Shakespeare Slam in Stratford-upon-Avon - Perform Shakespeare in New York City, London, Stratford-upon-Avon - Kevin Spacey, F Murray Abraham, Sir Derek Jacobi, Ron Song Destro, Michael York - Shakespeare Authorship Question - Florida Shakespeare Festival.

COMMENTS ON OUR U.K. PRODUCTIONS:


“What a great pleasure it was to see you perform ‘The Dream’ outside in the theatre gardens. It was really good: the actors were inhabiting the language so truthfully, and finding the nuances and wit therein: it was very moving – and everyone loved it. I hope you will come again... Brilliant!”

- Cicely Berry, voice director,

Royal Shakespeare Company.


"I saw two OSC productions - Twelfth Night and As You Like It - in London's Hyde Park on consecutive years and found them both delightful. The presentations were beautifully clear and with no sense of strain in the outdoor environment, and the cast was so compelling that passers-by were drawn into staying and enjoying a Shakespeare play when they had clearly been originally intent on going somewhere else. Tremendous." - Brian Stirner, RADA, BBC Shakespeare.

“I have been a friend of Ron Destro for some time, and can confirm his great gifts as a writer, director and educator.”

  1. -award-

  2. -winning

  3. -actor

  4. -Michael

  5. -York

Recent Participant Comments:


“Our England adventure remains one of my favorite theatre experiences to date... What you do is very cool!” - Mary D.


“I have to admit that I was somewhat skeptical that I could learn a great deal from anyone - even the best teachers - in a mere 2 hours, but I was wrong. I learned a great deal. Much thanks.”  - Charles B.


“London was amazing and Stratford mesmerizing. Just sitting at the ‘feet’ of the Masters was thoroughly amazing. I would love to join you again.”  - Sarah A.


“It was truly a once in a lifetime experience I will always cherish.”  - Alex K.


“This week with the Oxford Shakespeare Company has been the best week of my life. It is the only opportunity I know of where there is a collaboration of UK and US actors and believe that working with actors from other parts of the world has broadened my perspective of how you can approach Shakespeare, making the collaboration, in my opinion, a very strong part of the course’s success. Ron allows you to explore the text and the role you have been given, but also allows other directors and industry professionals to pull you in other directions in more detail, encouraging you to play, investigate and think.  I have loved every single moment and feel honoured to have worked with so many talented and genuine people who all share the same passion that is Theatre. I would recommend this experience to anyone and will remember this week for the rest of my life.” - Emma F.


“One of the most amazing adventures I have ever been on! It was lovely to perform with such a diverse and amazing bunch of actors! And of course... the fantastic director Ron, who was great throughout! If who ever is reading this is thinking about taking part, my advice to you is GO FOR IT, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will stay with you forever!”   - Mia N.


“And now I’m [back] in London. I just did a 4-day course at The Poor School. They offered me a place in their two-year training... and I must credit your teaching and thank you.”                       

- Ronald L.


“a really wonderful group of people...really great group... could not have picked a better group... such a group of kind and talented people...”


“Thank you for the wonderful experience! I’d do it again in a heartbeat!”      - William F.

RICHARD III

on Bosworth Field, UK

HAMLET

Stratford-on-Avon, UK

VOICE CLASS

w RSC Voice Director

CICELY BERRY

HENRY V

Azincourt battlefield, France

MACBETH

Birnam Wood, Scotland

SONNETS CLASS

w RSC Founding Director

JOHN BARTON

OSC

director

RON

SONG

DESTRO

is a Kennedy Center award-winning playwright, director and actor, who has staged more than 30 Shakespeare plays in London, NYC and Stratford-on-Avon. He has trained with RSC and RADA artists, with television legend Lucille Ball, and his

mentors include Cicely Berry,

Kristin Linklater, John Houseman

& John Barton, with whom

he has trained privately.

Tommie Grabiec &

Katie Moore in Macbeth

Julia McIlvaine

Bill Hargenrader

Jack Nall

Sarah Parsons

Rachele Fregonese

Nikki Chawla

Adam Glatzl

JJ Caruncho, Sophie Vanier

Nikki Chawla

Mina Acebal

Cicely Berry

Ron Song Destro

John Barton

Danny Steele

rehearses Richard III

Brittany Jo Sowards & Michael Fletcher Tester as Titania & Oberon

Justin R Waldo as Oberon

Michael York as Michael York

Ron Song Destro

“I saw Ron Destro's production of Twelfth Night on a rainy blustery day in Hyde Park London.  The audience was small and the cast very wet.  There was something about the single-minded way these young actors stuck to their task despite the conditions that made the world they were creating seem very real.  It was as if the very incongruity of the event made you look twice and convinced you that it was real.  Either these people were insane or what they were doing was very true.  They were creating an actual world in a place where that world should not have existed.  Thinking about it afterwards I realised it was not only the courage of the actors that had made this possible, it was the integrity at the heart of the production itself; the relationships, the story, the various subtexts were all strong enough to survive whatever was thrown at them.  I can honestly say it was one of the strangest and most memorable theatrical experiences I've ever had.”

- Malcolm McKay, writer and Director

(Shakespeare’s Globe, RADA).

Azincourt longbow specialist

Patrick Fenet.

The OSC was honored to be the first ever actors to perform Shakespeare’s Henry V  on the Azincourt battlefield


We dedicated our performances to all souls lost there, British and French.


2015 marks the 600th anniversary of

the Battle of Azincourt.

Malcolm McKay

Ron Song Destro

Maria de Vries as Touchstone

Megan Merrick as Corin

Richard Scofield as Bottom

Carla Birkhofer as Thisbe

Emma Fitchett as Lady Anne

& Ahmed al-Gendy as Richard III

Matthew Domenico, Andrew James Gordon & Mia Norton in Richard III

Ahmed al-Gendy as Richard III

Rachele Fregonese as Queen Margaret

Tommie Grabiec &

Abra Segerson in Macbeth

Caity Mullen, JJ Caruncho in Hamlet

AUDITIONS FOR UK ACTORS:

The OSC workshops are open to union and non-union actors throughout the world.

Actors are asked to video a one-two minute monologue in verse from ANY Shakespeare play.  Then send a link to the video (uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, etc) or send the video to Destro@OSCtheatre.org. Audition deadline:  There is no deadline, but as videos are received they are evaluated and role offers sent out, so the sooner the better.


You should also email your resume, picture and roles desired (not a guarantee, of course, but helpful for us). Women should include male and female roles since women are often cast in male roles.


If you are accepted, you will receive a role offer. If you accept, you will send in the OSC workshop fee. Since actors travel from all over the world, each arranges their own air travel and accommodation. The OSC often arranges an optional hotel package for those interested. 


Training.

The OSC mission is to teach actors how to master the performance of a Shakespeare play.  To that end, actors participate in voice, movement and text exercises mostly developed by artists at RADA and the RSC.  Additional master classes are planned with renowned actors and directors, as well.


In very rare instances, a master class may be modified or cancelled since we employ working artists who are at the mercy of ever-changing schedules.


Bring a Friend.

If you’d like to bring a friend or family, that option is available.



  1. *The fee is non-refundable unless the actor can find a substitute to take his/her place in the workshop. It is unlikely, but please note that the trip, class and program itinerary may be subject to change. When the work or performances are scheduled for outdoors, the venues and the town reserve the right to change the performance location. Please note that agreeing to participate in OSC events implies consent to use your likeness in OSC promotional photos, website, videos and OSC documentary.

OUR NEW & REDESIGNED 10-day

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS

UK Actors Read Below.

Each year the New York-based Oxford Shakespeare Company chooses 2 or 3 Shakespeare classics to be taught and performed in historic site-specific cities throughout the world.


Actors (union & non-union) from across the US, Canada, UK and EU submit a video audition to the OSC. Those accepted are offered a role in the play, and provide a workshop fee for the training and master classes.


Lines are learnt before the workshops begin. On the starting date, actors meet in the designated city for training and rehearsals. At the end of the week, performances are given.


There are 2 different casts, and ALL actors perform at EACH venue at least once, as we do 2 back-to-back free public performances. Plays may be cut to run 90-120 minutes. Some workshop video or photos may be used for OSC advertising, websites, or documentary.

MASTER CLASSES

are often planned with

former RADA Instructor

MALCOLM MCKAY

who has directed at

Shakespeare’s Globe

and has taught

Kenneth Branagh, Fiona Shaw,

Mark Rylance, Ralph Fiennes,

etc.

“I have known Ron Destro and the OSC for many years, have participated in several master classes, and highly recommend them. Ron is one of the most dedicated theatre men I’ve ever known.”

  1. -Oscar-winner F Murray Abraham

What is new?


  1. -our workshops have been increased to at least 6 training days.

  2. -while one cast is working on the play with the director, the other cast is working on training and acting exercises with a master class instructor, allowing for more time for training.

  3. -more master classes are offered per workshop.

  4. -more performances have been added.

  5. -actor selection is now more competitive.

Our Next Workshop plans:

Macbeth  in Edinburgh & Birnam Wood, Scotland

A Comedy of Errors London & Stratford-upon-Avon

As You Like It  Paris & Ardennes Forest

Hamlet Elsinore Castle

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING AUDITION VIDEOS FOR

MACBETH

JUNE 4-14, 2018

Rehearse in Edinburgh

Perform in Edinburgh & in historic Birnam Wood.

click here to see schedule details.