“Free Will Shakespeare” Workshop to be led by Dougfred Miller


The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival, in collaboration with Ensemble Theatre, is pleased to offer “Free Will Shakespeare,” a three-session workshop designed by Great Lakes Theatre actor Dougfred Miller, to free your delivery of Shakespearean verse from the bonds of ink & paper by furthering your ability to find and realize the tempestuous action from its various clues. We will cover such things as:

  • Readiness & conditioning.
  • Meter: why bother?
  • Letting the imagery do the work for us.
  • Where we all fit within the Great Chain of Being.

This workshop is ideally suited for anyone looking to expand their ability to (or assuage their fear of) speaking verse, or participate in Great Lakes Theater’s upcoming auditions in September.

Having a monologue in verse from Shakespeare (or a contemporary) is strongly recommended, though it does not have to be memorized for the first class. A hardcopy of the monologue is a good idea; wearing flip-flops is a bad one.

Dougfred Miller, Great Lakes Theater actor and educator, will lead the sessionDougfred Miller is an actor with more than 25 years professional experience in classical theatre, in a career that has spanned the continent and canon. As a company member of the Great Lakes Theater, he has played a variety of Shakespeare’s great roles, including Cassius, Jaques, Macbeth, and most recently Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing. For many other theatres and Shakespeare Festivals, his work includes Richard III, Prince Hal, Benedick and Prospero. He can currently be seen as King Arthur in the Beck Center’s production of Spamalot. Doug is a graduate of the University of Delaware’s PTTP and a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
When: 3 Monday evenings: August 19, August 26, and September 9 (no class on September 2nd Labor Day).

Where:  Ensemble Theatre at the Coventry Commons (Old Coventry School) 2843 Washington Boulevard, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

Investment: $60

Questions:  E-mail education@cleveshakes.org

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