MSF ZOOM Workshop: Mastering Verse Like A Pro

MSF ZOOM Workshop: Mastering Verse Like A Pro

Saturday, April 6, 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
In the “Mastering Verse Like a Pro” workshop, part of the Montague Shakespeare Festival, Nia Lynn offers a 2-hour session to demystify the rhythms and structures of Shakespearean verse. This workshop is designed to help participants find th

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In the “Mastering Verse Like a Pro” workshop, part of the Montague Shakespeare Festival, Nia Lynn offers a 2-hour session to demystify the rhythms and structures of Shakespearean verse. This workshop is designed to help participants find their groove in verse speaking, navigating the complexities of pentameter, trochees, prose, and blank verse.

Mastering Verse Like a Pro (Zoom)

Sat - April 6 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Embark on a journey through the rhythm and cadence of Shakespeare’s verse with our “Mastering Verse Like a Pro: Unveiling the Rhythms of Shakespeare” workshop. This 2-hour Zoom live online session, led by the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon) voice and text coach Nia Lynn, is a deep dive into the musicality of Shakespearean language, offering participants a unique opportunity to explore and master the intricacies of verse speaking.

What will you gain from this workshop?

Understanding Verse Structure: Unravel the complexities of Shakespeare’s verse, including iambic pentameter, trochees, blank verse, and more. Discover how the structure of verse enhances the emotional and rhythmic quality of the text.

Interactive Learning: Whether you choose to participate actively or observe, this workshop provides a platform to engage with Shakespeare’s verse under Nia Lynn’s expert guidance, with opportunities for real-time feedback and interaction.

Finding Your Rhythmic Voice: Learn techniques to find and harness the natural rhythm in your voice, allowing you to deliver Shakespeare’s verse with authenticity, clarity, and power, making the text resonate on a personal level.

Emotional Resonance: Delve into how the rhythms of Shakespeare’s language can evoke and amplify emotions, enabling you to connect more deeply with the material and your audience.

Practical Application: Apply what you learn by working on select pieces of Shakespearean verse, gaining the confidence and skills to approach any of Shakespeare’s works with a new perspective on verse speaking.

Building Confidence: Overcome any intimidation of Shakespeare’s language, gaining the tools and confidence to approach, interpret, and deliver his verse with ease and enjoyment.

Community Engagement: Join a group of like-minded individuals passionate about Shakespeare and eager to explore the rhythmic beauty of his works.

This workshop is ideal for actors, students, educators, and anyone interested in deepening their understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s verse. Whether you want to enhance your performance skills, deepen your literary knowledge, or simply explore the beauty of Shakespeare’s language, this workshop will provide valuable insights and practical skills. Join us to master the art of speaking Shakespeare’s verse like a pro, uncovering the rhythms that have captivated audiences for centuries.


The Montague Shakespeare Festival is envisioned by Executive Director Kenny Butler. Proceeds will benefit the Shea Theater Arts Center. This vibrant celebration of Shakespeare's work is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Shea Theater, RiverCulture, and the generous support of The Amherst Cultural Council and a Mass Cultural Council Festival Grant.

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Special thanks to the Mass Cultural Council for their vital support this year in the form of a Cultural Sector Recovery Grant for Organizations, as well as a Festivals & Projects Grant. We'd also like to thank the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for their support in the form of a Flexible Funding grant. We couldn't do this work without you!