Montague Shakespeare Festival ZOOM Workshop: Sonnet Sessions

Montague Shakespeare Festival ZOOM Workshop: Sonnet Sessions

Saturday, March 16, 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
The Art of Speaking Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Registration Required. Participants must be 18+.

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Sonnet Sessions: The Art of Speaking Shakespeare’s Sonnets (Zoom)

Sat - March 16 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Dive into the eloquence and emotional depth of Shakespeare’s sonnets with our “Sonnet Sessions: The Art of Speaking Shakespeare’s Sonnets” workshop. Guided by the Nia Lynn voice and text coach for The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon), this 2-hour interactive Zoom live online session is a gateway to exploring the richness of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets, each a universe of emotions and expressions waiting to be unlocked and made your own.

Nia’s workshop is an invitation to both seasoned Shakespeare lovers and newcomers to experience the sonnets as living, breathing pieces of art that speak to the human condition across the ages. Join us to make Shakespeare’s sonnets your own, discovering your unique voice within his enduring poetry.

In this live Zoom workshop, you’ll discover:

Diverse Themes and Emotions: With themes ranging from love to betrayal, joy to sorrow, and everything in between, you’ll get to explore sonnets that resonate with your own life experiences, learning to express them in a way that’s deeply personal and impactful.

Interactive Learning: Choose to actively participate or simply observe as Nia Lynn delves into the sonnets. This interactive learning experience allows you to interact with the text and her in real-time and receive personalized feedback if you choose to speak.

Understanding Sonnet Structure: Unlock the secrets of Shakespeare’s sonnet structure, understanding how the rhyme scheme, meter, and thematic shifts enhance the emotional power of the poems.

Expressive Techniques: Learn how to use your voice to convey the myriad emotions and nuances within the sonnets, making them come alive for your audience, whether you’re speaking to a crowd or simply enjoying the sonnets for yourself.

A Sonnet up Your Sleeve: By the end of the session, you won’t just have a sonnet to memorize – you’ll possess a deeper understanding and connection to the text, enabling you to imbue it with your own personal flair and emotions. This workshop goes beyond mere recitation. It’s about making the sonnet resonate with your own experiences, perspectives, and voice. You’ll learn how to dissect the sonnet’s themes, language, and emotions, transforming it into a piece that’s uniquely yours. Armed with these skills, you’ll be equipped to select any sonnet and understand how to make it your own. It won’t be just reciting words but a story you will tell with your personal touch and interpretation.

Community Engagement: Engage with a community of fellow Shakespeare enthusiasts, sharing insights, discoveries, and the sheer joy of bringing Shakespeare’s words to life.

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!