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Schedule | Zoom Classes | Tuesdays from 1-3pm EST

*Class will be recorded - if you need to miss one class you can catch up*


  • July 7

  • July 14

  • July 21

  • July 28

  • August 4


Daily Exercise Videos  | Rodenburg Warm-Ups | Physical, Breath, Voice


  • 35 minute version

  • 20 minute version

  • 15 minute pre-show warmup


Shakespeare Jam | Class 5 | Tuesday August 4th 1-3pm EST


  • Perform a monologue for class members

  • Workshop issues in contemporary performance

  • Option for this to be an invited Zoom performance


Facebook Group | Support | Homework

In between classes you will be getting both support and homework


  • Daily accountability thread - post about your daily physical and vocal work

  • Weekly Homework - post one video of yourself doing an exercise or monologue

  • You will get one video each week from Erin with feedback on your posted exercise or monologue


30 Minute Private Consult | Zoom 


  • One 30 minute private consultation with Erin during the course



Weekly Class Breakdown


We will be doing a deep-dive into Patsy Rodenburg’s presence and text work. You will leave class with lifelong tools for understanding and playing Shakespeare AND an embodied understanding of how visceral, powerful, and exciting Shakespeare’s text can be.


*You will be working on monologues in verse throughout class - either one you choose or one assigned by Erin*



Presence: The Physical, Vocal, and Energetic Requirements of Shakespeare

  • Intro to Patsy Rodenburg’s circles of energy: First Circle, Second Circle and Third Circle

  • The Present Body - physical, breath, and vocal warmups - breath support and freeing your voice

  • Trusting the text - everything you need to know is in the text

Individual work on exercises and text



Forms in the Text Part 1: The Foundations

  • Iambic

  • Word: Rhythm

  • Word: Sound = Sense

  • Verse and Prose

Individual work on text



Forms in the Text Part 2: The Structure

  • Thought

  • Sequential thought

  • Verse Line

  • Rhetoric, Antithesis, Repetition

Individual work on text



Content: Imaginative and Emotional Connection to Heightened Text

  • Embodying the words  and owning everything you say

  • Meeting the words as yourself, as the character

  • How to do research that informs you as an actor

  • Making Shakespeare immediate and deeply personal

Individual work on text



Shakespeare Jam

Perform your monologue for your classmates and/or invited zoom audience

  • Issues in performance

  • How to do deeply connected classical work in a “contemporary” environment

  • How to show up to rehearsal day one

  • Taking direction while maintaining the integrity of the text and your connection to the work





Price: $375 or pay what you can

Please get in touch with me if you need the pay what you can option, or if you need to pay in several payments -


I know that many artists are going through financial difficulties right now. And I am committed to making this class available to everyone who wants to be a part of it! If you feel strongly about being in the class but money is an issue, please email me.

Testimonials from May's Online Intensive:

"Erin is an approachable expert who gives generously of her time and talent. Her love for what she does is contagious as is her ability to convey the importance of Shakespeare's text and our responsibility as actors to deliver it with simplicity and presence."  Erin Roy 

“Erin has an in-depth knowledge and passion for the work of Shakespeare. This is a very concise well-organized class that will suit someone new to Shakespeare or someone who already has experience.” James Pravasilis

“Erin is a well of knowledge in respect to Shakespeare and the accompanying Second Circle work! I came into the intensive as a relative newbie and left with a newfound respect AND confidence to explore further. Her enthusiasm combined with clarity of instruction and guidance provide a wonderful space for growth and a continued learning experience well past the workshop end.” Brian B

“I recommend this class to anyone who wishes to explore the work of Shakespeare in a meaningful way. Questions are encouraged in class, and the time allowed each participant is generous. One is able to go deep with the action of the work, because the meaning of the language is made clear. The energy, at all times, is light and receptive, and the instructor shapes performance and discourse in such way that there is no whiff of judgementalism whatsoever. I absolutely recommend Erin Roth as a teacher and I absolutely recommend the class.” Elisabeth Henry

“I have been fortunate enough to both take Erin’s Shakespeare Intensive class and work one-on-one with Erin on Voice work. As an actor I have worked with other voice teachers, but it was working with Erin that finally taught me how to achieve a clear, non-forced voice that can carry me through weeks of performing without strain. Her Shakespeare class made his text come alive in all its beauty and clear specificity.”

“Erin is an excellent teacher. Her passion for Shakespeare is contagious, and she is generous with her time, talent, and feedback. It's This class helped me breathe fully again. Thanks for everything, Erin!” Austin R

Erin’s approach to teaching is so giving and passionate. She gives you the tools you need to make discoveries about Shakespeare and the text. Erin is so approachable and welcoming, taking all questions and answering them in depth, and providing every student their own time. I recommend this class to anyone, no matter your knowledge of Shakespeare.” Courtnie Harrington

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