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IAP 2015 Activities by Sponsor - Shakespeare Ensemble

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24 Hour Show

Shakespeare Ensemble

Add to Calendar Jan/10 Sat 08:00PM-09:00PM Mezzanine Lounge W20

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

Once again, with little pomp and much revelry, the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble embarks on a mission to create a one-of-a-kind, never-before-created show. The catch? They have 24 hours to do it. The writing begins at 8 PM on Friday, January 9th. Then follows the chaos of casting, teching, building, and rehearsing, before you, our audience, come to see the result at 8 PM on Saturday, January 10th, in Mezzanine Lounge (W20-307). All are invited. Admission is free. Sides are sure to split.

If you would like to be involved as an actor or a techie, email for more details. If you would like to watch the play, just show up at 8 PM on Saturday! No reservations required.

Sponsor(s): Shakespeare Ensemble
Contact: Shakespeare Ensemble,

How to Audition Workshop [NEW TIME]

Kortney Adams, Actress

Add to Calendar Jan/30 Fri 10:00AM-12:30PM 1-150

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up

Thinking of auditioning with one of MIT's theater groups this spring? Want a bit of practice and feedback beforehand? In this workshop, Kortney Adams, an MIT alum and professional actress, will help you perfect your auditioning skills to land the part you've always wanted. The workshop will focus on Shakespearean auditions and student theater productions, but will also apply to other acting opportunities.

Please bring a short selection of Shakespearean verse, or any other text you'd like to explore. No need to have it memorized, but please be familiar with your text. 

This event has been postponed to Wednesday Jan 28 due to the blizzard.

Sponsor(s): Shakespeare Ensemble
Contact: Shakespeare Ensemble,

Stop Kiss - presented by the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble

Shakespeare Ensemble

Add to Calendar Jan/23 Fri 08:00PM-09:45PM 3-133
Add to Calendar Jan/24 Sat 08:00PM-09:45PM 3-133
Add to Calendar Jan/25 Sun 08:00PM-09:45PM 3-133

Enrollment: Unlimited: No advance sign-up
Attendance: Repeating event, particpants welcome at any session

The MIT Shakespeare Ensemble presents


Directed by Stephanie Cheng, '15

Written by Diana Son


Callie has been living in New York City for the last ten years and resigned herself to a boring job and a boring life. Sara has just moved to the City and is hoping to do some good in the world. When the two meet, there is an instant connection, and they begin to change each other for the better. Unfortunately, not everyone is accepting of their new relationship. Their first kiss provokes a violent attack, changing their lives forever.


Interested in joining our team? Email for stage managing and design opportunities. No experience required!


Stop Kiss is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

Sponsor(s): Shakespeare Ensemble
Contact: Shakespeare Ensemble,

The Shape of the Text - a Voice and Speech Workshop

Alex Orlovsky

Add to Calendar Jan/12 Mon 01:00PM-02:00PM W20-306 20 Chimneys
Add to Calendar Jan/13 Tue 01:00PM-02:00PM W20-306 20 Chimneys
Add to Calendar Jan/14 Wed 01:00PM-02:00PM W20-306 20 Chimneys

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 20 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

Pity the poor Shakespearean actor. Performing Shakespeare is hard! The language is difficult for both the audience and the actors. As an actor wouldn't you love to connect directly with the audience, so they can capture every nuance of expression and the richness of the prose through your voice? Even if they don't have PhD's in Elizabethan English?

In our (very interactive!) workshop we'll start with the basics of voice production and cover the essentials of discovering and rendering the shape of the text. Anyone interested in acting is welcome. Prerequisites: enthusiasm and willingness to fail while attempting great things.

Presented by a founding member of the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble, a.k.a. Caliban, Course XVI.

Sign-up by emailing, using the subject line "Voice and Speech Workshop Sign-up". Please include name and MIT year/affiliation in the body of your message.

Sponsor(s): Shakespeare Ensemble
Contact: Shakespeare Ensemble,

Using Shakespeare to Reach At-Risk High School Students

Jo Ivester, Author

Add to Calendar Jan/19 Mon 10:00AM-02:30PM W20- Basement Mtg Rm, Bring a laptop to access the script

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/09
Limited to 15 participants
Prereq: none

Did you have a great time reading Shakespeare’s plays when you were in high school? If so, you were lucky. If not, you’re not alone. Generations of students have learned about Shakespeare not because they were intrigued with his plays, but because they were required to do so. In this seminar, students will explore the assumption that Shakespeare’s themes are highly relevant to today’s teenagers. Through reading and discussing The Merchant of Venice, students will identify specific techniques for encouraging high schoolers to open up about prejudice, gender roles, and parental control. In learning how to help others to appreciate the play, seminar students will themselves develop a deeper understanding.

About the Instructor: Jo Ivester is an MIT alum (class of ’77) who returns every January to serve as a mentor with MIT’s popular UPOP program. One of the early members of The Shakespeare Ensemble at MIT, Jo has co-taught classes on Shakespeare with her mother, who spent twenty years as a high school English teacher in rural Mississippi and in the inner cities of Miami and Los Angeles. Recently, Jo has authored a memoir about her mother’s early teaching career, The Outskirts of Hope, due to be released this April.


Sponsor(s): Shakespeare Ensemble
Contact: Shakespeare Ensemble Officers,