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SXSW Film 2015

Alfred Molina's Shakespeare Workshop for Everyone

Hosted by the highly regarded, award-winning actor Alfred Molina, this session is dedicated to performing Shakespeare.

Bring any piece of Shakespeare (song, sonnet, line, monologue) that is 2 minutes or less and immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Text must be memorized and a hard copy brought for Mr. Molina. One piece per performer. The moderator will time you so remember, "Brevity is the Soul of Wit".

Mr. Molina will lead an in-depth and interactive seminar on Shakespeare. Taking questions from the audience while directing, he will explore audition etiquette & approaches to enrich the Shakespeare text as well as provide advice on how to choose a monologue for your type and skill level. Mastering a Shakespeare monologue is a great way to enhance your repertoire, show your range & exercise your handle of the language. Every year filmmakers embark upon modern interpretations of these classic stories. All of the methods Alfred teaches can be applied to any text.

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  1. Am I interpreting the text correctly?
  2. How do I find the truth in the text?
  3. Does Alfred Molina approach classical pieces differently than modern day movies?
  4. What are some successful methods for memorizing difficult or long monologues?
  5. How does text inform character development?



Jesse Bush, Conversations Program Director, SAG Foundation

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  • Event: Film
  • Format: Workshop
  • Track: Casting
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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