Workshop 4: Shakespeare Theatre Needs Francophone Actors

Schedule / Horaire

Tuesday 22 April 2014, 15h30-17h30.

Room: V106B.

Leader / Organisatrice

Christine Farenc (France) Christine Farenc is an actress, director and drama teacher. She holds a PhD in theatre studies from the University Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she has directed several workshops dedicated to “Acting Shakespeare” in English. She now teaches at the University Paris 8 – Vincennes, Ecole Supérieure d’Art Dramatique de Paris and SciencesPo Paris. Her research focuses on the English and French drama repertoire, an interdisciplinary approach to acting and actors’ status, the question of artistic education as well as teaching English as a foreign language through theatre.


Acting Shakespeare requires a physicality that is rooted in the English language. This workshop will enable the participants to explore the possibilities of embodying the veiled latin and francophone parts of Shakespeare’s English. Our exploration will be two-fold. First, specific warm-up exercises related to the iambic pentameter —the Shakespearian verse — will help the participants to begin to understand what is often referred to as the “iambic code”, which is key to playing Shakespeare. Secondly, participants will be able to put these principles into action with short extracts from the author’s works.