Auditioning for Shakespeare

Shakespeare Unlimited: Episode 39

Laura Wayth confesses that she’s never read any of Shakespeare’s plays. But she’s listened to the plays performed over and over, and it’s her keen ear that informs her advice to actors in this episode of Shakespeare Unlimited.
Wayth is Assistant Professor of Theatre at San Francisco State University and the author of a “how-to” book called The Shakespeare Audition: How to Get Over Your Fear, Find the Right Piece, and Have a Great Audition.
In this episode, she demonstrates how actors can learn to read Shakespeare’s verse so that they understand the rhythm of each line, the importance of punctuation, and the way that one piece of text should vocally build upon another.
Wayth was interviewed by Neva Grant, and she was joined by actors Stephanie Ann Foster, Mike Ryan, and Bruce Avery.

From the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast series. © January 12, 2016. Folger Shakespeare Library. All rights reserved.
"A Poor Player That Struts and Frets His Hour Upon the Stage" was produced by Richard Paul. Garland Scott is the associate producer. It was edited by Gail Kern Paster and Esther Ferington.
We had help from Melissa Marquis at NPR in Washington and Darren Peck at the Sports By Line studios in San Francisco.