Hendiadys in Shakespeare

Hendiadys. Hendiadys is a figure of speech in which two words connected by a conjunction (usually ‘and’) are used to express a single notion that would normally be expressed by an adjective and a substantive, such as “gracious favor” in place of “grace and favor.” It stems from the Latin phrase “one thing by means of two” or “one through … Read More

When to use You vs Thou

plays of Shakespeare

You vs Thou Close readers of the plays of Shakespeare will have noted that characters will often address others using either you or thou. The employment and differentiation of you and thou are still in use in French, Italian, and Spanish. The words in translation are also used in the speaking of German. Examples of You vs Thou: Further, individuals … Read More


Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App

References Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App: Abbott, E. A. A Shakespearian Grammar. New York: Dover Publications, 1966. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 3rd Edition. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1992. Allen, W. Sidney. Vax Latina. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1965. Attridge, Derek. Poetic Rhythm: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995. Barton, John. Playing Shakespeare. London and New York: Methuen, … Read More

Advanced Class Begins Shakespeare Monologues

Shakespeare's monologues

The Advanced Class in my private Voice and Speech program is working on their first Shakespeare monologues. We finished a series of scanning exercises. These included discussions about short verse lines, long verse lines and shared verse lines. Also it contains epic caesuras, elisions, stretching a word, and acting on the verse line. Now the challenge is to use all … Read More

Creating the Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App

Audio Shakespeare Dictionary App

The Creating of Audio Shakespeare Dictionary App The process of recording over 5000 words for the Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App presented numerous challenges. The first attempt at recording was in less than ideal circumstances – my apartment with my iPad and a Snowball microphone. The apartment seemed to be quiet until we listened to the words. As we listened, the … Read More

Production of Hamlet in O.P.

Hamlet in O.P./Hendiadys

Hamlet in O.P.: Original Pronunciation Rehearsals of Hamlet in O.P. proved revelatory, and the students initiated a blog to track their discoveries. New wordplay emerged from a text with which the directors were thoroughly familiar. The personalities of the characters attained greater contours than they would have in either Standard American or in R.P. (Received Pronunciation, or what used to … Read More

Royal Shakespeare Company’s Recent Production of “King and Country”

King and Country

King and Country The Royal Shakespeare Company recently finished a run of “King and Country” a series of four of Shakespeare’s history plays performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The opportunity to see “Richard II”, “Henry IV” (Parts 1 and 2) and “Henry V” does not come along very often. The RSC’s new (since 2013) Artistic Director is Gregory … Read More

“All’s Well That Ends Well” using the Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App

All’s Well that Ends Well

“All’s Well that Ends Well” Recently I was working on a production of “All’s Well that Ends Well” for the Graduate Acting Program at NYU. Because I had taught the students for two years, they were familiar with my voice and speech work. Therefore the students knew how to incorporate our classroom work into the production. During the Third Year, … Read More

Acting students use the Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App

Shakespeare audio pronunciation

The Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App. My First Year students in the Graduate Acting Program at NYU have been very enthusiastic about using the Audio Shakespeare Pronunciation App. It is very useful as they rehearse their First Year Shakespeare projects. Half of the class is working on “Hamlet” and the other half is rehearsing “Macbeth”. These projects are the culmination of … Read More

O.P. Experience At The Classical Studio

Learning Original Pronunciation Shakespeare’s work is so relevant to modern life.  Although, what theater-maker hasn’t fantasized about getting a glimpse of what an original production of these plays sounded like? This year, The Classical Studio took a step towards expanding the “original practices” movement by learning O.P. (Original Pronunciation) in preparation for the Studio’s production of Hamlet this past spring. O.P. is … Read More