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“Bringing Shakespeare’s Words to Life” – A Free Panel Discussion on Acting shakespeare news The Shakespeare Standard shakespeare plays list play shakespeare

Join us for a lively conversation about how to act this Shakespeare stuff!

  • Sunday, March 1st at 2:00 pm
  • Mission Valley Library
    2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92108 (click for map)

Topics to include:

  • Rehearsing Shakespeare
  • Character motivations
  • Voice training
  • Verse and Prose
  • Transporting the time and place of the plays
  • Versions of the plays


Ray Chambers has worked as an actor and director with numerous regional theaters across the country since first training with The Old Globe in the mid-‘80s. For nearly two decades as an Associate Artist with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Chambers has worked as an actor, director, writer, instructor and served as Director of the Master of Fine Arts/Professional Actor Training Program at ASF from 2001 to 2009. His regional acting credits include title roles in Hamlet, The Count of Monte Cristo, Richard III, Coriolanus, King John, Henry V and Tartuffe and leading roles in Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale, The Rivals, Henry IV, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Great Expectations, The Importance of Being Earnest and Saint Joan, among many others. He is Head of Acting in the Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

Ruff Yeager

Ruff Yeager is a Professor of Theatre Arts at Southwestern College where he is currently in rehearsals for “Romeo and Juliet” – his 25th production at the college. He is a founder of The Roustabouts Theatre Company and Artistic Director of the annual Plays by Young Writers festival for Playwrights Project. Among his San Diego regional directing credits are Diversionary Theatre, Intrepid Theatre Company, and Scripps Ranch Theatre. San Diego Theatre Critics Circle has honored him twice with nominations for the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play. He won the award for his original play, “Bronze”.

Charlie Riendeau

Charlie Riendeau was the Assistant Director for the two Shakespeare Festivals at The Old Globe and for the first two Educational tours. Charlie is the former Artistic Director of both the Temecula Overland Players and the Ramona Hillside Players. Charlie received his B.A. from SDSU in Theatre (graduating with distinction), his teaching credentials for elementary and secondary school from UC Riverside, and a M.A. degree in Educational administration from SDSU. He won a Patté Award for Best Actor for playing King Henry in The Lion in Winter. He also played the title role of King Lear for the Society in our staged reading last fall.

Jacquelyn Ritz

Jacquelyn Ritz is an actor and director calling San Diego home since 2010. Shakespeare highlights include a season with Barto Shakespeare Chicago, People’s Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Intrepid Shakespeare. Regionally, she has performed at Goodman Theatre, Northlight, Royal George, Apollo, Drury Lane, Marriott Lincolnshire, Peninsula Players, Milwaukee Repertory, Asolo Center, and the Kennedy Center in Sondheim’s Bounce (dir. Harold Prince).

Acting Students, performing scenes from Romeo and Juliet, include:

  • Jaden Guerrero (Romeo)
  • Sasha Aguirre (Juliet)
  • Gabrielle Flanders (Benvolio)
  • Marcel Ferrin (Mercutio)
  • Mark Pinter (Friar Laurence)
  • Cassandra Garcia (Nurse)

Moderated by Nathan Agin. In addition to his marketing work for the Shakespeare Society, Nathan is a lifelong student of Shakespeare’s work. He has performed the title role in Richard III (Fury Theatre, Chicago), and had leading roles in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Kingsmen Shakespeare, Thousand Oaks) and Measure for Measure (Antaeus Academy, LA). His studies of Shakespeare and classical acting include a BA with the University of Southern California and with The Antaeus Company in Los Angeles.

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