Playing Shakespeare: Scene Study

Presented by Harris Yulin

Harris Yulin, prolific actor/director of stage and screen, leads this special series of Shakespeare scene study workshops for professional performers seeking to develop or sharpen their skills for acting Shakespeare.

Rehearsed scenes from the works of Shakespeare are presented in class for critique and development. The primary emphasis is on clarity, which should result in an ease of passage of the text from actor to audience. Along the way, if we can accomplish what we set out to do, we should see (and be astonished by) how Shakespeare does it.

Scene partners and texts will be assigned in class. As many scenes as time allows will be presented each week. For the deepest dive into the work, the full 10 weeks (Part A & B) are recommended, although participants are invited to join either part separately. 

For the first day of class, students should prepare a Shakespeare monologue, sonnet, or section of one of the long poems.

Harris Yulin is well-known to audiences of theater, film and TV alike. Broadway appearances include HEDDA GABLER, THE PRICE, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, among others. Off-Broadway: HAMLET (three times) Richard Nelson’s FRANK’S HOME and Steve Tesich’s ARTS AND LEISURE (Playwrights Horizons), Lanford Wilson’s RAINDANCE at the Signature Theatre, and recently HAMLET at CSC and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF at the Chautauqua Festival.

On film, Yulin has appeared in SCARFACE (Brian de Palma), MULTIPLICITY (Harold Ramis) and most recently, ALL SQUARE (John Hyams), WANDERLAND (Josh Klausner), THE SOUNDING (Catherine Earton), NORMAN (Joseph Cedar), THE FAMILY FANG (Jason Bateman) among many more. Recent TV appearances include OZARK, THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, BILLIONS, FOR THE PEOPLE, HBO’s DIVORCE and I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE. Yulin has been seen in many other TV movies and guest star appearances.

Yulin taught at the Juilliard School for 8 years, concentrating for the last few years on Shakespeare, and taught at Columbia University in 2019.