From Library Journal
By exploring the mechanics of Shakespeare's writing, these books clearly illustrate how to speak and understand his texts and ultimately break down the language barrier. Both cover the bard's powerful iambic pentameter and its effect on pronunciation, the irregularities that reveal the emotional and psychological state of each character, and how each word works in relation to another concerning prose, verse, blank verse, and rhyming verse. Scheeder, founder and director of the Classical Studio at New York University, and Younts, professor of the techniques of voice and text at the same institution, present a highly useful pronunciation dictionary, supplemented by a glossary that defines character names, places, and unfamiliar words. They use the International Phonetics Alphabet, respell vowels in their key to pronunciation, and intricately mark in scansion each word. When a word can be pronounced two different ways, they indicate both followed by the play, the act, and the scene in which each form is used. Rodenburg, director of voice at London's Royal National Theatre, divides her training guide into four parts, offering practical exercises that aid in comprehending the speeches that define a character's mental state and intentions. Her book uses two guideposts: the givens (including the word, the line, rhyme, and the story) and the imaginative connections necessary to make a piece engaging to both the actor and the audience. Many books exist to help actors approach Shakespeare's works, but they tend toward more general overviews. Both of these books are rich with information and nicely focused. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries. Elizabeth Stifter, Brooklyn, NY
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About the Author
Louis Scheeder is founder and director of the Classical Studio, an advanced training program in the Department of Drama at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. He has directed plays on, off, off-off Broadway, and at regional theaters in the US and Canada. He has worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and the Folger Theatre Group. He also directs both dance and performance.
Shane Ann Younts teaches Techniques of Voice and Text classes in the Graduate Acting Department at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, specializing in the texts of Shakespeare. She also teaches and coaches actors for theater, film, and television at her Manhattan studio. She has served as Voice Consultant for Broadway, off-Broadway, and regional theater productions including The Guthrie Theater, The Public Theater and The Pearl Theatre. She previously taught at The Public Theater's Summer Shakespeare Lab, The Juilliard School (Drama Division), The American Academy of dramatic Arts, and NYU (Undergraduate Drama) in the Classical Studio.