July 12-14, 2019


The actor who can perform the classics with confidence — who can meet the technical demands of classical dramatic texts — can perform anything. Shakespeare requires of actors immense intellectual curiosity, great physical athleticism, strong vocal production, and deep emotional availability.

Join Scott Westerman ( July 12-14, 2019 for a Classical Acting intensive at the Red Barn Learning Center. Participants have an opportunity to prepare and perform monologues and scenes from the works of William Shakespeare while receiving individualized coaching and instruction. On the final day of the retreat, a stage combat sword fighting workshop led by David Blixt ( will be offered.

Red Barn is about three hours away from Chicago, near Three Rivers, Michigan. The grounds cover 90 acres, mostly prairie, some forest, and there are miles of walking trails and outrageous natural beauty. In this rustic setting, the house has three bedrooms, two living rooms, a kitchen, a fireplace, three bathrooms, two showers, a washer/dryer, a screened-in porch, an enormous deck overlooking a gorgeous valley, a firepit, a hammock, and many couches and tables and desks for writing and working. Sleeping arrangements include shared rooms and beds for ten people.

The cost for this inaugural and prototypical three-day intensive is $400, to be collected after acceptance and before the retreat. This will cover, among other things, most of your meals, a cleaning service, the services of our land manager, swords, and instructors’ time.

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By Christopher Hampton

from the novel by Choderlos De laclos

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