What Do People Say About the Workshop?
Joseph Siravo and The ‘Shakespeare & Beyond’ workshop have been absolutely essential for me in my career. Good actors with any level of knowledge of Shakespeare will find this workshop not only helpful and enlightening but truly transformative.
Joe’s knowledge and absolute love of Shakespeare combined with his astute ability to help you understand the text is immeasurable. All of the tools he supplies you with are applicable, whether you are working on ‘HAMLET’ or sides for an episode of ‘ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK.’
I cannot recommend this workshop enough. Joseph is truly a remarkable teacher. If you have any desire to really understand and perform Shakespeare this is the place to go!
Quite simply . . . Joe is the best! His class is a blast. His knowledge of Shakespeare’s text and world is complete.
Joe also understands how much information an actor gets from their body and teaches you how to trust that information to unlock the work.
Become best friends with the Bard, don't look back and enjoy the ride!
The ‘Shakespeare & Beyond’ workshop is one of the very best in the city. Joe really knows his stuff.
Being in his class is like sitting at the feet of a master/guru. You’ll experience how approachable and timeless Shakespeare is through Joe's teaching and expertise.
One class and you'll be hooked. Check it out!
Joe is an extraordinary teacher, and without question one of the greatest Shakespeare teachers of our generation. His knowledge of the material is, frankly, encyclopedic. You will understand after just one class that you are studying with a master.
What I most appreciate about him is the way he ‘sees’ people - he approaches every student as the singular individual that he or she is - emphasizing technique and form in one person while coaxing visceral and physical responses in another.
He has ruthless integrity, the sharpest, clearest intellect and most importantly a huge and courageous heart …study with him now!
I cherish my evenings in Joe’s Shakespeare class . . . There’s only me, my fellow journeymen and women and Joe as our guide. It offers a wonderful perspective and weekly recharge.
Joe’s encyclopedic knowledge of Shakespeare is fascinating. The work I have done in this class has absolutely helped with all aspects of my acting life.
The ‘Shakespeare & Beyond’ workshop removes ALL fear out of speaking Shakespeare’s language.
Joe’s work will unlock your instrument through the text by giving you a clear understanding of the Elizabethan time, phrasing, etymology of the words, and most importantly, ‘what the hell is going on and what am I saying?!’
This technique will help you with ANY text and is directly applicable to booking work as a professional actor.
Joe’s decades of experience as an actor, director and teacher make him keenly aware of how to help actors bring out their utmost potential. His warm affection for actors creates a safe and nurturing environment that produces real results.
When I began studying with Joe, Shakespeare terrified me. The idea of walking into a room and auditioning for a Shakespeare production was simply out of the question. Joe made the language accessible to me and in no time flat, I was chomping at the bit to share my new-found skill.
In less than two months, he had chosen monologues that were perfect audition pieces for me. That summer, I appeared in my first leading Shakespearean role in New York City - something I would never have ever dreamed possible before coming into ‘Shakespeare & Beyond.’
In a world of whispered careers in CGI-driven films and television, we are losing an appreciation for the beauty and power of language. Studying with Joseph Siravo has awakened that sleeping passion in me.
He teaches you how to inhabit Shakespeare as you would read a road map, understanding that all the answers lie in the text.
It seems to me that if you want to be a master of this craft, you should study with this man only.