Ages: 7th through 12th grade
All proceeds go directly to the support of
Shakespeare in the City, a free arts program for youth.
Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, E.R., Royal Shakespeare Company member) will work directly with you on:
- Exploring and amplifying your artistic choices without compromising truthfulness (i.e. reaching the second balcony in a large house, with honesty and truth)
- “Demystifying” often misunderstood principles of acting, such as pursuing an objective, playing an action, moment-to-moment spontaneity inside the structure of a tightly staged play.
- Creating rituals for preparation prior to performance.
- Enhancing your understanding of Shakespeare’s work through scansion, rhythm – the subtextual differences between prose and verse – and what it means for you, the actor.
She will also talk with you about her experiences working in in Britain and in America, in a variety of mediums, touching on topics like:
- Playing with Gender Bending in Shakespeare – and beyond.
- Your Questions Answered – What is an actor’s life?
ABOUT ALEX KINGSTON
Alex Kingston, who won critical acclaim in the title role of the PBS miniseries “Moll Flanders,” joined television’s top-rated, “ER” during its fourth season, as the spirited surgeon ‘Dr. Elizabeth Corday.’ She also reprised her role on “ER” along with the rest of the original cast, for the final episodes of the series.
Kingston was recently seen starring in the UK series “Chasing Shadows”, “Upstairs Downstairs” on the BBC, “Marchlands” on ITV, “Hope Springs,” on BBC One,” the ITV mini-series “Lost in Austen,” and as River Song in the highly successful British series “Dr. Who.” She will next be seen in the independent film “Bukowski” for director James Franco. She currently can be seen recurring on “Arrow” for the CW.
This past year, she starred opposite Sir Kenneth Branagh in the critically-acclaimed Manchester and NY production of “Macbeth”. Other recent credits include the West End production of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” playing the role of ‘Nurse Ratched’ opposite Christian Slater and in the films “Sweetland” opposite Alan Cummings, in “Alpha Dog” starting Justin Timberlake and “Like Crazy” starring Felicity Jones and directed by Drake Doremus. She also recurred on “Flash Foward” for ABC and “Law & Order SVU” for NBC.
Previously she was seen in the UK and America in the lead role in the Box TV and PBS drama film “Boudica.” Kingston played the great 15th century gladiator queen “Boudica.”
Growing up on the outskirts of London, Kingston was first introduced to the theatre when she and her family visited her mother’s native Germany; where she saw her uncle, an actor, perform. She made her own stage debut at age five, playing the Angel Gabriel in the Nativity play. “My mother made me these big, beautiful wings,” remembers Kingston, “and the other kids – without wings – were all jealous. I was very excited, and then a bit upset when I discovered that Gabriel was really a guy.”
Kingston was inspired to pursue an acting career by her English teacher at the all-girls grammar school she attended in Epsom, where she often had leading roles in school plays. She landed her first professional role at age 15 as a judo-chopping bully on the successful British series, “Grange Hill.”
After finishing school, she moved to London, where she was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. After completing the two-year program of study, Kingston worked in repertory theatre across England. She joined the famed Royal Shakespeare Company, where she appeared in productions of “Much Ado About Nothing,” “King Lear,” “Love’s Labours Lost,” “The Curse of the Starving Class” and “The Bright and Bold Design.” She also starred in the Birmingham Repertory’s productions of “Othello,” “The Alchemist,” “Traveling Players,” “Saved,” “Julius Caesar” and “See How They Run.”
While Kingston tended to play classical characters on the stage, she took on contemporary roles in British television programs, including “A Killing Exchange,” “The Bill,” “Crocodile Shoes,” “The Knock” and “I Hate Christmas,” and in the American cable movies “Weapons of Mass Distraction” and “The Infiltrator.”
Her feature film credits include the critically-acclaimed “Croupier,” “Carrington,” “The St. Exupery Story,” “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,” “Curran’s Wife,” “The Wildcats of St. Trinians,” “A Pin for the Butterfly” and “The Woman and the Wolf.” Kingston made a cameo appearance in the independent film “This Space Between Us” and starred in the British pop-culture film “Essex Boys,” for which she played a double-crossing girlfriend of an underground drug criminal.
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