Tina Packer

Live Theatre Performance:
Women of Will
Sunday, February 16, 6:00

Session 8: Daily Workshop #807; Sunday, February 16 — 11:00 AM
How To Read Shakespeare
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San Miguel Writers' ConferenceTina Packer is the Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts, which she created in 1978. There she has directed more than 50 Shakespeare productions, as well as new works including four world premieres. As an actor she has played countless roles.

 In 2011, Tina channeled Texan journalist Molly Ivins in the one-woman show Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins by Margaret and Allison Engel. She has also played Shirley Valentine numerous times in various parts of the country. In the first half of 2013, Tina performed Women of Will: The Overview and Women of Will, The Complete Journey: Parts I-V for five months Off-Broadway with her acting partner, Nigel Gore. 

Spanning five parts, at two hours apiece, Women of Will chronicles the female characters in Shakespeare’s canon. The project was conceived of and devised by Tina, who mixes electric performance with trenchant analysis to explore Shakespeare’s evolution as a writer. The Complete Journey ran in New York, Prague, the Czech Republic, and The Hague. The book, also titled Women of Will, will be published by Knopf in the fall of 2014. 

Tina trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she won the Ronson Award for Most Outstanding Performer. In Britain, she was an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, performed in the West End, and acted with repertory companies in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leicester, and Coventry. She also has worked for the BBC and ITV television companies and in film. (2 seasons)

Session 8: Daily Workshop #807; Sunday, February 16 — 11:00 AM
How To Read Shakespeare

Reading Shakespeare, though it can be a solitary activity, is better done with other people. Always read the text out loud and always discuss as you go along. We will take one play (I suggest Twelfth Night) and model the ways to read it. Say difficult words out loud and see what you think they mean before you look them up. Allow the bawdy to be really bawdy and the poetic to be really poetic. The soul of Shakespeare lies in the questions that arise out of the text of the play.