Our mission is to cultivate an appreciation for the text of Shakespeare among new audiences through the employment of professional actors trained to give live performances from the First Folio as originally practiced by Shakespeare’s company. Using workshops, we explore original text for cues and clues that guide us to the most authentic oral delivery of Shakespeare's writing.
The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida was founded by veteran actor Peter Galman in April 2016 -- the 400th anniversary month of William Shakespeare’s passing. The generosity of donors, sponsors, actors, crew, staff and advisors has helped to achieve a goal of stage readings held in the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach countries of South Florida in the first year. Readings and workshops open to the public are now occurring monthly and weekly throughout the region.
Highlighting its second year, Mr. Galman brought a team of Troupers as resident artists to the Cushman School in Miami. From March 20-24, 2017, the school's eighth-grade students participated in a week-long workshop culminating in a performance with scrolls, costumes, music, singing and dancing for a full audience.
The Shakespeare Troupe operates as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and has received a Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Community Grant. We have appeared at theatrical venues such as GableStage and Area Stage in Miami; at community/retirement centers such as John Knox Village in Pompano Beach, the Palace in Coral Gables and Devonshire at PGA Gardens; and in mid-2018 at adult behavioral health centers in Miami-Dade County: Camillus House, Miami Rescue Mission, Better Way of Miami, and New Hope CORPS. The grant helps us to serve the under-served while providing some remuneration for actors doing what they love.
King Lear, Abridg'd: The Tragic End of a Royal Family
Shakespeare’s Timeless classic about the downfall of a royal family. The Troupe will tell the entire story in one hour or hour and a half with some judicious cuts and juicy pantomime.
Troupe Dreams on Shakespeare
An Abridged Version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare’s most popular comedy features 3 states of beings, all caught in the throes of the God of Love and how Cupid blinds us.
Running time: 75 minutes.
Shakespeare’s Ship of Clowns, Fools & Jesters
Shakespeare most memorable comedic characters come to life in scenes that show how the lowest sometime rule the highest places
Running time: 60 minutes.
Popular Shakespeare, scenes and speeches from the most well-known plays
Famous passages from Hamlet, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing. Running time: 75 min.
Shakespeare! Comic Relief, Scenes of Comedy
Famous comic scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Merry Wives of Windsor, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, and Henry V. Running Time: 75 minutes.
Shakespeare! Scenes of Power —the giving, getting and grabbing of it in politics, love and war
A timely potpourri that will refresh the mindset in an election year.
Price, $500 and up. Call (754) 228-7228 or email anon@ShakesTroupe.org.
Come to a workshop or book your own group and build a performance of your favorite Shakespeare. Workshops are 3-4 hours in length and cost $20 per participant. Consult the Events Calendar for upcoming workshops, or inquire at anon@ShakesTroupe.org.
"The workshops are a road map to the playing of Shakespeare."
-- Karen Stephens, Carbonell-Award winning actor
Q. What goes on in the workshops?
A. We do a warmup in the first hour which includes vocal exercises focussing on the Linkater vowel tree and an exercise to get actors moving in space. The rest of the workshop involves the breakdown of text for clues on how to play a scene or soliloquy. There are valuable performance lessons to be learned in the demonstration of cue script creation and self-staging techniques, which we practice for upcoming readings.
Q. How do I participate?
A. Contact Shakespeare Troupe Founder Peter Galman to discuss your level of commitment. The email is anon@ShakesTroupe.org.
Q. What does it cost?
A. We suggest a donation of $20 to pay for supplies and funding for space rental. The workshops are required training for participation in the readings.
Q. How do I book a Full producton and Workshop to come perform at my school?