SHAKESPEARE

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AUDITION PREP

  • My mission is to get actors into a serious relationship with Shakespeare.
  • What is your relationship like with Shakespeare?
  • How many times have you seen "Must be able to handle the language," in a breakdown?
  • Have you let that divert you away from auditioning?
  • There are few classically trained actors in NY.  There is so much work available for classically trained actors in the country.  I can help you become one of the hirable. 
  • I STRONGLY encourage African-American actors ages 20-35 to focus on the works of Shakespeare.
  • It is NOT about SOUNDING a certain way.  Shakespeare is another Playwright.
  • The Breath, Mind and Body connect in the same way you prepare for any other role.
  • Return to communicating with verbal dexterity, wit, and passion.
  • Wherever you are in your relationship, I can help you erase the fear, and become confident in your work.

Shakespeare’s Advice to the Players

 

 

HAMLET

Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue; but if you mouth it as many of your players do, I had as lief the town-crier spoke my lines.

 

Nor do not saw the air too much with

your hand, thus, but use all gently; for in the very torrent, tempest, and, as I may say, whirlwind of your passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.

 

O, it offends me to the soul to hear a robustious periwig-pated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings, who for the most part are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise. 

 

I would have such a fellow whipped for o’erdoing Termagant. It out-Herods Herod. Pray you avoid it.

Testimonials

His talent as an actor, notwithstanding, I know him to be a natural and effective teacher.  During my tenure as Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Tyrone, as a regular on those stages, would take it upon himself to mentor the acting apprentices who were there on a season-long internship.  His smarts and natural ability to put all around him at ease made his contact with those young actors a highlight of their time in residence.  In addition, his practical knowledge of, and experience in the profession offered them invaluable tools as they embarked upon their young careers.

 

-Timothy Douglas

I was preparing for college auditions and needed a coach to help me with my monologues.  I have known Tyrone for years as I attended an intensive where he provided mentoring.  I knew he would be the perfect coach because he is able to make you see different ways of presenting material to make it fresh for the audience.  Tyrone was a blast to work with!  We worked together via Facetime (we live in two different states) and it was just like we were in the same room.  He really helped me to see my monologues with new eyes and the result was a much more polished and authentic delivery.  I really enjoy working with Tyrone and can’t imagine a better coach!  He is the real deal!

-Mitchell McGuire, Virginia

Tyrone is an amazing teacher, coach and mentor! My son loves working with him and especially appreciates that he “doesn’t treat him like a kid, but like a professional.” He has taken my son's acting skills to the next level and given him newfound confidence. Since my son began working with Tyrone, he booked his first feature film and an Off-Broadway play! Tyrone is the absolute best and I highly recommend him for any serious young actor. 

-Amy Reid 

 

Tyrone is a wonderful mentor, supporter and coach for me as I begin my acting career.  He has helped me grow both professionally and personally.  Having him on my side has been extremely beneficial because he always has my best interest at heart in a field where not many people do.

 

-Candyce Adkins

 

My experience with Mr. Tyrone Henderson has been nothing less than a blessing. He is every bit a great coach as he is a mentor. Prior to working with Mr. Henderson, I was so terrified and reluctant to read/audition for a Shakespeare piece. I had no previous professional Shakespeare training which made it extremely difficult for me. However, thanks to Mr. Henderson, I was finally able to audition for my first classical Shakespeare piece (A Midsummer Night's Dream). I'm so glad he's in my corner. Thank you sooooooo much. 

 

- Terrence Epps

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