Friendly Shakespeare teaches a simple and effective method of script analysis for Shakespeare. It uses punctuation and keywords in the text to help students understand the characters' needs, make specific acting choices, and get them on their feet immediately.

This is not dry, sitting in a classroom discussion. It’s physicalizing the text, focusing on the character’s needs and tactics (something every drama student should know full well) and bringing Shakespeare to life.

At the end of the class you will be able to demystify Shakespeare's text and understand how to help your actors make clear, active and emotionally connected choices in Shakespeare's plays.

Course Summary

Standards Addressed

9 Modules
2 hours, 5 minutes
4 Credit Hours

shakespeare analysis

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction 3:58
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Lesson 2: Warm-Ups 26:12
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Lesson 3: Barbs from the Bard 13:17
Lesson 4: The Givens 23:22
Lesson 5: Keywords 13:35
Lesson 6: Punctuation 19:34
Lesson 7: Physicalizing the Punctuation 13:46
Lesson 8: Bringing it All Together 6:23
Lesson 9: Unpacking the Experience 5:44

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards


TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cr3.1.HSIII.b - Synthesize ideas from research, script analysis, and context to create a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr3.1.HSII.b - Use research and script analysis to revise physical, vocal, and physiological choices impacting the believability and relevance of a drama/ theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Cr3.1.HSI.b - Explore physical, vocal and physiological choices to develop a performance that is believable, authentic, and relevant to a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr3.1: Refine new work through play, drama processes and theatre experiences using critical analysis and experimentation - Grade 8

TH:Cr3.1.8.b - Refine effective physical, vocal, and physiological traits of characters in an improvised or scripted drama/ theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr4.1.6.b - Experiment with various physical choices to communicate character in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Cr1.1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work - High School Proficient

TH:Cr1.1.HSI.c - Use script analysis to generate ideas about a character that is believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr5.1.HSI.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 8

TH:Pr6.1.8.a - Perform a rehearsed drama/theatre work for an audience.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 7

TH:Pr6.1.7.a - Participate in rehearsals for a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

TH:Pr6.1: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade 6

TH:Pr6.1.6.a - Adapt a drama/theatre work and present it informally for an audience.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Pr5.1.HSIII.a - Use and justify a collection of acting exercises from reliable resources to prepare a believable and sustainable performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Pr5.1.HSII.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr5.1.8.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

TH:Pr5.1: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation - Grade 6

TH:Pr5.1.6.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

TH:Pr4.1: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Pr4.1.HSIII.b - Apply a variety of researched acting techniques as an approach to character choices in a drama/theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2001)


California VAPA Standards (2019)


6.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr4.b - Experiment with various physical choices to communicate character in a drama/theatre work.

Prof.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Prof.TH:Pr5.a - Practice various acting techniques to expand skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

8.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

8.TH:Pr6 - Perform a rehearsed, scripted scene from a drama/theatre work for an audience.

7.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

67TH:Pr6 - Create through improvisation a drama/theatre work that will be shared with an audience.

6.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

6.TH:Pr6 - Adapt a piece of literature and present it for an audience.

Acc.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Acc.TH:Pr5.a - Refine a range of acting skills to build a believable and sustainable drama/theatre performance.

8.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

8.TH:Pr5.a - Use a variety of acting techniques to increase skills in a rehearsal or drama/theatre performance.

6.TH:Pr5 Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

6.TH:Pr5.a - Recognize how acting exercises and techniques can be applied to a drama/theatre work.

Georgia Performance Standards 2010 - Theatre Arts


Grade 9-12 - ACTING III

TAHSAIII.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Engages in script analysis and study as a means of actor preparation
b. Utilizes evidence provided by the script to support decisions in characterization
c. Uses script analysis in the development of presentation of formal and informal theatre performances

TAHSAIII.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Examines the voice, body, and imagination as tools of the actor
b. Explores observation, research, cultural development, and personal experience as potential resources available to the actor
c. Implements the tools and resources of acting in the development and presentation of formal and informal monologues and scenes
d. Researches and assesses the development of skills for character creation and performance

TAHSAIII.8 - Examining the roles of theatre as a reflection of past and present civilizations
a. Examines theatrical performance conventions from a variety of historical periods
b. Explores cultural influences on acting, theatre, and human interaction
c. Applies appropriate historic and cultural data during the performance of a character in formal and informal theatrical pieces
d. Researches and applies the knowledge of historical movement and acting technique to character development
e. Assesses the application of historic and contemporary acting theories to a variety of classical and contemporary theatre literature

Grade 9-12 - ACTING I

TAHSAI.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Engages in script analysis and study as a means of actor preparation
b. Utilizes evidence provided by the script to support decisions in characterization
c. Uses script analysis in the development of presentation of formal and informal theatre performances

TAHSAI.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Examines the voice, body, and imagination as tools of the actor
b. Explores observation, research, cultural development, and personal experience as potential resources available to the actor
c. Implements the tools and resources of acting in the development and presentation of formal and informal monologues and scenes

TAHSAI.6 - Researching cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
a. Explores the use of cultural and historical information in character development
b. Examines research methods used by professional actors and actresses
c. Implements meaningful research efforts in developing formal and informal theatre performances

TAHSAI.8 - Examining the roles of theatre as a reflection of past and present civilizations
a. Examines theatrical performance conventions from a variety of historical periods
b. Explores cultural influences on acting, theatre, and human interaction
c. Applies appropriate historic and cultural data during the performance of a character in formal and informal theatrical pieces

Grade 9-12 - FUNDAMENTALS OF THEATRE II

TAHSFTII.1 - Analyzing and constructing meaning from theatrical experiences, dramatic literature, and electronic media
a. Critiques and analyzes elements of theatrical conventions
b. Generates and uses terminology and outline for critiquing theatre presentation
c. Cites evidence of how theatre reflects life through universal themes
d. Interprets text and subtext
e. Illustrates the process of script analysis in a variety of scripts

TAHSFTII.3 - Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining roles within a variety of situations and environments
a. Investigates mental and emotional methods of actor for preparation
b. Demonstrates awareness of verbal elements of acting (e.g., voice, breathing)
c. Demonstrates non-verbal elements of acting (e.g., posture, facial expression, physical movement)
d. Acquires and incorporates sensory and emotional recall in character development
e. Constructs authentic characters through observation of human behavior
f. Demonstrates the goals, observations, actions, and tactics of characters
g. Differentiates between acting methods (e.g., Stanislavski, Uta Hagen)
h. Revises performance based on self-critique
i. Defends acting and character choices
j. Analyzes critiques of fellow classmates to create improved performance

TAHSFTII.8 - Examining the roles of theatre as a reflection of past and present civilizations
a. Analyzes plays and dramas that are representative of various historical periods
b. Identifies and analyzes plays and dramas that are culturally diverse
c. Recognizes historical events that have influenced the role of theatre
d. Recognizes theatrical events that have impacted cultural development
e. Analyzes and explains theatre conventions and traditions for different cultures and time periods
f. Analyzes and explains how universal themes in theatre transcend time and space
g. Explores the works of milestone playwrights
h. Analyzes milestone plays for dramatic elements that contribute to their lasting influence
i. Predicts which contemporary plays may endure

Georgia Performance Standards 2017 - Theatre Arts


Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts


MS 117.212 LII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

B.1.B - develop and apply theatre preparation and warm-up techniques.

MS 117.213 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

B.1.C - create expressive movement and mime to define space and characters.

HS 117.317 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.A - apply theatre preparation and warm-up techniques effectively.

HS 117.318 LIV - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.A - create and demonstrate theatre preparation and warm-up techniques.

Alberta, Canada


Theatre Studies Drama 30 (Early or Middle or Late drama)

4 - recognize dramatic structure of a play

Theatre Studies Level 1 - Beginning (performance analysis)

2 - identity specific criteria to assess a presentation

Ontario, Canada