Two Former Students Receive Oscars

Shane Ann From Shane Ann, Shakespeare

Two of my former students received Academy Awards this year. I have never written that sentence before! Mahershala Ali (NYU Tisch Graduate Acting) in “Moonlight” for Best Supporting Actor and Viola Davis (Juilliard) in “Fences” for Best Supporting Actress.  The Oscars made history this year with “Moonlight”. This was the first film with an all African-American cast to win Best …

First Shakespeare Monologue

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I recently assigned Shakespeare monologues to the students in my Advanced Class. For many of them it is their first time doing Shakespeare. We finished a series of scanning exercises, which included discussions about short verse lines, long verse lines, shared verse lines, epic caesuras, elisions, stretching a word, and acting on the verse line. Now the fun begins – …

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My students using the App to pronounce words in their rehearsals of Hamlet and Macbeth

Shane Ann From Shane Ann, NYU Grad Acting, Shakespeare

My First Year students in the Graduate Acting Program at NYU have been very enthusiastic about using the Shakespeare Pronunciation app as they rehearse “Hamlet” and “Macbeth”. They told me that at the beginning of the rehearsals, they used it every night to check the pronunciations of the unusual words and the character and place names in Shakespeare plays. I …

Joe Girgis

Joe Girgis Accepted to BADA

Shane Ann From Shane Ann, Voice and Speech Class

Joe Girgis completed my Voice and Speech program in February, auditioned for the BADA (British Academy of Dramatic Arts) Summer program and was accepted! I am so proud of him. BADA‘s intensive summer conservatory program for serious actors, is held at Magdalen College, Oxford, in association with the Yale School of Drama. The program concentrates on classical acting with an …

Harry Ford

“Code Black” with Harry Ford

Shane Ann From Shane Ann, NYU Grad Acting

Harry Ford (one of my students from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program), just completed filming his first TV show, “Code Black” and he was terrific. He came to NYU to be on a panel of alums who talked to the actors who were Called Back to the final audition of the Grad Acting Program. The panel is an opportunity for the …

Julius Caesar

Production of “Julius Caesar”

Shane Ann From Shane Ann, Productions, Shakespeare

Last night I saw a wonderful production of “Julius Caesar” directed by Jeff Wise (NYU Grad Acting Alum) at The Wheelhouse Theater Company. Very impressed with what Jeff did with a cast of six. They told the story with a clarity and excitement that is not often seen in a company with a much larger cast. In the company were former Grad Acting students …

Shakespeare Mobile App

Shakespeare App is LIVE

Shane Ann From Shane Ann, Shakespeare

Latest News Update The Shakespeare Pronunciation App is now available in both the Google Play store and Apple store. To download your copy click below. About the Shakespeare Mobile App This new and unique app is an essential tool for actors, producers, professors, students and everyone who enjoys the plays of William Shakespeare. The Shakespeare Mobile App contains AUDIO pronunciations …

Shakespeare Audio Dictionary

The Beginning of the Shakespeare Audio Dictionary

Shane Ann From Shane Ann, Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Audio Dictionary was an idea that kept coming to me over a few years. Whenever I was working on a production of one of Shakespeare’s plays, either a professional production or the student productions in New York University’s Graduate Acting program where I teach, I noticed the actors holding my book “All the Words on Stage, a Complete …

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NEWS UPDATE: Release of the Shakespeare Dictionary App

Shane Ann From Shane Ann, Shakespeare

December 30th: Submitting the Shakespeare Dictionary App for approval and release. We started working on the Shakespeare Pronunciation App eighteen months ago and last week we received the final build of the app. The doors of the Apple developer site will be reopened on December 30th, after their customary holiday freeze, allowing our app to be submitted to Apple for their final approval. …

The Black Book

“The Black Book” with Margy Love

Shane Ann Productions

I went to see my former student Margy Love in “The Black Book” by Phil Blechman, playing at The Sargent Theater. She was terrific, and the voice/speech/text work was excellent! “The Black Book” is a new play about an afflicted college student, Collin Archer, who secretly leaves a veiled suicide note in the form of a poem on the desk of …