André Holland playing Othello at the Globe Theatre in London

Shane Ann Productions

I’ve been to the Globe Theatre in London before but this time my former student from NYU Graduate Acting, André Holland, was playing Othello!  It is difficult to describe the feelings of seeing someone you taught perform on such a prestigious stage. From the first moment André entered, he commanded our attention.  He had the audience in the palm of …

Daniel Sunjata

Daniel Sunjata on Broadway in “St. Joan”

Shane Ann Productions

Recently I saw a production of “St. Joan” on Broadway. The production starred Condola Rashad as Joan and my former NYU Grad Acting student, Daniel Sunjata, as Dunois. He was terrific! I loved the way he used the language of the very demanding G. B. Shaw.  Daniel’s been doing a lot of TV work (Notorious, Graceland, Rescue Me) but he …

shakespeare in the park

Shakespeare In The Park – The Production of “Othello” 

Shane Ann Shakespeare

It was very exciting to see and hear my former students from NYU Grad Acting in the Shakespeare in the Park production of “Othello”!  Corey Stoll was a fascinating Iago. Heather Lind was an illuminating Desdemona.  In addition to Corey and Heather, the other Grad acting alums were Motell Foster (Roderigo), Chris Cassarino (Ensemble).  Also in the cast were David …

Matthew Saldivar

Matthew Saldivar in “St. Joan” on Broadway

Shane Ann Productions

Recently I saw a production of “St. Joan” on Broadway. The production starred Condola Rashad as Joan. It also featured my former NYU Grad Acting student Matthew Saldivar. He played two roles – Poulengey and D’Estivet. Wow was he good! The characters were so different that no one (except his former teacher) would know it was the same actor. Visit …

Two Former Students Receive Oscars

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

Shane Ann Shakespeare

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 – …

Shakespeare Plays

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

Shane Ann NYU Grad Acting

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

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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

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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 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 …