September Workshop Series

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Shakespearemachine is proud to present its first Workshop Series. We have partnered with five exceptionally talented Guest Instructors to provide five different workshops throughout the month of September. Each instructor will present a workshop in a technique in which they specialize. We are offering workshops in mask performance, stage combat, Laban movement technique, Linklater voice technique, and Shakespearean text and acting. See below for instructor biographies!

You can choose to attend just one workshop or the entire workshop series. Drop-ins are welcome! Discounts are available if you choose to attend all five workshops. Students currently enrolled in college or high schools are also eligible for discounts.

$25 Regular Drop-In Price ($15 Student)

$90 Regular Full Series Bundle Price ($70 Student)


Guest Instructors


Jonathan Becker

Mask Performance, September 1st

Jonathan Becker is a mask maker, teaching artist and performer. He began sculpting masks in 1986 while a student in Paris, France and founded in 1990 upon his return to the United States. Jonathan has created hundreds of masks for theatre companies, producing organizations, individual artists and training programs in over 40 countries. He is currently a regular guest artist at the International Acting with Masks Program at Oslo University College in Oslo, Norway. His teaching credits include work as a guest artist at 29 institutions in 6 countries. In addition to running, he has recently taught Movement and acting at Ball State University.


John O'Connell

Stage Combat, September 8th

John is the Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University Fort Wayne. He has an M.F.A. in directing from the University of Alabama which he received in 1998 after spending 12 years directing, producing, and production stage managing in New York City. Most recently, John served as associate professor of theatre at Arkansas State University where he supervised the B.F.A. emphasis in directing. John maintains an active professional directing career freelancing at professional theatres around the country. John has taught Beginning Directing, Advanced Directing, Stage Management and Theatre Management for IPFW and continues teaching Entreprenuership in the Arts to students in all four departments of the college.

Mary Beth Frank

Laban Movement - September 15

Mary Beth Frank was born and raised in Indianapolis where she did community and professional theater, dance, musical theatre and classical vocal training, and acting training. She spent many days on the stages of Indianapolis Civic Theater, Edvyean Repertory Theatre, Footlight Musicals, Beef and Boards Dinner Theater, and did a Broadway Tour of Annie at Starlight Musicals. Her favorite role was Laura in the Glass Menagerie at Purdue University. Mary Beth has a communications degree with a theater minor from Purdue. She is a director with Fire and Light Productions.


Jeff Casazza

Linklater Voice, September 22nd

Jeff Casazza received his M.F.A. in Directing from Florida State University and received his B.S. in Theatre from Ball State University. He teaches multiple courses in Acting, Movement, Voice and History of Modern Drama. His teaching and research interests include Stanislavski, Meisner and Chekhov; the Linklater Technique; and Suzuki, Viewpoints, Boal and Margolis Method. He regularly travels to Italy working with a variety of International Artists. He returns to Italy this summer to continue his training with Kristin Linklater and to perform in The Pyramus and Thisby Variations.


Gloria Minnich

Shakesperean Text and Acting, September 29th

Gloria Minnich has been teaching theatre and dance since 2004. She is very active in the local theatre scene, performing at Arena Dinner Theatre, First Presbyterian Theatre, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, and IPFW. She is an Anthony Award and multiple Arena Award winner. She is also a member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring Company, which performs throughout the state of Indiana. An avid traveler, Gloria has traveled to Europe annually since 2007 and has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre of England, and Drama Resource, taking courses in acting, puppetry, Shakespeare, Commedia dell' Arte, directing, storytelling, voice, movement, and stage combat, among others. She has also trained with Kelly Hunter, exploring the techniques of the Hunter Heartbeat Method, which uses the iambic rhythms of Shakespeare's language to break through barriers and improve communication for those living with autism.

  • Jonathan Becker: Mask Workshop - September 1st, 2018

  • John O'Connell: Stage Combat Workshop, September 8th, 2018

  • Mary Beth Frank: Laban Workshop - September 15, 2018

  • Jeff Casazza: Linklater Workshop - September 22, 2018

  • Gloria Minnich: Shakespearean Text and Acting Workshop - September 29, 2018


Classes will meet every Saturday at 2 pm. Classes will be held in the Kettler Hall Studio Theatre on the IPFW campus.

Space is limited. Registration will be done on a first come, first served basis. Students must be 16+ to participate.

Please email with any questions.

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You may choose to pay for one workshop ($25), multiple workshops, or the entire workshop series ($90). You will be emailed a link to our PayPal page upon submission of this form. (Student discounts will be applied at the end.)
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In consideration of the services to be provided hereunder, I agree on behalf of myself, my child (the student if applicable) jointly and severally, and our heirs, representatives, executors, successors and assigns, to save and hold Shakespearemachine (“Company”), harmless from and against any and all costs, losses, liabilities, obligations, damages, lawsuits, deficiencies, claims, demands, and expenses, and to forever release and discharge the Company from any and all claims, causes of action of any type, whether matured or unmatured, absolute or conditional, known or unknown, in the past, present or future, in any way arising out of, or related to the relationship between the Company, myself, or my child (the student if applicable).