DIGITAL: Saturday Workshop: Moving Into Language with Charlotte Bydwell

Apr. 24, 3:00 pm6:00 pm




‘Moving Into Language’ is an approach to acting that uses movement as the launching pad for building character, unlocking scenes, and arriving at a unique interpretation of a piece of text. In this workshop, we’ll use physical explorations to break down the veneer of unfamiliar language that can stand between Shakespeare’s characters and our own humanity; to reframe the complexity of his poetry as a masterful representation of the complexities of the human mind and heart. We’ll work on embodying his rhythms and imagery, and on transforming intricate thoughts into actions that are driven by real and immediate needs. Participants will have the opportunity to delve into some of Shakespeare’s greatest characters and speeches, gaining a deeper understanding of their tangible humanness and timeless relevance.

NOTE: No experience with acting or Shakespeare is required, and no preparation will be necessary. The workshop spans over two Saturday sessions (April 17 and 24), but students can attend either day or both as desired. Sign up for April 17 here.


A graduate of the Juilliard Dance Division and the Old Globe/USD Graduate Acting Program, Charlotte has performed at leading theaters around the world, and in recognized film/TV productions. Select performance credits include: The Michaels (Public Theater), A Month in the Country (Williamstown), Twelfth Night, Othello, Comedy of Errors (The Old Globe), PARIS! (Company XIV), Monica Bill Barnes & Co. (various venues, company member), Keigwin + Co. (The Joyce). As a choreographer: Alternatino (Comedy Central, season choreographer), Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, As You Like It (Old Globe), Terezin (Playwrights Horizons). Her solo show, Woman of Leisure and Panic, has been performed internationally in English and Spanish. Her solo film, The Nude Model, premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe before screening at film festivals across North America.


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Gibney encourages people with disabilities to attend online classes, and we welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Live captioning through Otter Transcription is available for all online classes by request. If you have any questions or access needs, please email us at or call us at 212-677-8560 (voice only) 24 hours in advance of the class you plan to attend.

Photo by Matt Sundin.