The Shakespeare Gym


You have the opportunity to take this course as an Auditor or a Participant.

A Participant is able to work and receive feedback from the instructor, while an Auditor is able to observe and learn without needing to be active in front of other students.






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Shakespeare specialist Rob Clare has helped actors all over the world to handle these extraordinary texts with added confidence, vitality, and creative freedom. Like good athletes, actors need to work out, and there is no better place to do so, than in The Shakespeare Gym. These plays were written by an actor, for his fellow actors.  They are for you! So come and join us. Whether you’re a beginner, or a more experienced Shakespearean, all are welcome. All will find room to grow.

What to Expect:

  • Explore strategies for approaching creativity and expression when dealing with heightened language, complex and archaic vocabulary and verse.
  • Refining monologues and/or assigned scenes.
  • Learn to identify opportunities for creative expression in classical texts.
  • Discuss approaches with fellow students along the way

Weekly Breakdown

Each week will consist of one, 3-hour session:

    • Week 1 – Monologues + Managing Complex Texts Creatively
    • Week 2 – Refining Monologues
    • Week 3 – Monologues + Scenes
    • Week 4 – Continued Work on Monologues + Scenes
    • Week 5 – Work on Second Monologues
    • Week 6 – Summative


Rob Clare - Shakespeare Specialist


Shakespeare Specialist |

Rob Clare is an internationally recognized specialist, who has taught or directed Shakespeare in Ireland, India, Austria, Germany, Australia, China and the US. His freelance work includes coaching the core acting ensembles of the Royal  Shakespeare Company, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Britain’s leading repertory company, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. In the US, he has been visiting faculty  at UCLA, The Juilliard School, Yale, USC Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach, CSU Los Angeles, and NYC Tisch (both graduate and undergraduate acting). As a director, his most recent product was Troilus and Cressida (UCLA), pictured above. He is currently planning to tour King Lear to underserved communities in the Los Angeles area. For a complete biography, or to book individual coaching, or in-person workshops for smaller, self-selected groups visit Rob’s personal website:



Riz Ahmed

Emmy Award winner & Golden Globes nominee

“Rob Clare fundamentally shaped the way I approach acting – he changed my life!”


Carrie Coon

Obie Award winner & Tony Award nominee

“Rob Clare’s workshops are practical magic. A weekend with Rob is more incisive and relevant than a semester of Shakespeare.”


Do I Earn A Certificate Through The USC School Of Dramatic Arts?

Yes, this course is taught by instructors from the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Your certificate will be sent through USC School of Dramatic Arts with your name and the name of the certificate completed. Fight On! (The Trojan Motto).

Who Will I Be Working With?

Your primary instructor is listed in the “Instructor section” above.

How Many Classes Does It Take To Complete The Certificate?

Great question! To earn this certificate, you must complete four 4-week courses. View the “Curriculum tab” to see details about weekly assignments and class topics.

How Long Does The Program Take To Complete?

This program takes 16 weeks to complete, so you can earn the certificate in one semester.

How Often Do The Class Sessions Meet?

Once A Week. Students Meet Once A Week For 4 Weeks. Each Class Session Is 2 Hours In Length. The Date And Time For Each Course Will Be Reflected On The Course Details Page.

Are Class Sessions Online? Are They Live Or Pre-Recorded?

This program includes weekly live class sessions. Students have access to recorded lectures after the class period, as well.

What If I Miss A Class, Or Want To Review The Class?

No problem. You will be able to access all recorded sessions at your convenience. You’ll see this recording once you login and access ‘My Dashboard’ after the class has ended for the day.

What If I Miss The Start Date Of A Class? How Often Are The Courses Offered?

Each course will be offered on a rolling four-week cycle. So you need only wait until the next month.

How Do I Pay? Can I Pay In Parts?

Payment is required prior to the start of the first day of class. To enroll and pay for a class, select the “Register” button on the course details page; then follow steps to complete payment.

Additional information


Auditor, Participant