C L A S S E S
Lisa Wolpe offers a variety of classes from time to time. She also coaches privately at her studio in Los Angeles.
See testimonials for more about Lisa's classes!
Recent classes have included:
BASIC SHAKESPEAREAN ACTING
This basic acting workshop is for actors who are
not experienced with playing Shakespeare and would like to develop some
great skills. Actors will gain a strong basis of the fundamentals of the
text, and work on a monologue of their choice with the help of the
THE MASTERS CLASS
This class is limited to 16 participants, and is recommended for advanced
actors, male or female, who wish to become experienced with playing
Shakespeare in front of an audience. Each participant will work with Lisa
for four weeks on a scene from Shakespeare for a total of 8 hours or more of
rehearsals negotiated around you and your parter's schedule - Rehearsals
will be arranged weekdays and weekends, as per review of actor conflcts and
availablitiies etc. A final project will be presented for an invited
LINKLATER VOICE WORK - WARMUPS AND EXERCISES
Basic voice work and
exploration based on Kristen Linklater's approach to voice and text.
Individual or groups.
SHAKESPEARE SUNDAYS: (GROUP COACHING - MOSTLY FOR MONOLOGUES)
Expert instruction will prepare you for auditions and performance. The Shakespeare
Sundays Acting Workshop is a practical, fun and accessible approach to actor
training a nd be prepared for your next audition! A great class for the
beginner or intermediate actor who wants a place to develop skills with
Shakespearean texts and gain confidence as a performer! 12-3pm Sundays.
In this class, participants will learn to embody a performer's
aliveness by exploring a lightness of playing and a deftness of response to
thought and feeling as it relates to Comedy and Clown. At the center of the
work is the Pleasure of Playing! Participants will be taught basic elements
of Clown as derived through the basic precepts of the work of LeCoq,
Gaulier, and Merry Conway. Physical warm-ups and imaginative game-playing
will encourage a more vital and personal experience of physical comedy.
Group and individual work will examine a variety of approaches to
heightening the actor's awareness necessary for the full expression of the
Self through the joy of imagination and play. This work is a great way to
open up physical dialogues and improved partner-work in any kind of acting
situation, from classical to contemporary to commercial endeavors. And it's
a Joy to do!
Love and appreciation to my wonderful students and colleagues, who were kind
enough to offer the following testimonials regarding the value of our
"Whether you are just discovering Shakespeare or are a seasoned pro, Lisa
generously shares her expertise in working with you to joyously delve into
vocal technique, body work, and in-depth text analysis, as well as
preparation for scene study, performance, and auditions. In the dictionary
under "genius", the definition should include: LISA WOLPE".
Nancy Jane Smeets
"Lisa Wolpe is an extraordinary teacher. She meets you where you
are--welcomes you with an open heart, whether you are a beginner or an
experienced actor--and then takes you on an incredible journey of
exploration, discovery, and inspiration. I love the very specific way she
works with breath, body, and text.
As a singer, it is a real joy to work with an acting teacher who understands
the voice, breath, and body as deeply as Lisa does. I have begun to use some
of the things I have learned from her to in my songs and arias--and I
already am finding greater freedom, inspiration, and honesty, Thank you
Lisa--you are an amazing actor, a master teacher, and very beautiful person."
"Lisa's a magician. She makes you feel like wresting the meaning and
passion from Shakespeare's words is a matter of life and death, and she
gives you the technical and emotional tools to do it. Few people have the
talent and experience to legitimately call themselves master teachers of
Shakespeare; Lisa is one of them."
"Lisa's classes are electric! Her love and knowledge of Shakespeare's
works, the Elizabethan world they were written for, unlocking the clues in
and approaching the text is motivating and inspiring. Any actor with an
interest in performing Shakespeare should LEAP at the opportunity to take
one of her classes. I'm so glad I did!"
Diane Baker Cummings
"I've wanted to work with Lisa Wolpe for a few years and was not
disappointed. She's the best!"
"Lisa Wolpe is a teacher's teacher − caring,
thoughtful and thorough. She has unimaginably
enhanced my teaching and performance of Shakespearean
Leigh Kennicott, Ph.D.
California State University, Northridge
"Lisa's wisdom, clarity and acceptance lends her classes the kind of ease,
warmth and openness one often needs yet rarely in an acting class. I found
being in her Sunday classes an immense joy; a much needed part of my week
where I could go be big and playful and vulnerable without fear of shame or
judgement. Lisa's "Geography of Thought" technique has forever altered my
approach to performance and has done wonders in bringing my voice and my
intentions out of my body and into the audience. Lisa helped me find the
power and skills I needed to really tackle Shakespeare's beautiful and
"Lisa Wolpe cracks open your imagination and encourages you to go to new
levels in your work. She is a great teacher for beginners and for the most
advanced actors of all. I have played most of the major Shakespearean clowns
under her direction........and I am a WOMAN!!! Think of that."
"Lisa's clowning has been the best physical theatre
training I could hope for. Her work has allowed me to
develop wondrous techniques in playing roles that are
centered in movement and physical comedy.
Lisa is a wonderful teacher of clown. Her courses journey into the world
between failure and beauty.
Lisa's courses will invigorate the participant in such
a way that finding simple pleasures in 'clown failure'
becomes more pleasing then success."
"Lisa Wolpe's classes not only help actors delve through the intricacies of
Shakespeare complex characters, but her techniques got me out of my head and
into the scene and character. My voice, my breathing, my presence, my
energy, my understanding of Shakespeare's writing, my ability to become a
character organically- all of this was awakened. Lisa is truly a gifted
teacher and mentor!"
"Lisa's workshops provide the tools to reach down inside yourself to
breathe life into a character through physicality, emotions, and richness of
text. She is a masterful teacher whose passion and knowledge inspires her
students to strive towards the upper echelons of success in performance."
"Lisa Wolpe's clown class is a gift you give yourself.
I found it liberating, challenging and inspirational
every time! She is a Master Teacher for the serious
"Lisa's amazing wealth of information and inspiration helped free me of
myself through her holistic approach to Shakespeare. She changed my life
really, because she knows acting, but more importantly she knows the human
condition. She is the first teacher I ever had who had real resounding
compassion. It is this compassion which sets her apart as a brilliant
actress and teacher."
"Clown challenges you to take risks and fall on flat on your face. You'll
never have so much fun failing.
Clown makes me alive as an actor and a person.
Lisa Wolpe is kind and stern Clown Master. She will lead you places you in
yourself you've never been.
There is nothing more challenging or essential for the actor than clown."
"Lisa Wolpe's Shakespeare and Clown classes are
extremely informative and helpful!
In the Shakespeare class her technique helps you find
your way through the sometimes daunting text; indeed,
to embrace it. The physical work helps you step into
the character's shoes. I saw people from every walk of
life become Hamlet, Richard III, etc. It was
gratifying to see! I'd recommend this class to anyone!
If you've never done Shakespeare, this is the way to
start; if you've done a few plays,like me, you will
The clown class is terrific because it helps you
reconnect with your imagination and the joy of true
spontaneity. It was extremely helpful for me because I
was rather "stiff" both physically and mentally. The
class helped me interact with other actors, stimulated
my improvisation instincts, and helped me 'loosen up' a
Both classes teach skills that can definitely be used
by actors in the television/film world as well!"
"Lisa Wolpe is an amazing teacher. I've had Shakespeare training in the
past but never before was it presented so clearly to me. She has a way of
working with you, whether you are a novice or have been doing
Shakespeare for years, that truly inspires. I always leave her class
feeling exhausted and elated. "
"Lisa's joy, intelligence and ability to articulate the ephemeral is
extraordinary. Working with her in Clown workshop brought me to a place
of daring play, deep expression and exquisite goofiness which continues
to inform my work as a choreographer and physical theater consultant.
Just do it! "