University of Colorado Boulder
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet: An Actor's Perspective
University of Colorado Boulder

William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet: An Actor's Perspective

Taught in English

Course

Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Kevin Rich

Instructor: Kevin Rich

Beginner level

Recommended experience

10 hours to complete
3 weeks at 3 hours a week
Flexible schedule
Learn at your own pace

What you'll learn

  • By successfully completing this course, you will be able to describe the plot of Romeo and Juliet and identify major characters and themes.

  • You will be able to analyze and interpret heightened text.

  • You will be able to describe multiple theatrical approaches to Shakespeare's plays.

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There are 5 modules in this course

In this module, you will be introduced to the course and some of the major characters in the play. You’ll hear perspectives on the major events in Act 1, including the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, Romeo’s lovesickness for Rosaline, the marriage being planned for Juliet and Paris, and Capulet’s party, where Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time.

What's included

10 videos8 readings2 discussion prompts

In this module, you’ll hear perspectives on the major events in Act 2, including the whirlwind courtship and secret marriage of Romeo & Juliet, and the increasing involvement of people close to them, including Mercutio, Benvolio, Friar Lawrence and the Nurse.

What's included

7 videos6 readings1 discussion prompt

In this module, you’ll hear perspectives on the major events in Act 3, where the romantic comedy begins to pivot towards tragedy. Our actors discuss the fights that take place in this act as well as the aftermath of those fights.

What's included

7 videos5 readings1 discussion prompt

In this module, you’ll hear perspectives on the major events in Act 4, including the Capulets planning a wedding for Juliet and Paris, and Romeo, Juliet and the Friar planning something very different.

What's included

6 videos5 readings1 discussion prompt

In this concluding module, our actors discuss the final events of this remarkable play, and offer personal takeaways from having performed in it, as well as reflections on why this play is still so widely read and performed today, over 400 years after it was written.

What's included

7 videos3 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Instructor

Kevin Rich
University of Colorado Boulder
2 Courses6,506 learners

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