Louisa Proske

Shakespeare

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Education

Louisa holds a MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama, and a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University, UK. Louisa taught and coached Shakespeare at the Hangar Theatre Lab Academy, at Mason Gross School of the Arts, and privately in New York City. She trained with Kristin Linklater and Peter Francis James, and studied Shakespeare with leading scholars at Cambridge University.


Experience

Louisa’s classical productions include Shakespeare’s Cymbeline at Yale School of Drama; This Same Progeny of Evils (an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream) at the Hangar Theatre, Ithaca; As You Like It (Yale Summer Cabaret Shakespeare Festival); ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (The Tank, NYC); an international tour of Macbeth; other productions include Poulenc’s opera La Voix Humaine (Yale Opera/ Yale School of Drama); Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (Strasberg Institute/ NYU); Rum ‘n Coca Cola in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; A Servant To Two Masters (Edinburgh Fringe Festival).


Philosophy

My love of teaching is born out of my passion for directing actors. Since my earliest directing days, I have been utterly fascinated by the glorious, mysterious, and many-faceted aspects of the actor’s process. I am committed to working with actors on their journey towards a complex, powerful, clear performance. The training at the Maggie Flanigan Studio reflects both my own values and a view of the actor’s craft as one of the hardest things to learn.  It is at the same time a deeply humanistic, transgressive, and culturally necessary art form that can bring people together in the communal experience of what it means to be alive.

Script Analysis for Actors

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Young actors are often at a loss when told to prepare a script. Students at the Maggie Flanigan Studio will develop a personal, detailed, and thorough process of preparing for a first day of rehearsal. More specifically they will learn to see the script as a score full of detailed information that creates the framework for their work on a character; a jumping off point for their creativity and intuition as an actor.

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Teaching Philosophy

In my classes, I teach the students a process and a practice. The process means that the class is designed to be a progression of steps the students are learning that they can then be applying to any role in theater or film, and the practice means that I encourage my students to apply the knowledge from the classes everywhere, both in other classes at the studio but also out in the world.