The School of Outrageous Shakespeare (SOS) provides in-depth training to enliven our everyday speech. You can learn to speak with a quality that will have people interested in hearing what you have to say, and perhaps, to want to know more of whom you are.
To speak well, you need to stretch your vocabulary, diction, enunciation, grace, and even physical stature. In other words, poise, charm, and panache! Another important dynamic is that of being fully alive in your body. We will work with movement, pulling aspects from Comedia del arte as a discipline, integrating hand and arm gestures, skeletal alignment, walking, eye contact, and voice production.
As the pandemic continues to roll over our perception of when we would like it to end, I have waited to see how we as a society have dealt with it and in particular our part of the country here in Vermont. I as many of you thought that this would go away with in a few weeks to perhaps a few months. I am deeply saddened by the terrible loss that so many have endured through the coronavirus. I am very aware of how Vermont State has dealt with it and I am grateful that we are doing well as long as we keep up our vigilance.
The Arts as with every other aspect of our community has been shuttered and being creative to stay open has been the operative mantra. To get to the point, I have watched how theater groups have attempted to stay present and perform through the use of Zoom and other websites. I find most of it wanting and as far as I can see, we are going to be in some semblance of mask wearing and keeping our distance well into 2021.
The use of the mask will be limited to getting situated in my studio which is extremely large, over 2,500 sq. ft. in the Howe Center, Rutland. I will create a safe environment for the student to be able to take off his/her mask with keeping a distance of not less than 15 to 18 feet. A fan will used to direct the air away from the student and myself. For those individuals in good health with no outstanding health issues between the ages of 16 to 60 are invited to contact me to discuss this thoroughly to each of our satisfaction and with agreement from both parties, we will begin, I believe and adventure of truly learning the craft of acting and in particular acting Shakespeare.
My vision is that in the second year somewhere in the Fall of 2021 those students engaged with me will start to act in groups of 3 to 5 and then in the Fall of 2022 be able to take this in depth knowledge of the craft and apply it to a full length play of Shakespeare.
Gary Meitrott, is a former Broadway actor. He has been passionately immersed in Shakespeare’s work for many decades. “My passion sets in motion joy, excitement and satisfaction to all that are drawn to acting. I create a safe environment for individuals to experiment with self-imposed boundaries.”
Gary is artistic director and founder of Shakespeare On Main Street
Shakespeare Under Lock & Key, and SOS-School of Outrageous Shakespeare! (There is a reason it is called Outrageous!)
I know this is hard to fathom and comprehend what I am offering, if you are interested then contact me personally via my cell, 282-2581 so I can fully explain what this invitation can offer you. Otherwise, we wait and hope for the vaccine to arrive soon. I am ready to go to work.
Here are just a few comments from students.
"Before I met Gary last year, I had never stepped on the stage. After taking his 12-week Shakespeare class last spring I was cast to play Julius Caesar in a production of Julius Caesar at the West Rutland town hall theater. Although I have much to learn as an actor, I was able to be proud of my performance. I owe that to Gary and his class. What sets Gary apart is not just that he is an incredible acting coach who also happens to be a Shakespeare aficionado and experienced director of dozens of Shakespeare productions. Gary teaches holistically: that means he teaches how to bring ones best body, soul, voice and intellect to the stage and also to life! Learning from Gary has been an incredible life changing, confidence building, mind-expanding experience. And that includes the stage experiences I've had now thanks to Gary as well as for the way I look at the world, and my place in it --with a new, more expanded vision." ~ Sam
"Gary’s teaching style is vibrantly passionate and engaging, as well as patient and perceptive which creates an enlivened and safe space to explore, experiment, and discover. Working with him in the realms of Shakespearean acting and also African drumming has proved to be a valuable and fruitful experience. Through private Shakespeare lessons with Gary, my acting skills have expanded emotionally, physically, and vocally. I highly encourage others to participate!" ~ Torri
"Gary is simply the best! My daughters began working with Gary ten years ago and have benefited immeasurably from the experience. They love working with Gary! His passion for the craft, ability to push you beyond what is on the written page, encouragement to open your mind and take risk, understanding of human nature, and unwavering patience has allowed my daughters to develop confidence and faith in themselves as a person and artist." ~ Kristen