Brush Up Your Shakespeare!

a Company of Fools hosts a Fools Tune Up Workshop with former Artistic Director Catriona Leger.

This weekend workshop will cover interactive use of movement, text analysis, and games that will enhance the actor’s approach to Shakespeare. Participants will explore how the First Folio can be utilized to make powerful acting choices. Scripts will also be analyzed through exercises to get the text into the body, and mine the text for clues, all working towards making truthful, compelling acting offers. Audition tips and tricks will round out the weekend.

This workshop is a professional development opportunity open to participants with a wide variety of experience. Whether you’re a Bard veteran, student, or just looking to get your feet wet, there’s something here for you. Registration discounts are available for CAEA members.

Workshop Schedule

Day 1: Friday May 31st 6pm-10pm

  • Introduction to rhythm and language
  • Mining the First Folio for clues – an actor’s approach to the First Folio

Day 2: Saturday June 1st 11am-5pm

  • Exercises for getting the text into the body
  • Mining the text for physical cues and clues
  • Making physical choices and offers
  • Table work and preparation for scenes and monologues
  • Putting the text on its feet
  • auditions and other topics as time allows


Early Bird Rate (before May 17th): $100
CAEA Members: $75
Regular: $125

Note: a non-refundable 25% deposit is due upon registration. The remaining fee can be paid on June 1st. After registering below, our staff will contact you with payment options.


Fill out the registration form below to secure your spot in the workshop. Our staff will be in touch after your registration is complete.

About the Instructor

Catriona has worked across Canada as an actor, director and producer for over twenty years. Formerly Artistic Director of a Company of Fools, she currently works with Shakespeare in Action in Toronto. She has taught theatre to all levels from elementary to post secondary, professional to novice. A recipient of the JBC Watkins Award from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Sydney J. Risk Award for Directing, her work has garnered attention from various regional theatre awards organizations. Catriona holds a BFA (Acting) and MFA (Directing) from UBC and is a graduate of École Philippe Gaulier (Paris, France).