Acting Shakespeare Retreat
Elements Theatre Company invites you to join us for five days of theatre immersion this August on Cape Cod.  Shakespeare’s King Lear provides the source material for this actors’ intensive retreat.

This retreat is designed for experienced actors who want to deepen their acting skills, hone their analysis of language, and refresh and rejuvenate their craft. Teachers include Shakespearean experts:  Elizabeth Ingram, Associate Professor, Actor, and Designated Kristin Linklater voice teacher at Syracuse University, NY,  Susan Dibble, the Louis, Frances, and Jeffrey Sachar Professor of Theater Arts, Brandeis University, MA, Walton Wilson, Chair, Department of Acting, and Head of Voice and Speech, Yale School of Drama and Danielle Dwyer, CJ, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Elements Theatre Company.

We, at Elements Theatre Company, will be your hosts. We invite 20 participants to join us.

Some Retreat Highlights:

  • Movement and Dance – Susan Dibble, Brandeis University
  • Linklater Voice and Text Training – Elizabeth Ingram, Syracuse University
  • Intensive Scene Study and Acting – Walton Wilson, Yale School of Drama
  • King Lear Open Rehearsals with Elements Theatre Company  and Discussion – Danielle Dwyer, CJ, Artistic Director Elements Theatre Company
  • Evening Master Classes with all the instructors
  • Tickets to opening night performance of King Lear by Elements Theatre Company
  • Accommodations and gourmet meals at Paraclete House, a beautiful retreat facility, overlooking Rock Harbor and Cape Cod Bay in Orleans, Massachusetts.

Dates of the Retreat:  August 7- 12, 2016

Quotes from Acting Shakespeare Retreat 2014:
“The retreat helped me refocus on why I am working in the theatre.”
—David Hastings, 2014 Retreatant

“The curriculum was rich and yet not too rigidly planned. It was ‘in the moment’ enough to be genuinely responsive to our needs as individuals and as a group. I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt so well cared for and at the same time so free to focus entirely on work I love. The retreat was nourishing to my soul.”
—Lynn Brenner, 2014 Retreatant



Elizabeth Ingram

Elizabeth Ingram
Associate Professor of Drama, Syracuse University
All Star Cast Program Co-ordinator

Elizabeth Ingram worked for many years as an actress in England and Scotland, and in the USA is a member of Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, MA where she has performed in several Shakespeare productions. She is a Designated Kristin Linklater voice teacher, a faculty member of the Drama department at Syracuse University, and the founder and faculty person for ‘The All Star CAST’ drama program for people who have special needs.

Susan Dibble
Susan Dibble

Choreographer, dancer, painter

Professor Susan Dibble is the Louis, Frances and Jeffrey Sachar Professor of Theater Arts Department at Brandeis University. Her areas of expertise, among many, include movement for the actor, historical dance, movement styles, modern dance, composition and choreography, clown, mask, Rudolf Laban Movement Theory, and history of dance and movement training. She is the director of Susan Dibble Dance Theater and has performed her work for over 30 years in New York, Massachusetts, and Vermont as well as numerous times at Shakespeare & Co. (Lenox, Mass.) in the program “DibbleDance”. Susan is a founding member of Shakespeare & Co. where she is a master teacher and resident choreographer. She has choreographed for the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Phoenix Theatre Company, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Nora Theater, Súgán Theater, Madison Repertory Company and numerous theaters in NYC. Before Brandeis, she taught at New York University’s Tisch School for the Arts, the Denver Center Performing Arts Center, University of Ohio, University of Utah and Webster College. She also traveled to Orvieto, Italy where she taught in a theater and movement workshop sponsored by Fordham University. Susan has presented lecture demonstrations on dance, theater and therapy for The Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, and The Erikson Institute of The Austen Riggs Center. Shakespeare Honors the Three Centers of the Body is an article written by Susan Dibble in Movement for Actors published by Allworth Press. Susan received the 2006 Leonard Bernstein Festival of Creative Arts Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Arts at Brandeis.

Walton Wilson
Walton Wilson

Chair, Department of Acting
Head of Voice and Speech
Yale School of Drama

Walton Wilson serves as Chair of the Acting Department and Head of Voice and Speech at Yale School of Drama. He was apprenticed to and designated as a voice teacher by Kristin Linklater, and was later trained and certified as an associate teacher by Catherine Fitzmaurice. He has also studied voice with Richard Armstrong, Patsy Rodenburg, Meredith Monk, Andrea Haring, Jean-Rene Toussaint, and members of the Roy Hart Theatre. He holds a BFA from Southern Methodist University.

He has served as voice, text, and dialect coach for productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and in regional theatre, including the world premieres of new plays and adaptations by David Adjmi (The Evildoers), Christopher Bayes and Steven Epps (Accidental Death Of An Anarchist, A Doctor In Spite Of Himself), Eric Bogosian (Humpty Dumpty), Bill Camp and Robert Woodruff (In A Year With 13 Moons, Notes From Underground), Martha Clarke (Endangered Species), Len Jenkins (The Birds), Moises Kaufman/Tectonic Theatre Project (The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later), Stacy Klein/Double Edge Theatre (Cada Luna Azul, Scheherazade), Jiehae Park (peerless), David Rabe (The Black Monk), Bill Rauch and Tracy Young (Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella), José Rivera (Boleros For The Disenchanted), and Mary Zimmerman (Argonautika). Since 1999, he has served as resident voice and speech advisor at Yale Repertory Theatre.

He has held faculty appointments at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, Emerson College, and Southern Methodist University, and has been an artist-in-residence at American Repertory Theatre, Double Edge Theatre, National Theatre Institute, Swine Palace Theatre, LaSalle College of the Arts (Singapore), Shanghai Theatre Academy (China), SFUMATO Theatre Laboratory and New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria), Fundacao Gulbenkian (Portugal) and TITAN Teaterskole (Norway). He has also led workshops for community activists in New York and for prison inmates in Massachusetts and New Mexico. He has been a professional actor and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association for over thirty years.


Danielle Dwyer, CJDanielle Dwyer, CJ

Artistic Director
Co-founder of  Elements Theatre Company

A founding member of Elements Theatre Company, Sr. Danielle Dwyer has either directed or performed in nearly seventy productions since the company’s inception. Classically trained but also skilled in contemporary drama, Sr. Danielle earned her Master of Arts Degree from England’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the University of London. She also studied voice, acting, and writing with Joanna Weir at Central School of Speech and Drama (London, England); David Male of Cambridge University (Cambridge, England); and Shakespeare & Company (Lenox, MA); and studied Shakespeare at the Stella Adler Studio in New York City. Sr. Danielle’s directorial experience ranges from the timeless humanity of Shakespeare (Merchant of Veniceand Julius Caesar) and Chekhov (The Cherry Orchard) to the biting comedy of Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere’s Fan) and Yasmina Reza (God of Carnage) to the razor-sharp wit and deeply felt humanity of Alan Bennett (Talking Heads).

As an actress, Sr. Danielle has received comparable critical acclaim. Recent roles include Merchant of Venice, Shylock; Talking Heads, Irene Ruddock; Julius Caesar, Calpurnia; God of Carnage, Annette Raleigh; Pillars of the Community, Lona Hessel; Twelfth Night, Malvolio; The Cherry Orchard, Ranevskaya; Lady Windermere’s Fan, Mrs. Erlynne; The Lion in Winter, Eleanor; Doctor Faustus, Mephistopheles; Richard III, Queen Elizabeth; Everyman, Everyman; and Lettice and Lovage, Lettice Douffet. Sr. Danielle is also the author of several performance pieces, including short stories and plays, video scripts, poetic monologues, and narratives for worship and meditation.



The registration deadline is June 30, 2016
Early-bird registration (10% discount) by May 30, 2016
To reserve your place fill out the form below.
*Actors' Equity members are eligible for a 10% discount. Mention your AE status in the "How you heard about the retreat" section to receive your discount.
Or call us directly at 508-247-3147

Registrant Info







$1,500 – $200 non-refundable deposit required at time of registration
$1350 - Early Bird 10% Discount - Registration by May 30th
$1350 - Actors Equity 10% discount
Student Rates and Scholarships are available, please inquire by emailing Karen Cragg

Cost Includes:

  • Linklater Voice and Text Training – Elizabeth Ingram, Syracuse University, NY
  • Movement – Susan Dibble, Brandeis University, MA
  • Intensive Scene Study and Acting – Walton Wilson, Yale University, CT
  • King Lear Open Rehearsals with Elements Theatre Company and Discussion – Danielle Dwyer, CJ, Artistic Director Elements Theatre Company, Orleans,
  • Evening Master Classes with all three teachers
  • Tickets to opening night performance of King Lear by Elements Theatre Company
  • Accommodations and gourmet meals at a beautiful retreat facility overlooking Rock Harbor and Cape Cod Bay in Orleans, Massachusetts

Please tell us how you heard about the retreat and why you want to attend:

To complete your application, please submit the following:

  • Shakespeare Monologue (video)
    One Prose - no longer than 100 lines or 2 minutes
    One Poetry - no longer than 100 lines or 2 minutes
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A headshot

Please indicate how you will be submitting these materials:

  • Upload Your Files Here

Curriculum Vitae:
Video: **Please email**

  • Email Karen Cragg at [email protected]
  • If you prefer to mail in your registration see address below:

Return Form and Payment to:

Elements Theatre Company
Attn: Shakespeare Actors Retreat - Karen Cragg
P.O. Box 2831
Orleans, MA 02653

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Gloriae Dei Artes Foundation

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Should you have any questions or need further assistance please contact us.

E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 508-247-3147



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