Shakespeare Masterclasses

Discover our Shakespeare Masterclass series

Each year at LAMDA we begin our US Shakespeare Masterclass Tour, currently hosted by Rodney Cottier, LAMDA’s former Head of Drama School. We offer in person (and online where necessary) masterclasses designed to inspire university and college students across the US.

We also host a select number of masterclasses here in London, if you are a group interested in coming to LAMDA for a masterclass, please contact us to enquire.


What to expect

The masterclass gives a taste of LAMDA training to students. With 35 years experience as a stage director, teacher of stage combat, acting and text Rodney Cottier leads an exciting, engaging and educational class. 

His respect and passion for the text is truly contagious.

Manager, Guthrie Theater

About the masterclasses

Delivered in 3-hour masterclasses, Rodney passionately explores Shakespeare’s First Folio starting with a short history of Shakespeare and The Globe Theatre, followed by getting students up on their feet to work some of the Bard's text.

We tailor to the level of the class, and is suitable for those with both tons of, to no experience with Shakespeare!

Meet Rodney

How to book a masterclass

We tour the US on a  four-yearly rotation by region. During each tour we endeavour to arrange a community masterclass, which is open to professional actors and theatre companies.
We also offer Masterclasses coinciding with our Audition Tour January/February each year, where we visit a number of cities across the North America. In the fall of 2022 we plan to visit the North West & Midwest of USA.
Find out more about auditioning in the US for our Undergraduate & Postgraduate acting courses here.

Enquire about a masterclass

The students were discovering things about Shakespeare through these lectures and themselves they never thought of before.

Professor, University of Illinois Chicago