As interpretive artists, actors must develop the skill of “close reading”, the intensive analysis of a play. At its simplest, this means – as the philosopher Timothy Shanahan has put it – looking at a text and “coming to terms with what it says, how it says it and what it means.” Rhetoric, Action and Sound… These are among the fundamental building blocks of interpretation that allow us to understand the author’s intent.

In this 90 minute workshop we will crack open a short scene from HAMLET to reveal Shakespeare’s intent for story, setting and character. It will change your life … or at least make you look at the play in a different light.

This class will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020, from 3PM to 4:30PM (ET) and from 5PM to 6:30PM via ZOOM. The event will start off with an introduction by AMCP, followed by the workshop led by Ray. Be prepared to offer feedback and discuss different topics as Ray shares invaluable information.

Instructions and the ZOOM link for access to this online event will be emailed to you in advance. If you have not received the link by 12pm (EST) the day-of the event, please reach out to at least one hour PRIOR to the start of class.

Please keep in mind that all programs at AMCP are for educational and professional development purposes. Participating in any class or event is not a promise of employment.



2002 St. Clair Bayfield Award for Outstanding Shakespeare Performance in the Metropolitan NYC area for his work as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at The Pearl. BROADWAY: 12 shows including Arcadia, Democracy, The Real Thing, The School for Scandal OFF-BROADWAY: 19 shows including four at the Roundabout and three at Manhattan Theatre Club. Resident Company at The Pearl. National Tours: M. Butterfly; six shows withThe Acting Company. Regional: Over 40 lead/featured roles including Romeo, Macbeth, Torvald, Orsino, Berowne. His television and film work includes The Thomas Crown Affair, Closer To Home, My First Kiss…, Remembrance, all incarnations of Law and Order, recurring roles on all New York soap operas, and, most recently, “Egg Sandwich Guy” in the feature film Seneca, directed by AMCP Faculty member, Jason Chaet, now on HBO Max.

Ray has been a teacher for over 40 years, leading classes and workshops from Fairbanks to Taipei. He taught Shakespeare Performance at NYU/PHTS and for the last 18 years he has been full-time at AMDA, teaching a wide array of classes across all semesters.