Sybil Lines - actress, instructor

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Teaching Experience

Circle in the Square: Age range is 18 - 50. Through recommendations from voice specialists Lucille Rubin and Linda Gates, I began working for Circle in the 1990s when I was available from acting assignments. From 2004 to the present time the Shakespeare classes for Circle's Summer Course have become a regular assignment.

ACTeen Drama School: (for ages 13-15, 16-20) Classes are held year round at Simple Studios, NYC . From 2002 I have taught Shakespeare for ACTeen's July Conservatory.

Actors' and Directors' Lab on 42nd Street: Jack Garfein had produced Footfalls, in which I was directed by Alan Schneider. Mr. Garfein invited me to teach Shakespeare scene study classes to his students. After one semester I was asked to join the faculty but I had theatre obligations outside New York City.

Academy of the Spoken Word, Germany: Since 2006 this institute has flown me to Stuttgart to give workshops on acting Shakespeare. The attendees at this bi-annual festival vary from drama students to teachers of voice and acting.

Catholic University, Washington D.C.: I was performing at the Folger Theatre in D.C. and was invited by Catholic University to teach a semester of 'Shakespeare Energy' to their students who they characterized as looking "feeble" when performing the classics.

Kolping School, Heilbronn, Germany: Age range 20 - 30. Since 2008 I have given various workshops to the students on "Self Expression and Communication through Drama." In 2010 the school held an international symposium and teachers who attended my workshop came from Norway, Lithuania, Spain, France, America, Germany and Turkey.

Central School of Speech and Drama, London: I taught classes on speaking 'Poetry' and 'Text' to the first and second year students on the drama course and directed these same second year students in Home and Beauty. I also directed the second year teachers' course in Female Transport. The teachers' course was aimed at those in the professional world of teachers (whether mathematics, biology, literature, etc.) who were learning how drama could enhance the teaching of their specialties.

University of Central Florida: Stuart Omans, founder of Orlando Shakespeare Festival and co-author of Shakespeare Plays the Classroom, has invited me to various seminars on teaching teachers active ways of enlivening their literature classes. I have also taught Shakespeare classes at the Drey Institute at Rollins College in Florida.

Corner Loft, Greenwich Village: This studio invited me to teach whenever I was available from my acting obligations. Most of my classes concentrated on the classics (Shakespeare, Restoration Comedy, Jacobean Tragedy) but some were free rein for whatever modern scenes the students wanted to explore. Unfortunately, ill health resulted in Elaine Gold, the founder, closing the school.


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