Announcing Moderators for our Fall Shakespeare Workout!

Jonathan Lynn moderates the Hay Fever Intensive

Jonathan Lynn moderates the Hay Fever Intensive with Director Douglas Clayton Photo by Geoffrey Wade

Announcing Guest Moderators
for Fall Session of


Shakespeare Workout!

Great actors need great writers. Experience the challenges and rewards of tackling Shakespeare in sessions moderated by a rotating group of L.A.’s top actors, directors and acting teachers.

September: Jonathan Lynn

Filmmaker, Screenwriter and novelist, Jonathan Lynn’s prolific career spans nearly four decades and includes directing, writing, producing and acting. He has directed numerous films, including “The Fighting Temptations,” “The Whole Nine Yards,” “My Cousin Vinny,” and “Clue.” From 1977 to 1981 he served as Artistic Director of The Cambridge Theatre Company, where he produced more than forty plays, directing twenty of them himself including a Macbeth with Brian Cox that toured both the UK and India, and played a special performance for the Prime Minister,Mrs Gandhi. The 1980’s phenomena “Yes, Minister” and “Yes, Prime Minister,” which Lynn co-created and co-wrote propelled Lynn to fame in his native Great Britain. Also an accomplished actor, his stage performances range from playing Hitler in The Comedy Of The Changing Years at the Royal Court Theatre to Motel The Tailor in the original London cast of Fiddler On The Roof. With Antaeus, Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors, as Chair of the Artistic Advisory Board, and has directed a variety of readings and workshop productions.

October: Dakin MatthewsMATTHEWS_DAKIN

A founding member of the Antaeus Company and has appeared in its productions of The Wood Demon, Of Mice And Men, The Man Who Had All The Luck, Mercadet, The Liar, The Proof of the Promise, and Chekhov x 4.  He is active in professional theatre in Southern California, and has appeared frequently in film and on TV.  He is also a playwright, director, dramaturge, and Shakespeare scholar. Dakin is an Associate Artist of the Old Globe Theatre, a founding member of John Houseman’s Acting Company, former Artistic Director of California Actors Theatre, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, and the Antaeus Company, and current Artistic Director of Andak Stage Company. He has performed with ACT in San Francisco, the Old Globe in San Diego, the Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory Theatre, specializing in Shakespearean roles. He has appeared in over twenty films and a hundred and fifty television shows, including regular or recurring roles on twelve different series. His handbook on verse-speaking, Shakespeare Spoken Here, has been used in universities and training programs throughout California; he has given masterclasses in Shakespearean acting across the country and has taught and directed in professional training programs at The Juilliard School, American Conservatory Theatre, Cal Arts, and USD/Old Globe.

November: Brendon Fox

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Brendon Fox is a consultant and former Associate Producer for L.A. Theatre Works, directing   and producing many acclaimed radio plays for NPR as well as numerous national tours. For Antaeus, he directed one-act in Coward’s Tonight at 8:30

and The Rover with the A2 Company. He has worked as Associate Director at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego for seven years where he directed An Infinite Ache, Sky Girls, and Much Ado About Nothing (with Billy Campbell and Dana

Delany) among others. Regional directing credits include: Playmakers Repertory, The Pasadena Playhouse, The Weston Theatre Company;  The Julliard School and University of San Diego; Two River Theatre Company, Ravinia Music Festival, Writers Theatre Chicago, Merrimack Rep and Diversionary Theatre. Mr. Fox has directed national tours of The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial (with Ed Asner), Private Lives, and The Prisoner of Second Avenue (with Hector Elizondo) with L.A. Theatre Works.  Mr. Fox has taught and / or directed students at numerous prestigious conservatories around the country.  He holds a BS in Performance Studies at Northwestern University and an MFA in Directing at UCLA.

All Moderators are subject to availability

Shakespeare Workout meets on Tuesdays from 2-5pm, beginning September 8th

email academy@antaeus.org for more information

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