A year at the Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe in London with Theater student Tim Giles

Current BFA Theater Arts student Tim Giles recently returned from a year at the Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. The immersion program provides Rutgers University BFA Theater Arts students with the opportunity to receive intensive conservatory training alongside master theater artists at the Globe, a facility that features a faithful open-air reproduction of the theater William Shakespeare used for his own company. Participants study acting, voJasmine Carmichael and Time Gilesice, movement, speech, fights, and period dance, and they examine Shakespeare’s plays. They also attend performances of classical and contemporary plays on the London stage. Here is Giles’ account of his year abroad:

The greatest things I took with me from London were new confidence and passion as an actor. I found myself challenged every day by teachers who were never ready to say I had given enough but who always respected the effort I gave. These teachers dealt with professional artists as often as they did students, and their insight and the caliber of their expectations created an amazing opportunity to grow. I learned more about speaking Shakespeare’s verse during half a term with acting teacher Tim Carroll than I had ever learned from any other teacher.

As an artist, it is important to absorb your art in any way possible. We were given a great gift as actors that as part of our school year we saw at least one theatrical performance a week. I was exposed to a wide variety of theater, from Cirque du Soleil to the Royal Shakespeare Company to an anti-anti-opera at the Royal Opera House. I was given the chance to watch professionals at work and learn from what I found effective in their performances.

 This holistic artistic experience reawakened my passion for theater and propelled my desire to do as much of Shakespeare’s work as I could. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

Photo: Giles with fellow Globe student Jasmine Carmichael in a production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Video by NJ OnStage