“How Do You Act Shakespeare?” – A Free Panel Discussion


  • Sunday, March 17th at 2:00 pm
  • Mission Valley Library
    2123 Fenton Pkwy, San Diego, CA 92108 (click for map)

Topics to include:

  • Rehearsing Shakespeare
  • Auditioning for Shakespeare plays
  • Voice training
  • Verse and Prose
  • Transporting the time and place of the plays
  • Doing research and the director’s vision


David Ellenstein has been the Artistic Director of North Coast Repertory Theatre since 2003. Before joining North Coast Rep, he served as Artistic Director for the Los Angeles Repertory Company and the Arizona Jewish Theatre Company. He has worked as a director and actor with leading theatre companies across the country for more than four decades. David has also been guest faculty for numerous universities including California State Northridge, Cal Arts, and Shakespeare workshops privately.

Patricia Elmore CostaPatricia Elmore Costa is a professional actor, director, producer, and educator of theatre and communication arts. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the San Diego Actors Theatre. Her site-specific theatre projects have included such diverse locations as SD Museum of Art Gallery, and various other art galleries in San Diego and La Jolla. She designed over five Shakespeare engagement programs for GATE and SD City and County Schools and has performed in many Shakespeare plays in Chicago (Measure for Measure) and San Diego (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, As You Like It).

David Huber is a professional actor, teaching artist and coach. He has been the Resident Voice/Text/Dialects Coach at the Old Globe Theatre since 2014 in addition to working as a voice/dialects coach at the La Jolla Playhouse and Diversionary Theatre. He has taught at York University, PCPA Theaterfest, UCSD, MiraCosta College, Grossmont College and Mesa College. David has been a professional actor for over 30 years, performed at theatres across the country and has been performing, researching and plumbing the depths of Shakespeare since his mid-teens to today. MFA – USD/The Old Globe Theatre.

Tami Curtice has been performing in the theater since 2002, playing roles including the Wicked Witch of the West in, The Wizard of Oz, Bonnie In Anything Goes, and Lady MacDuff in more than one production of the Scottish play. She was a presenter in the most recent 2018 Celebrity Shakespeare Sonnets, honoring Jonathan McMurtry, at the Old Globe Theater. She has been blessed to be a student of Jonathan McMurtry.

Connie Boyd taught Drama and English for 28 years at San Pasqual High School. She took students to Fullerton, Thespians, Drama Teachers Association of Southern California, and English Speaking Union Shakespeare competitions. They performed in in-classroom presentations of poetry and short scenes. She has directed and acted at Patio Playhouse  for 33 years.


Darryl Woodson (moderator) is the President, San Diego Shakespeare Society and a 2017 Star award honoree, San Diego Performing Arts League. He was an actor and stage manager for National Tours for  New Shakespeare Company of San Francisco 1970-73. He received a Training Congress Scholarship, American Conservatory Theater San Francisco. And he has acted with the American Conservatory Theater, the Eureka Theater San Francisco, and the Colony Theater, Los Angeles.


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