“People are often saying, ‘Shakespeare is so modern.’ But I actually think we’re still catching up.”
Rob Clare was originally an actor with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), then a Staff Director at the UK National Theatre, and Associate Artistic Director
of the major UK touring company, Compass. Becoming increasingly interested in differing approaches to working with Shakespeare’s texts, he completed a doctorate in the subject at Oxford University, and has since become an
internationally recognized Shakespeare specialist. He has worked in numerous training institutions within the UK, and established the MA Classical Acting course at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, which he also led for its first three years.
Since resuming his freelance career he has directed and/or taught Shakespeare in Ireland, Austria, Germany, Australia, China, and the USA. In India, he directed Hindi productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius
Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. Before moving to the US, he worked regularly for almost a decade as a freelance specialist verse and text coach with the RSC’s
core acting ensemble, leading annual workshops and masterclasses, and working in and alongside rehearsals for productions of Richard III, Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V and Hamlet. In the US he has been visiting
faculty at The Juilliard School, Yale Drama, Brown, USC Los Angeles, CSU Long Beach and NYU Tisch (both graduate and undergraduate acting). He has also
directed productions of As You Like It (Antaeus Theatre Company, Los Angeles), Cymbeline (New Orleans Shakespeare Festival), Twelfth Night and The Merry
Wives of Windsor (American Shakespeare Center, Staunton VA), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 (Marin Shakespeare Company), King
Lear (Luna Stage, Orange NJ), The Winter’s Tale (Hang A Tale Productions, NYC), As You Like It (Kentucky Shakespeare), Richard III (Idaho Shakespeare
Festival), Pericles (USC Los Angeles), and The Duchess of Malfi (CSU Long Beach). He has worked regularly at the NYC Actors Center, the Academy for Classical Acting in Washington DC, and with the acclaimed Steppenwolf Theater Company, Chicago, for whose ensemble he led Shakespeare workshops, and also provided specialized verse and text work for Tina Landau’s production of
He is married to the actress Reiko Aylesworth, and they now live in Pasadena CA, with their son, Andre.
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