Rob Clare Leads Theatre Workshop with Backlight Group

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BackLight Theatre Group, helmed by Devlin Mann and Christina Teague Mann is hard at work bringing global quality theatre work here to Jacksonville. This month they bring longtime associate, Rob Clare to lead workshops on theatre.

The BackLight Theatre Group, an internationally acclaimed theatre and dance company in Jacksonville is bringing Dr. Rob Clare, formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company, a Shakespearean and acting coach to Jacksonville April 12-14.

Topics will include: Intro to approaching Shakespeare, actioning text, physical approaches to (all) acting and demystifying the Shakespearean text....the actor that can do shakes can do anything!! Also, methods of Devised Theatre Practice will be addressed should time allow.

After his visit here, he is going to New York to work with the Actors Center.  He has recently worked on the first ever production of Shakespeare (The Tempest) by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago and often works as a freelance coach with the likes of Liev Schrieber and other stars of both stage and screen.

Devlin Mann is coordinating the visit, and can be reached at

About Rob Clare

Rob Clare trained as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), London, and his various degrees from Oxford University include a doctorate in the practical interpretation of Shakespeare. He acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) for three years, including productions of Lear and Cyrano de Bergerace that toured to Europe and the USA. Subsequent work as an actor and/or director includes seasons with the National Theatre (as a Staff Director), The Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and Compass Theatre (UK national touring). He has taught and directed in numerous leading UK drama schools and training institutions, including the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, The Guildhall School, Shakespeare's Globe (for Rutgers University) and CSSD, where he established the MA Classical Acting course which he also led for its first three years. As a freelance Shakespeare specialist, in recent years, he has worked regularly with the core company of the RSC, most recently doing special text and verse work on Hamlet, and at the Actors Center in New York. As a visiting director at the National School of Drama, New Delhi, he has directed Hindi productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet. He is also Artistic Director of Kestrel Theatre Company and works extensively in British prisons, where his work with political prisoners in Northern Ireland was the subject of the BBC TV documentary Act of Faith. When he is not working on Shakespeare, or in prison, he likes to punish himself by competing in triathlons and climbing mountains.