The Training Group


Session 3: “Playing Shakespeare”,
an exploration of verse with Ben Carlson

New year, new session of The Howland Company’s newest initiative – The Training Group. 

  • The Training Group is an opportunity for actors, both emerging and established, to explore seminal plays and the actor’s craft in an intimate training group setting guided by one of Toronto’s leading theatre artists.

Ben Carlson – Actor, Teacher (Stratford, Shaw)

Join us this March for the third session in this exciting new training series, as we explore how we perform Shakespeare’s text by looking to the verse. The Training Group aims to integrate advanced classical text work while engaging participants in active dialogue focusing on exploring the actor’s process. We are honoured to continue the series under the guidance of one of the country’s leading classical stage actors and teachers Ben Carlson.

This intensive 12 hour Training Group will be set up over three Sunday workshop sessions in the month of March.

About the Session:

“The class will focus on playing Shakespeare, specifically the speaking of his text, including but not limited to dialogue, monologue, sonnets and scenes… with an eye towards how Shakespeare gives clues to the discovery of the characters and their actions. The goal is to bring Shakespeare to life for the actor, finding clarity and power in the verse while remaining free to play.”
Ben Carlson

Dates: March 11, 18, 25

  • Sunday, March 11, 2018: 5-9pm
  • Sunday, March 18, 2018: 5-9pm
  • Sunday, March 25, 2018: 5-9pm


Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto

Price: $375

Morning Glory Discount Deadline Wednesday February 21st: $300

Early Bird Discount Deadline Wednesday February 28th: $325

Final Deadline to apply is Monday March 5th.

Applications are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted.

For any questions, please email us at:

This is the third session in an exciting new training series held twice a year.

About Ben Carlson

Ben Carlson is one of the busiest stage actors of his generation. He has worked at nearly all the major regionals in Canada. He has spent 22 years working at two of the largest classical repertory companies in North America, 12 of those years at the Shaw Festival and 10 at the Stratford Festival. He has been celebrated for the clarity and immediacy of his text work. His Shakespeare credits include two Hamlets, one at Stratford, and one at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (for which he won a Joseph Jefferson Award for best performance); Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (for which he won a Canadian Screen Award for the Stratford HD Series filming); Macbeth, Pericles, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Touchstone in As You Like It, Feste in Twelfth Night, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Apemantus in Timon of Athens and many others. He has also done many independent productions, and won a Dora Mavor Moore award for his portrayal of Torvald Helmer in Ibsen’s The Doll’s House for Theatre DVxT in Toronto. In the summer of 2018 he will be playing Macbeth again, this time for Bard On The Beach in Vancouver, as well as Jaques in As You Like It. He has numerous film and television credits, and will be seen in the feature film the On The Basis Of Sex in winter 2018. He has coached independently and taught for the Stratford Birmingham Conservatory.



Past Training Group Sessions & Instructors:

Session 1: Strengthening the Actor’s Process with Nancy Palk – Exploring Ibsen’s A Doll’s House

Session 2: Contemporary Canadian Monologues, a scene study approach with Ken Gass

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