We're honored to serve as the community partner in a Plymouth State University Deans' Initiative bringing distinguished actor Christian Camargo to the Plymouth area for a three-day residency, September 18-20.

Christian will work with students in multiple PSU courses and will also lead a series of evening master classes, discussions and workshops on the craft of acting and the exploration of text. The evening programs are all open to community members of high school age and older.

All community programs will take place in the Hage Room, Hartman Union Building, at PSU. Preregistration is encouraged. If you would like to attend a workshop but the fee is a hardship, you are welcome to pay what you can or come as our guest.

There are also several opportunities for high-school students to participate in a program with Christian during the school-day. Please contact us at 323-7302 (email programs@aannh.org) to learn more.

Public Events

4:00 - 5:30 p.m., Monday, September 18

Reading & Performing Shakespeare: A Workshop for Educators & Drama Coaches
Fee: $20, $15 Educators from AANNH Member Schools/Orgs, $10 AANNH Individual Members

Christian Camargo has performed in many Shakespeare plays around the world, working with directors including Sam Mendes, Mark Rylance and Trevor Nunn. Of him and his wife, Juliet Rylance, Jeffrey Horowitz wrote, "They build from the language. They articulate it in a natural, live way. It's a great gift."

In this workshop Christian will guide participants in exploring the thrill and challenge of learning to "Speak the speech...trippingly on the tongue" -- discussing rhythm, iambic meter and verse.

Register here.

6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 19

This informal conversation offers a chance for community members as well as theater people to meet Christian and learn about the professional's world on stage and screen. Come prepared to ask probing questions about the craft of the player and the challenges of production. How does the actor prepare? Is the professional world really that different from drama school or community performances? Open to the entire community -- theater people and theater lovers of any age.
$5 suggested donation.


ACTOR'S WORKSHOPS: Register for 1, 2 or all 3

Register here.

All workshops are free to PSU faculty & students.

Fees: $20 for 1 workshop, $35 for 2, $45 for 3 
Representatives of AANNH member schools/organizations: $15 for 1 workshop, $25 for 2, $35 for 3

Individual AANNH members; $10 for 1 workshop, $20 for 2, $30 for 3
Students (high-school & non-PSU college students): $10 for 1 workshop, $15 for 2, $20 for 3.

Cost should not be a barrier: partial scholarships available for all who need them -- contact us to arrange.
Not sure about your membership status? Contact us to check.

7:00 - 9 p.m., Monday, September 18

The Actor and the Player

Want a drama class from a world-class professional actor, director, and screenwriter? Be prepared to have fun and learn the dangers of “acting” versus the excitement of play.  We will explore, observe, move, connect. Come prepared to grapple with the kinds of engagement that true actors learn both in drama school and in professional companies on the world stage.  This two-hour workshop is open to high school students through adults, as well as members of PSU and the general public.

7:30 - 9 p.m., Tuesday, September 19

Actor's Workshop: From Mask to Character

Through the classic three masks that each of us wears, this 90-minute workshop will explore the ways through which an actor can arrive at the truth about a role or character. Participants will have the opportunity to put on and utilize these masks to learn and be guided into an understanding and appreciation of the actor's journey. This workshop is open to all who are serious about their desire to explore acting, whether as amateurs or professionals. 

6:30 - 8 p.m., Wednesday, September 20

Player's Shakespeare

Too many of us find Shakespeare’s plays intimidating. We’re told that he’s a great playwright, but we personally find his texts dense, strange and boring -- all of that “old English stuff.” In this workshop, participants will be encouraged through play, and through having fun, to engage in the joy of discovery. This session will introduce a players’ Shakespeare where we break down our preconceived notions of the “Great Bard” and grow perhaps a bit more comfortable playing around with "Billy Boy."  Open to students (high school and older) and any interested theater folks..

About Christian

Christian Camargo most recently starred in the Royal Court’s sold-out production of The Kid Stays in the Picture in London, as Pericles in Trevor Nunn’s New York production of Shakespeare’s Pericles, and as Mercutio with Orlando Bloom in Romeo and Juliet in New York. The New York Times called his performance “virtually perfect” as the lead in New York’s Theater for a New Audience’s production of Hamlet, where Camargo won an Obie award. Other roles have included the acclaimed revival of All My Sons on Broadway and The Bridge Project’s productions of The Tempest and As You Like It.  

Classically trained at Juilliard, he’s been seen on film in the Academy Award-winning The Hurt Locker, Breaking Dawn 1 & 2, and in many other roles. On TV, Camargo is known for playing Rudy Cooper the “Ice-Truck Killer” in Dexter

In addition to his acting, Carmargo has worked with school groups in theater and English literature classes and has brought acting to ex-military suffering from PTSD, exploring the intersections between the worlds of healthy affirmation and the struggles of living with illness. All his work celebrates the vibrant life of the spoken word.