East End Disability Associates will present “The Shakespeare Project’ performance workshop Thursday and Friday, Aug. 22 and 23, at noon at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead. The workshop will explore elements of comedy and tragedy in Shakespeare’s works.

The program features participants working alongside professional actors, dancers, directors and theater designers. They received acting, voice and music classes taught by EEDA staff and professional acting teachers. The group has performed full-scale productions at The Gateway Playhouse and professional sets at Vail-Leavitt Music Hall.

“The acting skills we are trying to teach are about expression, and how beyond just words we use our bodies and our voices and our faces to communicate. With Shakespeare, you really have to hit those non-verbal cues to translate the story,” said Matthew Kuriloff, manager of creative arts.

Admission is free. For more information, visit https://www.eed-a.org/events.html.

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