Rodney Cottier is the Head of Special Projects and previous Head of Drama School at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art– the world’s oldest drama conservatory. Rodney has thirty-five years experience as a stage director and teacher of stage combat, acting and text at LAMDA, where he has directed twentyfive plays from Shakespeare’s canon. As a fight director, Rodney has worked at Shakespeare’s Globe as Master-of-Fight, choreographing several productions including Mark Rylance’s Hamlet. His Shakespeare Masterclass is interactive, stimulating, and a great deal of fun! Special focus will be given to Act I, Sc. I of King Lear. The lecture is free-of-charge, runs 3 hours, and is geared to all levels of experience, with something in it for everyone – from those just starting out to old pros. All are welcome, and the more who attend, the merrier. No special preparation is required, but if possible, participants should please bring copies of Shakespeare’s complete works, any edition.