Hone your skills with Scena Mundi

A steadfastly historical production which champions the poetry at the piece’s heart
— The Stage, Richard II


Classical acting requires specific skills and some performers find it quite daunting, preferring to avoid auditions rather than tackle those dreaded monologues. Classical texts can be difficult to understand and not all actors feel confident when it comes to working on them.

At Scena Mundi, classical acting is our speciality and we know what skills the actor should have in his/her toolkit. We are good at sharing our expertise and can help you acquire those skills and give your career a boost.

Cecilia Dorland, our Artistic Director, is a stage director and a Shakespearean scholar. She studied English (PhD - La Sorbonne) and Classical Acting (MA -Royal Central School of Speech and Drama) and after working at Shakespeare's Glob for two years as a researcher and text consultant for actors, she founded Scena Mundi. Since then she has directed many critically acclaimed classical plays, from traditional versions of TS Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral and Shakespeare's Richard II to a 1920's inspired Volpone, or The Fox and a 1980's Edward II. Her dual expertise means that she works very closely with the text and brings her literary understanding into the performance of the actors she directs.

• summer shakespeare masterclass retreat, france •

shakespeare from page to stage

An exploration of Shakespearean text for professional actors, tutors and students of Shakespeare.

Join us in beautiful Brittany for a week of workshops and classes.

Whether you are an actor, a director, a scholar, a teacher, a student or simply a lover of all things Shakespearean, this week of in-depth exploration and study in a friendly, stimulating and caring environment will be immensely rewarding.

You will explore the wonderful world of Shakespearean performance with stage director Cecilia Dorland (Scena Mundi, The Globe, UCL) and Emerita Professor Gisèle Venet (Sorbonne University and Chief Editor of The Complete Works of Shakespeare for French publisher La Pléiade-Gallimard). One or two professional UK trained actors will also be at hand to share their expertise and facilitate the work.

The classes will be conducted mainly in English. You will follow a programme of group classes (no more than six participants) in drama and literature and get personal attention and feedback.

The intensive week of masterclasses will be run from a charming sea-front house on the coast of Brittany.

For  more details, a full programme and to book, click here.



Our private drama classes offer one-on-on tuition on approach to text and specific guidance for auditions with Artistic Director Cecilia Dorland.

Cecilia took me from aspiring drama school graduate to receiving glowing reviews a the lead role in Scena Mundi’s acclaimed production of Richard II. I now feel confident to go into any classical theatre audition knowing I am well prepared.
— Pip Brignall
Pip Brignall leads the cast as King Richard and I can honestly say that this ranks as one of the best performances of Shakespeare I have ever seen.
— The Theatre Tourist, Richard II

• group classes •

The dynamic was just right
— Everything Theatre, Edward II

In our group classes you will have the opportunity to do scene workshops, working with other actors to perfect the all important skill of speaking Shakespearean dialogue naturally and confidently; textual exploration, developing the crucial tools needed to dissect and fully understand classical text and the skills of classical drama.

For more information or to book a session, contact Cecilia at info@scenamundi.co.uk