My name is Richard Kenyon, and I am a fervent advocate for enriching the lives of students and educators through the timeless works of William Shakespeare. My methodology is straightforward yet profound: empower students to harness their voices to explore and comprehend Shakespeare’s works, thereby discovering facets of themselves in the process.

With over three decades of experience as an actor, director, acting coach, and Shakespeare specialist, I employ the First Folio as an essential tool for deeper understanding. I firmly believe that the most effective way for students to learn Shakespeare is through active engagement—get it on it's feet, hear it and personally engage with the Bard’s words.

I have been dedicated to teaching Shakespeare and conducting acting workshops for the past 30 years across Canada and the United States. My training includes esteemed institutions such as Niagara College, the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, and the University of Calgary in Canada, as well as Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA in the United States. I have also pursued advanced studies online at Harvard University, including the course “Shakespeare’s Life and Work” led by renowned Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt.

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of directing 32 of Shakespeare’s plays, working with students, actors, and professionals alike. Some of my favorite plays to teach are Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet. I have performed in the complete repertoire of Shakespeare’s plays, some of my favorites include Richard III, Henry V, Mercutio, Hamlet, Macbeth, and Marc Antony in both Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra.

Currently, I serve as a private acting coach in Hollywood and hold the position of Artist in Residence at The Shakespeare Villa in Pasadena, California.

My expertise includes the Linklater method of voice training, “Freeing The Natural Voice,” in which I am very familiar. I frequently incorporate Kristin Linklater’s techniques into my workshops, details of which are listed below. For inquiries about pricing, please contact me at

The time I touched the First Folio. Aug 9-2019

Richard Kenyon

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Two wonderful honors which I have been presented with from The Shakespeare Club, Honored Friend 2018-19 and just recently Honored Gentlemen 2024.

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On set for Abby

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Bumblebee World Premiere

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Ready Player One World Premiere

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