Dennis Krausnick is a founder of Shakespeare & Company (1978) and has served as its Director of Training for more than fifteen years. Krausnick has been instrumental in creating and developing the Company’s internationally acclaimed actor training programs. He has also developed a number of training programs utilizing theater training methods for corporate and other non-theater clientele. Krausnick holds an MA from St. Louis University and an MFA in Acting from NYU.
As a Designated Linklater voice teacher and diagnostician, Krausnick has collaborated to design and create Executive Training for individual corporate client needs. As a Master Teacher of text, rhetoric and structure of the verse, Krausnick has provided residencies and workshops for theater companies and university theater departments across the country. As a teacher, director or guest-artist, he has worked in theatre training programs across the country including NYU, ACT, Boston University, Emerson College, Wake Forest University, Southern Methodist University, University of Washington, MIT, University of Pittsburgh, University of Tennessee, Chapman University, Bradley University and University of South Carolina. Krausnick is currently writing an actor’s handbook: The First Folio: Unlocking the Actor’s Toolbox.
As a director, his recent Shakespeare credits include Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, Troilus and Cressida, Pericles, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Taming of the Shrew and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III and Titus Andronicus. Other directing credits include Lear and Her Daughters with Olympia Dukakis as Lear, Custom of the Country, Berkeley Square, War Boys, The Inner House, Roman Fever, The Temperate Zone and numerous adaptations for the stage of the fiction work of Edith Wharton. He also directed the award-winning television special about Edith Wharton, Songs from the Heart. Krausnick has adapted the fiction of Edith Wharton and Henry James for the stage creating numerous one-act and full-length plays which have all been produced one or more times at Shakespeare & Company. Many have been produced in other theatres as well. The 2002 season saw a retrospective featuring Krausnick’s Wharton adaptations.
Mr. Krausnick was awarded the 2006 Bingham Chair of Humanities by the University of Louisville in recognition of his accomplishments as a Master Teacher of Shakespeare Performance. He is currently devising a one-man performance piece which has had a dozen workshop performances to date.