An actor-friendly explanation of the skills necessary to act Shakespeare's texts with precision, sensitivity and power. It is written by director and acting teacher, Wesley Van Tassel, and is designed for professional actors in stage and film, theatre students, and anyone who enjoys acting, directing or reading Shakespeare. It seeks to create a bridge from realism to heightened text, enabling actors to conquer the challenges of Shakespeare through mastery of the language. Extensive exercises move beyond traditional voice work to teach the specific skills vital to effective delivery. Detailed explanations and easy-to-follow exercises cover the intricacies of breathing, scansion, phrasing, rhythm, antithesis, imagery, text analysis, acting objectives and more. There is a one-day brush-up section providing solutions for working actors' immediate concerns, and expanded skill practice sections for long-term learning.