"If it be love indeed, tell me
Cleopatra, Antony and Cleopatra, Act 1 Scene 1
Winner of the 2020 Laurence Olivier Award, Best Entertainment or Comedy Play
Vaudeville Theatre, West End, London; Emilia (Director)
Christine is a remarkable text specialist - I wouldn’t do an early modern text project without her. Her insights are invaluable and her skills and abilities with actors are second to none. Highly recommend!
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse; Edward II (Mortimer Junior)
Christine is phenomenal at accessing the text. Her keen insights and depth of knowledge are vital tools when preparing for performance.
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Shakespeare’s Globe, London; Associate and Theatre Director
Christine is a superb teacher - practical, playful, and open-hearted. Demystifies Shakespeare and leads you by the hand through all his labyrinthine complexities.
Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival; Executive Director
Christine Schmidle is invaluable in helping actors connect deeply with complex and obscure texts. She is able to coach them not only for their own understanding, but helps actors communicate to the audience with ease and clarity.
Every show Christine coaches for the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival receives comments of disbelief from audience members who found Shakespeare previously inscrutable.
She is also friendly, easy to talk to, and a consummate professional. Hiring Christine to text coach is a financial investment that ensures your actors and audience will keep coming back year after year.
Shakespeare's Globe, London; The White Devil (Isabella)
Perth Theatre; Richard III (Lady Anne)
Christine’s support on verse proved and remains invaluable. I have been fortunate to have experienced Christine’s expertise on two professional productions. I have no hesitation contacting Christine for any future engagement, she has a knack of making the words fit the mouth of any actor via rigorous research and explanation. Her knowledge and expertise is reassuring, not intimidating and her passion contagious. Her desire for the actor to deliver with meaning and truth underpins her practice and makes her an ‘actor’s coach’ - she simply ‘gets it’ and allows you to leave ‘with it’.
Shakespeare's Globe, London; Twelfth Night (Viola)
I had the pleasure of working Christine at the Globe Theatre whilst doing Twelfth Night in 2017. She was an incredible help in enabling me to unlock and connect with Shakespeare’s words by simplifying it and demystifying it in a really playful way.
GUSTAVO A. FLORES
Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival; As You Like It (Touchstone)
and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck)
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Christine for three productions now, and each time I was blown away with her insight. She brings with her a well of knowledge as well as professionality without making lessons and text work intimidating. Even as an actor who feels confident in digging through the text of a Shakespeare play, I know there will be moments in verse and meanings that will slip past; sometimes small moments, sometimes big, but both equally crucial. Working with Christine, I know there will be no missed moments.
I highly recommend her services to anyone who recognizes the need to go the extra mile.
Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival; Hamlet (Hamlet)
and Twelfth Night (Viola)
Christine is truly a joy to work with. Enlightening, approachable, and an unbelievable wealth of knowledge. I have fun and learn so much every single session.
Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival; Twelfth Night (Malvolio)
and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Bottom)
Working on text with Christine is positively euphoric. She mines the words and ideas with profound intellect. Watching her in action is an extremely exciting experience.
Shakespeare's Globe, London; Richard III (Co-Director)
I watched the performance of Richard last night and thought Nina was absolutely phenomenal as [Queen] Elizabeth. There was such depth of feeling, it literally gave me goosebumps! [The actor and the character] were shining together, through each other. Thank you so much for working your magic!