I am Daenerys Stormborn. Your Masters may have told you lies about me, or they may have told you nothing. It does not matter. I have nothing to say to them. I speak only to you. First, I went to Astapor. Those who were slaves in Astapor now stand behind me. Free. Next I went to Yunkai. Those who were slaves in Yunkai now stand behind me. Free. Now I have come to Meereen. I am not your enemy. Your enemy is beside you. Your enemy steals and murders your children. Your enemy has nothing for you but chains and suffering, and commands. I do not bring you commands. I bring you a choice. And I bring your enemies what they deserve.
Shakespeare’s poetry is like a labyrinth. And his verse is so full of twists and turns, which at first can seem confusing and befuddling and intimidating. But, if in preparation on your own, you’ve worked out the route from the outside to the center and you know you have to take this turn and then this turn and then go around the back of this and then come back in this way… If you as an actor know the way through the labyrinth you can lead other people faster and with clarity and with fun.
If you as a teacher don’t know your text inside and out, you can’t teach it to kids. And a good actor can convey much of that. I’ve always maintained my theater experience—what little I have—has helped me more teach Shakespeare and much literature than anything else.