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Monthly Archives: May 2012

Big Drama. Better Writing.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32oQvMusxac] An ad released today for Minnesota’s Great River Shakespeare Festival parodies Bravo’s plethora of “Real Housewives” with their summer lineup of Shakespearean leading ladies. On the surface, it’s just good fun – Lady M tearing up that there is more to her than just being “evil,” Goneril throwing a hissy fit about being… Continue Reading »

As Schoolboys from their Books

The end of the school year is ticking ever-nearer. Final papers and projects are turned in, you’re running low on time to grade them, and even lower on ideas for classroom activities that are simultaneously not movies or graded projects while report cards are finalized and the students are still in class. Whatever the case, perhaps these… Continue Reading »

"My love is thine to teach: teach it but how,

And thou shalt see how apt it is to learn” ~Much Ado About Nothing Act I, Scene i. Yesterday Carol Ann and I got to lead a School Visit Workshop which I had been looking forward to since winter. I don’t usually get to lead this program, as it’s one the Docents have ably developed… Continue Reading »

The Globe to Globe Festival on Your Computer

As I mentioned in my post, “Oh, to Be in England” on May 3,  Shakespeare’s Globe is presenting a marathon of 37 plays with acting companies from around the world. But if you can’t get to the Globe to Globe Festival, there is now an alternative. A UK site called The Space is running  full-length videos of them… Continue Reading »

Thematic Shakespeare

I’ve written about student festivals before, but I want to come back to the topic again and,  this time, look at the thematic lines being explored by students and teachers in their festival performances.  Recently, I attended Shakesperience: NJ at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Two days of absolute delight watching students engage the… Continue Reading »

"Have I had children's voices?"

I’ll admit. I was wary of my first Children’s Festival. And each year I’m still a little wary. I know they can do it. They know they can do it. But will they do it? Will they speak the speech? And every time I am pleasantly surprised. Yesterday we had a 9 year-old Lear who… Continue Reading »

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

I’d like to dedicate today’s blog post to recognizing YOU, Educators. May 7-11 is Teacher Appreciation Week in the US. Maybe some of you have some fresh, shiny apples on your desk as a show of appreciation from your students! We appreciate your hard work collecting materials and resources for your classroom – however big… Continue Reading »

Oh, to Be in England…

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival features more Shakespeare than has ever been assembled anywhere.


Sometimes before jumping into the physical art of performance, we like to explore other media with students to expand their discussion of Shakespeare. We’ve mentioned the myriad of ways students approach an Illumination Project in our High School Fellowship Program, shown you examples of “remixing” Shakespeare’s text with audio effects, tried our hand at animating… Continue Reading »