By Danielle Drakes
“High School teachers, you are the keepers of the flame.” – Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education
Earlier this month, the Folger Shakespeare Library collaborated with WQED’s August Wilson Project on a event sponsored by PNC Bank focused on teaching August Wilson and William Shakespeare right alongside.
The day included:
Building the Instructor’s Library: Key References for Teaching August Wilson. Presentation by Dr. Sandra G. Shannon, Founder of the August Wilson Society and Professor, Department of English, Howard University.
Wilson and Shakespeare in Your Classroom. Presentation and Resource Packet by Teaching Shakespeare Institute alums Mark Miazga (2008) and Amber Phelps (2012), Teachers of English, Baltimore City College High School, Baltimore, MD.
Reflections and Perspectives on Wilson. Q & A with Riley Temple, Lawyer, Activist, and Co-Founder of True Colors Theatre Company.
Two Bards Ranting. An active language workshop using text from Wilson’s King Hedley II and Shakespeare’s Hamlet led by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Playwright and Professor of Theatre, American University.
Documentary screening: August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand. Introduced by Deesha Philyaw, Manager, The August Wilson Education Project.
Are you teaching Wilson and Shakespeare, let us know!
Want to know more? Check out Teaching Shakespeare Institute alum Mark Miazga’s wrap up, Epiphany in Baltimore.
Stay tuned for digital versions of our resources from this amazing day of professional learning!
Danielle Drakes is a theater practitioner in Washington, DC and manager of school programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library.