The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
For the classroom – For the stage
August 05–10, 2013
Led by Kevin G. Coleman
This workshop for teachers and teaching artists introduces Shakespeare & Company’s rationale and strategies for creating dynamic, engaging experiences of Shakespeare in the classroom.
Rather than “cover” the material in the classroom we create activities that compel students to: “uncover” their personal connections to the characters and relationships; to “discover” genuine and rigorous connections to the big ideas and big feelings in the text; and finally, by walking away with Shakespeare’s story as a part of themselves, to “recover” the 400-year-old script.
Download the Registration Form (PDF)
TO GET MORE INFORMATION:
please contact Alexandra Lincoln, 413-637-1199, ext. 131
The five day workshop includes:
- 30-plus hours of Professional Development credit
- Handouts of strategies and rationale for all activities presented, cut script of Romeo and Juliet
- Optional evening class to address the violence in Shakespeare’s tragedies through hands-on activities, suitable to the classroom and student productions
- Optional evening class on a new model for directing student productions
- Tickets to two of Shakespeare & Company’s summer season productions: Love’s Laboour’s Lost and Heroes (Wednesday and Thursday evenings)
- Welcoming dinner on Monday evening
While we explore the particular elements at play in Romeo and Juliet, the techniques and strategies you’ll experience can be used to teach any of Shakespeare’s plays or other dramatic or poetic material. Participating in this workshop can reinvent what is possible in a classroom, rekindle a teacher’s deep love for teaching, and help students to own, appreciate – even delight in the plays of Shakespeare.
This workshop is designed for teachers, teaching artist and directors who:
- are sometimes daunted when teaching Shakespeare’s plays, or are undaunted but looking for new strategies
- want their students to experience his plays as thrilling adventures and personally meaningful
- seek active techniques for making the plays come outrageously alive in their classroom.
- Enjoy learning in a vibrant arts and cultural setting
- Want to earn professional development points toward re-certification
This workshop provides:
- a range of activities for creating dynamic, engaging experiences of Shakespeare in the classroom
- tools to bring the plays alive through multiple levels of participation by students
- ways to help students make personal connections to characters and authentically explore relationships in the play
- strategies to genuinely connect with the big ideas and big feelings in the text
- the ability for students to walk away with Shakespeare’s story and language as a part of themselves
Please bring with you
- a Complete Works of William Shakespeare
- a notebook or journal
- 5 plus lines of Shakespeare text that hold personal significance for you and that you know by heart from any of Shakespeare’s plays
- clothes and shoes that allow you to be physically active
- a water bottle; water is always available , but we do not provide paper cups
- a willingness and openness to engage Shakespeare’s texts intellectually, imaginatively, physically, vocally and emotionally.
Classes and activities take place during mornings and afternoons and some evenings. Other evenings during the week are free time. In the course of the week, workshop participants will attend two plays – Love’s Labour’s Lost and Heroes – at Shakespeare & Company. Our schedule is designed to provide time for other optional Shakespeare & Company productions (available with a 20% teacher discount) and other local performances and attractions.
See our summer season brochure
Housing and Meals
Private rooms in onsite Company housing with shared bath. Accommodations are in Greater Grace Manor in Lee, MA, 5 miles from the Shakespeare & Company property. A Spouse, partner or adult guest in same room with participant costs an additional $25 per night. Pillows, sheets, blankets, wash cloth and 1 towel are provided for each person.
Meals are served in the Lawrence Hall Dining Room at Shakespeare & Company. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated if noted on the back of your registration form.
Company Housing at Shakespeare & Company (Optional):
- Arrive August 5, depart August 10 = $125 (5 nights)
- Arrive August 5, depart August 11 = $150 (6 nights)
Company Meal Plans (optional):
Served in Lawrence Hall Dining Room at Shakespeare & Company
- Company Meal Plan A: (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners) = $120
- Company Meal Plan B: (4 lunches, 5 dinners) = $95
Total refund of tuition paid is available if the participant notifies Shakespeare & Company in writing more than 30 days prior to the start of the program. Participant receives 50% reimbursement if notification of withdrawal from program is received prior to two weeks of the start of the program. No refunds given within 14 days of start of program.
If you have any questions about this workshop please contact Alexandra Lincoln, 413-637-1199, ext. 131