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, teaching artists and directors introduces Shakespeare & Company’s rationale and strategies for creating dynamic, engaging experiences of Shakespeare in the classroom–and on the stage.
This workshop is designed for classroom teachers, teaching artists and those who want to direct student productions of Shakespeare.
This workshop lays out the underlying rationale and the various teaching and directing strategies we use to create more dynamic and personally engaging experiences of Shakespeare in the classroom — and on stage.
This workshop offers tools and activities to help students make deeper visceral connections to better experience the big ideas and big feelings Shakespeare expresses in the text.
This workshop is all about moving, dancing, fighting, thinking, feeling, listening, speaking, imagining and breathing.
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The six day workshop includes:
- 36 hours of Professional Development credit
- Handouts of strategies and rationale for all activities presented
- Generous time for observations, questions and discussion
- Cut script for Romeo and Juliet (90 minutes — other 90-minute scripts available)
- Tickets for Tuesday evening A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Mount, outdoor production).
- Tickets for Thursday evening Love’s Labour’s Lost (Tina Packer Playhouse, mainstage)
- Optional Wednesday evening performances: Mother Courage (Tina Packer Playhouse, mainstage) or Heroes (with Q&A, Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre). Tickets required.
- Optional Friday evening performance: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre). Ticket required.
- Optional Friday evening class: Directing Student Productions
- Free evenings Monday (after dinner), Wednesday (vs. optional plays), Friday (vs. optional play or class).
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 Romeo and Juliet
- clothes and shoes that allow you to be physically active
- 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 this week are free time. Participants will attend two productions: Love’s Labour’s Lost (Tina Packer Playhouse, mainstage) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Mount, outdoors). Our schedule provides time for other optional Shakespeare & Company productions (available with a 20% teacher discount) as well as other local performances and attractions. Or just take the evening off.
Housing and Meals
Private rooms in onsite Company housing (Lawrence Hall) with shared bath. Our housing facilities are extremely modest–think “camping”. 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