Tag Archives: Teaching

No Substitute for Shakespeare

While recently travelling to speak at an English teacher’s convention on the use of Shakespeare’s works in the elementary school classroom, I spent the day before my trip frantically writing plans for my substitute teacher. My fifth and sixth-grade students had recently been studying A Midsummer Night’s Dream to prepare for an upcoming production they […]

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A Dramaturge in Your Ear (video)

How good is your own theatrical imagination as you read a play by Shakespeare or one of his contemporaries? Have you ever wondered how to communicate the possibilities of live theatre to other people, perhaps a group of students? Have you ever wondered where to look for guidance before directing or acting in a play? […]

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When Words Fail, Shakespeare Speaks Up

The daunting task of memorizing lengthy passages of text is a legitimate challenge that all actors, particularly Shakespearean ones, must endure in preparation for a performance.  For some, this can be a mere inconvenience or something one reluctantly accepts as a part of suffering for their art.  To others it can be a complete deterrent […]

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“What news on the Rialto?”

I have news this week from Cambridge UK, and Cambridge USA. James Stredder, author of the super book “The Northface of Shakespeare: Activities for Teaching the Plays” has just sent me some information about a conference taking place in September that will be of special interest to teachers. The three day interdisciplinary conference titled “Shakespeare: […]

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“Words. Words. Words”

The Centre has been a hive of activity this week with students from around the country debating all things Shakespearian in our “Great Shakespeare Debate”, run in collaboration with The English Speaking Union.  Our teaching rooms, corridors and stairwells have been humming with the buzz and whistle of racing minds, and tripping tongues. The students […]

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