Shakespeare Institute for Teachers:
July 16-21, 2007
Campbell, English teacher,
Cumberland Regional High School,
All too often, students
(and some teachers) approach the study of Shakespeare with
trepidation. ShakeFest provides teachers with an
intensive week of hands-on sessions that will banish "ShakesFear"
and excite students about studying the Bard.
|Participating teachers discuss
performance concepts with Artistic Director Bonnie J.
Led by experienced
arts educators, fellow classroom teachers, and professional
actors and directors, the diverse workshops and seminars that
make up ShakeFest are designed to complement your
prior knowledge about the Bard and help you take your teaching
to a whole new level. Extensive classroom practice has shown
that when students get on their feet and "speak the speech,"
they make enormous gains in both enjoyment and understanding
of the text. By participating in ShakeFest , both
elementary and secondary teachers can acquire a myriad of
performance-based techniques to encourage active learning.
We continue to work
in partnership with the renowned Folger Shakespeare Library
to offer local teachers the most interesting and innovative
materials and presenters.
Round Valley Middle School,
about ShakeFest :
- Meals and housing are not provided.
- On-campus housing may be available for an additional
- Free admission to select performances and special
events is included.
- 50+ hours of NJ Professional Development credit will
|Lunch breaks became valuable time
for networking and sharing insights for the 2005 ShakeFest
- Ensemble-Building for the Classroom:
classroom activities to create a sense of ensemble
and enable students who have never been "on stage" to participate
confidently in performance work.
- Myths and Realities of Shakespeare's Stage:
how the stage practices of Shakespeare's time can
inform the teaching of the plays.
- Demystifying Shakespeare's Text:
strategies for approaching blank verse actively,
fearlessly and with understanding.
- Cutting to the Core: the fundamental
questions which theatre professionals ask and answer to
"break open" the text for understanding and performance.
- From Labored Reading to Inspired Performances:
injecting performance aspects into the classroom
so that all students are physically and vocally engaged
in the act of reading the play.
- Getting on Your Feet with Shakespeare:
group exploration of a single monologue as a technique
for launching into the text in an active way.
- Leaving the Desk Behind: methods
for re-conceptualizing Shakespeare in the classroom through
music, contemporary paraphrases and other "hooks" to help
students get into the text.
- Frameworks and Concepts for Ensemble Performance:
experienced classroom teaching artists and
educators discuss methods and strategies for creating adapted,
interdisciplinary Shakespearean performances with groups
of young actors.
be accepted starting January 2007. To receive a complete application
packet, please call 973-408-3980
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
for ShakeFest is provided in part by The George A.
Ohl, Jr. Foundation.