OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL, Ashland, OR

Writing

2005 Curriculum design for the 2006 season

School Visit Program:

Through this program elementary, middle, and high school students see and hear works of Shakespeare and other great writers presented in ways that relate to their experiences and engage their imaginations. This is one of the largest and most well regarded theatre outreach programs in the country.

· co-authored (with staff artist/educator Kirsten Giroux) These Foolish Things, a 45-minute performance piece for two actors exploring the function of the fool in history and in Shakespeare’s plays, including The Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentleman of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear, and As You Like It. 

· co-authored Fooling Around With Shakespeare’s Language, a workshop in which students develop an understanding of the way Shakespeare uses language and specific word choice to create character, social status and setting in a play.

In-Residence Program:

A program for middle and high school students who attend productions at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, these 2-hour workshops provide a context for and further consideration of the mainstage Shakespeare play and the season as a thematic whole.

· co-authored The Winter’s Tale Workshop, an on-your-feet, hands-on class in which students look at—and play with—the language Shakespeare uses to create the world of the play, the actions and motivations of the characters, as well as possible themes or patterns in the story.

· co-authored The Mask Without and The Mask Within, a workshop in which students are encouraged to recognize and explore—in physical, visual, and audial terms—the presence of masks in art and life, both literal and metaphorical, and to use that awareness as a lens through which to view the plays in the 2006 OSF season (The Winter’s Tale, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bus Stop, Up, Intimate Apparel, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cyrano, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, King John, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde). 

 

2004 Curriculum design for the 2005 season

School Visit Program: 

· co-authored (with staff artist/educator Kirsten Giroux) a 45-minute version of Richard III for two actors.

· co-authored Inside the Mind of Richard III, a workshop in which students experience—in physical as well as audial terms—the character and language of Shakespeare’s Richard III, specifically the movement of Richard’s mind in the opening soliloquy.

 

In Residence Program: 

· co-authored Richard III: A Country, A Family, and a Man Divided, a workshop for students to explore and understand the historical context in which Richard III takes place, with particular focus on conflicts within England, the Royal House of York, and Richard Plantagenet as represented in the text.

· co-authored The Hero’s Journey, a workshop in which students explore and gain an understanding of the dramatic structure known as The Hero’s Journey in order to use that structure as a lens with which to view the plays in the 2005 OSF season (Richard III, Love’s Labors Lost, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Room Service, The Belle’s Stratagem, The Philanderer, Doctor Faustus, Twelfth Night).

Teaching

 

2005, 2004, 2003 Summer Seminar for High School Juniors 

This two-week, in-residence program (founded by Paul Barnes and now led by OSF Education Director Joan Langley) offers sixty-five students from all over the country the opportunity to come to Ashland and experience all aspects of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's operation. The goal of the program is to develop students who will return to their final year of high school as leaders in their chosen field.

· developed and taught the following courses:  

Great Expectations: an exploration of how expectation influences our encounters with art (both process and product) and with each other.

Creative Criticism: a course for developing an awareness of criticism as instinct as well as essential ingredient for artistic growth.

· co-taught the following workshops: 

Objectives: using physical exercises and text exploration of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to deepen an understanding of the value of objectives as a building block of acting. 

R&J: a three-hour intensive workshop using the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet to foster a physical understanding of the necessity of commitment and specificity in speaking a dramatic text. 

Ensemble: developing an ensemble of artists through physical and textual exploration of various Greek dramatic works.

2001 Ashland Schools Project:

In schools tour and workshop for students 3rd through 8th grade

· co-adapted (with artist/educator Kirsten Giroux) Shakespeare's The Tempest for two actors.

· performed this adaptation for all 3rd - 5th graders within the Ashland School District.

· co-developed, with OSF's education department, The Magic Trunk Workshop, an exploration of the theatrical production process with The Tempest, past and present, as its focus.

· co-taught The Magic Trunk Workshop for all 5th graders within the Ashland School District.