Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Curriculum Design : 2006 Season

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(with staff artist/educator Kirsten Giroux)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).


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, includingThe Merry Wives of Windsor, Two Gentleman of Verona, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, King Lear,andAs 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.