Archive for January, 2014

TeachersLocal teachers as well as educators from across the country came to New York City this week for a special Twelfth Night workshop.  The workshop was sponsored by the English-Speaking Union and teamed the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC with Shakespeare’s Globe in London.


The current Broadway production of Twelfth Night was the catalyst for the workshop, but the star is the bringing together of two esteemed educational organizations – Shakespeare’s Globe and the Folger Shakespeare Library – to provide the best in global Shakespeare education for American teachers.”
– Carol Losos, ESU Director of Educational Programs

Twelth Night posterTeachers attended the Shakespeare’s Globe all-male production of Twelfe Night or What You Will  now on Broadway (starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry).  The production allowed them to view traditional Renaissance practices, including the pre-show rituals of the actors dressing and preparing their makeup on stage in front of the audience.  The show also included authentic costumes and musical instruments of Shakespeare’s era. There were even real, burning candles onstage!  The teachers were also treated to an exclusive talk-back after the show with the actors.

I really appreciate the opportunity you gave us to see the play (with great seats, I might add), speak to the actors, and attend a dynamic workshop the next day.
– Morgan Lloyd (The Bishop’s School, La Jolla, CA)

Teachers up on their feet with ColinA follow-up workshop the next day featured performance-based activities exploring Twelfth Night and provided Globe Education and Folger Education curriculum methods and materials for classroom use.  The workshop was led by Colin Hurley (Globe Education Master Practitioner and Sir Toby in Twelfth Night) and Michael LoMonico (Folger’s Senior Consultant on National Education).  Teachers learned new ways to engage their students in the play by performing lines, creating prompt books, editing scenes and practicing nonverbal activities.

Discover what it could be, rather than decide what it is.”
– Colin Hurley (Shakespeare’s Globe)

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Since 2000, the English-Speaking Union has partnered with Globe Education to provide US middle and high school teachers with dynamic, performance-based professional development in its three-week course Teaching Shakespeare Through Performanceat Shakespeare’s Globe in London, England.  Many of the teachers have attended on full ESU British University Summer School (BUSS) Fellowships from their local ESU Branches.  Since 2010, the ESU and the Folger Shakespeare Library have brought performance-based, professional development workshops closer to home through two-day Shakespeare Set Free Institutes in ESU Branches communities across the United States.




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Twelfth Night celebration at Shakespeare’s Globe in London
Photo Credit: The Independent

Yesterday was Twelfth Night (the conclusion of the Twelve Days of Christmas). Long forgotten in the United States, this final night of merrymaking (complete with feasting, dancing, practical jokes and playacting) is still celebrated in the UK.  No wonder the Bard’s comedy, Twelfth Night, was written for this festive occasion.  Want to get in on the fun? Here are some ways you can still celebrate using Shakespeare’s play:

P.S. We’re celebrating by hosting a workshop on Twelfth Night with Shakespeare’s Globe and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

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Our New Year’s resolution (and we hope yours as well):  See more live Shakespeare!  And with all the productions scheduled for 2014, that shouldn’t be a hard one to keep.  Here are some highlights of the upcoming year:

January 7 – February 9
Directed by Angus Jackson
Featuring Frank Langella
A Chichester Festival Production
Brooklyn Academy of Music

January 9 – February 1 (running in rep)
Directed by Ian Belknap and John Rando
The Acting Company
at The Pearl Theater

January 25 – February 16
Directed by Michael Sexton
Two River Theater Company
(New Jersey)

February 18 – March 23
An RSC in American Production
Adapted and Directed by Tarell McCraney
The Public Theater

March 3 – 14
The Young Company
Classic Stage Company

March 14 – May 4
Directed by Arin Arbus
Theater for a New Audience
Polonsky Shakespeare Center

May 31 – June 22
Featuring Kenneth Branagh
Park Avenue Armory


Posters from the 2014 Shakespeare Season in New York City

P.S.  Don’t forget to catch A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Theater For A New Audience) and MACBETH (Lincoln Center Theater) both closing January 12th.

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