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Director's Corner with Jon Jory: Making Auditions Awesome Instead of Arduous

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Master playwright and director Jon Jory shares his tips for student actor auditions in this monthly series from Stage Partners: Your source for new plays for school theater, student theater, and more!

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Director's Corner with Jon Jory: A Few Suspect Notes on Directing

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Master playwright Jon Jory shares his insights on directing plays for young audiences and working with student actors in this monthly series from Stage Partners: Your source for new plays for school theater, student theater, and more!

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How Theatre Teachers (You!) Can Effect Change

Posted by Maria McConville on

Take this opportunity as an arts educator to draw your students in and use this ancient theater art to instill empathy, to encourage listening, and to arm these young people with tactics to sort through conflict peacefully. How do we offer guidance when there is no time in a school day? Here are a few ideas for ways to make room for these little changes in your class room.

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Introducing... Shakespeare, Clearly

Posted by Maria McConville on

These straightforward Shakespeare adaptations mixing contemporary and classical language emphasizes story and character rather than the poetry. Master director and acclaimed playwright Jon Jory has reimagined the classic tales to serve as an early introduction for younger audiences and actors that allows easy involvement. Inventive yet faithful, these adaptations will inspire actors and audiences alike to revisit Shakespeare’s original texts. Gender-neutral casting is encouraged and doubling is possible. Simple stage allows for a fluid and forward moving production.

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Playwright Q&A: Claudia Haas, author of Antigone in Munich

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Sophie Scholl was a member of the White Rose Society in Nazi Germany which encouraged passive resistance against the totalitarian government. Antigone in Munich chronicles her coming of age and development from bystander to witness to activist -- inspired by Sophocles' Greek tragedy Antigone which asks “What do you do when the laws of man contradict the laws of God?”

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