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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

Posted by Jason Pizzarello on

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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WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE: Exploring different interpretations of the same story

Posted by Jason Pizzarello on

Educator Peter Royston explores two play adaptations of The Jungle Book. His middle schoolers produced Jon Jory's adaptation, here's what they learned.

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Selecting Your Play; or What Am I Doing This Year??

Posted by Maria McConville on

The beginning of a school year can be a bit chaotic. Choosing a play for your season shouldn't be. Education Director Maria McConville offers some tips!

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