Welcome, readers! Let’s kick into gear with the new year and a quick round-up of Shakespeare education in the news this week …
Globe Study for Fulbright Scholars
- The American Institute For Foreign Study’s Shakespeare’s Globe Education Theater Program has been selected by the Fulbright Commission as a Summer Institute for the next three years. Three scholarship winners will be able to attend the three-week program every year (from 2013 to 2015) at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Winners will study with actors, directors, and theater practitioners during the summer. Applications are due to the Fulbright Commission by March 11, 2013.
The city of Mesa in Arizona will celebrate The Bard’s New Yeare on the evening of January 11 with an outdoor mini-festival featuring Shakespearean vignettes and songs:
Performances will include selections from “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged),” and songs from “The Tempest.” The Taylor Family Circus will entertain with fire juggling and stilt-walking. Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is open that evening, and admission, as always, is free! Shop for works of original art by Arizona artists at the MAC Store Cooperative Artists Gallery. “The Bard’s New Yeare” is held in collaboration with Second Friday’s “Ye Olde Main Street Renaissance Faire,” also 6-10pm, which offers music, artist booths, costume contests and food along Main Street in Downtown Mesa!
- Junior and senior English students at East Side Community School in New York participate in a “Tragedy” course as an English elective. The class recently focused on projects, presentations, and group discussions on Shakespeare’s Othello. Gotham Schools describes the scene during an observed class.
- If you’re looking for interactive ways to introduce your students to Shakespeare, the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre currently offers several programs to help schools experience touring productions. In addition to an abridge production of The Tempest, students can experience the AST’s introductory program, “Wooed and Won: Shakespeare’s Lovers and Fighters,” as well as three workshops: “Not Your Mama’s Shakespeare: Getting Students Excited About the Bard,” “To Be the Bard or not to be the Bard: An Interactive Introduction to Shakespeare,” and a session on Shakespearean monologues.
- Adrian Hilton, who holds the Guiness World Record for the longest marathon theatre performance for his recitation of the complete works of Shakespeare, weighs in over at The Daily Mail on new attempts to adopt Shakespeare as the official European laureate in time for the four hundredth anniversary of the playwright’s death in April 2016.
Other Bits of Interest
- PBS stations will air a six-part miniseries, “Shakespeare Uncovered,” which will examine the legacy of Shakespeare’s greatest works. The program will premiere on January 25.
- The Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, has opened registration for a six-week Shakespeare workshop focusing on The Tempest from February 6 to March 13.
- Students from the Salem Academy Charter School will perform monologues from Shakespeare’s plays at the Salem Theatre Company on Tuesday as a preliminary round for the English Speaking Union’s National Shakespeare Competition.
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