"The workshop was an extraordinary experience, not only because of the primacy of play
as performance, but because the process brings to vivid life the best teaching practices available."
-- Marianne Reichelt, Notre Dame Preparatory School, MD (Summer 2014 Participant)
Each semester, the American Shakespeare Center devotes a seminar to the classroom applications of plays from our repertoire. Professor Ralph Alan Cohen, the education staff, and our troupe of professional actors provide teachers with a host of materials and techniques for bringing Shakespeare to life for their students. The play-specific seminars focus on making the plots, characters, words, and drama of Shakespeare's plays relevant and exciting in the classroom. We aim to remove your students' "ShakesFear" and to replace it with enthusiasm for the active exploration of the plays on the stage.
Fall 2014: October 3-5, 2014 - Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors
Winter 2015: January 30-31, 2015 - The Taming of the Shrew
*Spring Marlowe Special: April 9th, 2015 - Doctor Faustus
Spring Seminar: April 10th-12th, 2015 - Hamlet and Much Ado about Nothing
*The Spring Marlowe Special may be purchased individually or as an add-on to the regular Spring Seminar. This seminar must have 10 registrants by March 15th, 2015, or all money for it will be refunded.
ASC Teacher Seminars use specific titles to deliver pointers on techniques that are applicable across the canon, so, even if you aren't planning to teach the play we are focusing on for a particular seminar, join us to pick up new and engaging activities.
Preliminary Schedule for Fall Seminar:
Friday, Oct 3
1:30pm - Check-in
2pm-5:30pm - Workshops
7:30pm - Macbeth performance
Saturday, Oct 4
9am-Noon - Workshops
2pm - Edward II performance (optional add-on)
7:30pm - The Comedy of Errors performance
Sunday, Oct 5
9am-Noon - Workshops
2pm - Cyrano de Bergerac performance (optional add-on)
"The seminars are an incredible value."
-- Laura Messenheimer, Howard Community College, MD (Spring 2013)
Fall and Spring Seminar Fee: $330
Winter Seminar Fee: $220
Marlowe Special Fee: $110 if purchased individually; $75 if purchased as an add-on to the Spring Seminar
If you are a self-funding teacher, or a teacher splitting the registration cost with your school, you are eligible to attend the Fall, Winter, and/or Spring Seminars at a reduced rate. Discounts are also available for English-Speaking Union coaches, for teachers who refer another registering attende, and for teachers who refer a student to one of our summer camps. Contact Cass Morris (email@example.com; 540-885-5588 x21) or Sarah Enloe (firstname.lastname@example.org; 540-885-5588 x28) for details.
Seminar fee includes all workshops, a copy of an ASC Study Guide and supplementary materials, and tickets to ASC performances as noted on registration form.
“I appreciate how pedagogically centered your sessions were. I left with my brain sparking.”
-- Spring 2014 Participant
All of our seminars use our Study Guides to provide you with a comprehensive approach to exploring the play in your classroom. From the basics of getting your students out of their seats and thinking like early modern actors, to exploring historical context, staging challenges, and the intricacies of Shakespeare’s wordplay, to the challenge of assessment, ASC Study Guides give you a start-to-finish model. We also look at the connections between the plays and standard requirements for English, theatre, and history curricula. You can view some of our performance-based activities in-action on Youtube.
Looking for a place to stay in Staunton during a seminar? The Stonewall Jackson Hotel is offering a special rate for ASC Education events! Use this link to place reservations, or call the hotel and mention what education event you'll be attending in order to claim the discount.
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The Comedy of Errors
Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2:00 pm
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:00 pm
Dr. Ralph Presents: Pericles
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:30 am
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 1:00 pm
Cyrano de Bergerac
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 10:00 pm
Friday, September 26, 2014, 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 2:00 pm
The Comedy of Errors
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 2:00 pm
Actors' Renaissance Season