Having directed two grade-school productions of Shakespeare plays, I naturally count myself the definitive expert in the field.
And, naturally, by “definitive expert,” I mean “dedicated amateur.”
It was in that light that I agreed to participate in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s “Teacher to Teacher” program. In essence, I wanted to encourage other amateurs to take the risk of directing Shakespeare in elementary schools.
You can hear what I said on the topic here:
And you can read a more extensive account of “what this amateur learned from directing Shakespeare in a grade school” on the Folger Education blog.
Finally, you can hear what one student had to say about one part of the experience in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s “Student to Student” segment. She addresses the issue of whether reading or performing Shakespeare is preferable:
Links: The Folger Education Blog.