“I don’t think I’ve ever had a more productive Saturday!”
—Teacher, Al Raby High School (CPS), Chicago
We start with a Shakespeare play. We create a “learning laboratory” where teachers can roll up their sleeves, take in new ideas and try out some drama-based teaching strategies (aligned with ELA Common Core State Standards). We add a Shakespeare scholar to the mix, giving us historical and contemporary perspectives. Then we invite a leading Shakespeare artist to join us and explore the art of interpretation, from page to stage. All classroom teachers are invited to our free teacher workshops. And we can practically guarantee that the strategies you learn are applicable to any Shakespeare you may be teaching—and, for that matter, to many other challenging texts! Register for our upcoming workshop online or by phone at 312.595.5678.
Family Feuds: Teaching Shakespeare
Saturday, September 13, 2014 • 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
In this half-day workshop, we use Shakespeare’s King Lear as our textual starting block, utilizing scholarship, pedagogy and interpretation as paths into Shakespeare. And we’ll also explore text work—the way that actors break open the clues that Shakespeare’s script gives us—as an entry point for further comprehension and engagement with the text.
Page to Stage: Teaching Shakespeare
Saturday, January 10, 2015 • 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
This day-long teacher workshop is inspired this year by Macbeth, and includes a rare glimpse into the rehearsal process! As part of the morning session, teachers are invited to observe a rehearsal, as the director and cast work together on bringing a Shakespeare play to life. A lively discussion with the director and actors follows. Scholarship, pedagogy, and the art of interpretation are utilized as paths into Shakespeare. (The full-day workshop includes lunch hour on your own at Navy Pier.)
TEACHER PREVIEW NIGHTS
Exclusively for teachers who are bringing their students to a performance of Pericles! You are invited to our free Teacher Preview Nights. Over a working dinner, teachers meet with the production’s director for an “insider’s look” at the background and interpretive choices in our production. Following dinner, teachers are invited to a preview performance in our Courtyard Theater. Throughout the evening, you’ll gain insight into our production to help prepare your students for their own play-going experience. One theater ticket and box dinner, free of charge, offered to participating Team Shakespeare teachers. An additional ticket may be purchased for a guest.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Box dinner and discussion 6:00–7:15 p.m.
Performance 7:30 p.m.