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NESF Education Programs

FIRST FOLIO / CUE-SCRIPT INTENSIVE

High School, University, & Adult
Full day
Max. 30 participants
(Multi-day workshops available)
This intuitive, text-based approach uses the First Folio of 1623 to tackle Shakespeare's language, characters and staging head-on. Memorization becomes effortless, meaning and action become clear, and the plays come instantly to life as participants work on their feet to stage a multitude of scenes and monologues selected from the entire canon.


"First Folio / cue-script technique" replicates the performance conditions of Shakespeare's day. No directors were employed at The Globe. Instead, each player was responsible for his own performance with little time to prepare. Shakespeare crafted his plays to be as easy as possible to perform, allowing an actor to instantly grasp a character and portray a scene to an audience.


Actors, directors, students, teachers, and anyone with an interest in Shakespeare will gain a deeper understanding of the plays and how they work in performance.


INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST FOLIO

High School, University, & Adult
90 minutes
This lecture-demonstration offers an introduction to the First Folio of 1623-the first published collection of Shakespeare's works-and how Shakespeare and his company worked to stage the plays. Explore the principles of Elizabethan performance as a practical tool to facilitate understanding and invigorate performance.


AUDITIONING SHAKESPEARE

High School, University, & Adult
90 minutes
This master class focuses on techniques that make for a powerful Shakespeare audition and shows actors how to best present themselves and their material. Discover the "DOs" and "DON'Ts" and learn to avoid common traps and pitfalls.


FROM PAGE TO STAGE

Grades 7-12
One class period
Max. 30 students
Students often find Shakespeare's works difficult to read, and no wonder-he never imagined the plays would ever be read! Actors and students work together to stage scenes from the play of your choice. By gaining a deeper understanding of how the characters and conflicts come to life in performance-the medium for which the plays were written-students gain deeper insight into the plot, characters, and theme.


LEAN MEAN SCENE MACHINE

Grades 4-12
One Class Period
Two actors introduce Shakespeare by performing scenes from the play of your choice or a sampling of scenes selected from the comedies, histories, and tragedies. Includes a Q&A and discussion period.


IN SCHOOL RESIDENCIES

New England Shakespeare offers in school residencies for all age levels that can be tailored to fit your school's needs and budget. These programs can last from one class period to a week-long production project culminating in a performance by your students. For more information, contact us.


PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Watch here for eucations programs and other events open to the public.


 
   
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