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Southern Oregon University

Past Elective Course

A weeklong 3-credit graduate level course geared toward high school and community college theatre educators, which will cover how to work with student actors to take Shakespeare's plays from the text to performance:

  • Investigate how to approach and direct Shakespeare's plays
  • Practice techniques to "activate" Shakespeare's text
  • Discover quick, easy methods for working out of the First Folio to mine specific, choice-making detail
  • Uncover the rhetorical base of Shakespeare's writing style
  • Re-discover English Renaissance ideals and their influence on Elizabethan playwrights
  • Explore how to bring Shakespeare's use of metaphor, simile, personification, and picturization alive on the stage
  • Consider some striking parallels between Shakespeare's style of writing and pop, hip hop, and rock
  • Discuss and analyze the Oregon Shakespeare Festival productions of Macbeth, Henry VIII, and Much Ado About Nothing
  • Come away with practical exercises to use in rehearsal and the classroom

G Valmont Thomas, Director and Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actor
Don Weingust, SOU Center for Shakespeare Studies

Daily Schedule
7:00-8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am-Noon Morning session
Noon-1:30 pm Lunch
1:30-5:00 pm Afternoon sessions
5:00-6:30 pm Dinner


Evening Schedule 2009
Sunday 7/5 7:00pm Welcome reception, orientation
Monday 7/6 7:00pm Evening session
Tuesday 7/7 Work on class projects
Wednesday 7/8 8:30pm OSF play - Much Ado About Nothing
Thursday 7/9 8:30pm OSF play - Henry VIII