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MSP has embarked on a very personal project for our 2016 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS production.

On December 7, 2015 Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”. This was just the beginning of what has created the current political climate of fear of “The Other” in the United States.

Al’ukhraa: A Study in Othello will integrate personal stories from NYC high school girls with Shakespeare’s Othello.

We want to create a space for these girls’ voices to be heard.

We want to bring to the forefront what is happening in our own backyard.

We want to stir our communities to action.

This is the blog of the girls, the actors, the women, the production team as they create, rehearse, and perform  Al’ukhraa.

This is a conversation our entire community needs to be having. Please send us your thoughts, your own stories, and join us as we share ours.

And come see the SHOW!

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2016 الأخرى A Study in Othello

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Read the Al’ukhraa BLOG, send us your thoughts and stories!

MSP’s 2016 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS is back with a very personal piece created in part with NYC’s young Muslim high school women.

الأخرى (Al’ukhraa) – “the other”

Through personal accounts written by Muslim girls and Shakespeare’s text of Othello, Al’ukhraa explores how our opinions of “the other” effect the community as a whole, and how the current political climate of fear is directly impacting our NYC high school girls.

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All Performances FREE

All Performances @ 6:00pm

Rain Policy: The show must go on! We perform rain or shine. We will never cancel a show before showtime. So come on out! Bring a slicker, bring an umbrella. Some of our best shows have been in mysterious and foggy weather.

PARKS & DATES

Astoria Park, Queens – June, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Summit Rock, Central Park – June 23, 24, July 7, 8, 9, 10
Morningside Park – June 25, 26, July 14, 15, 16, 17

DIRECTIONS

To Astoria Park in Queens (near 23rd Ave and 19th St):
By subway, take N train to Astoria Blvd Station. Walk West on 23rd Ave towards the East River.

To Summit Rock in Central Park (near 83rd St. at Central Park West):
By subway, take B or C train to 86th St./Central Park West. Enter the park at 85th St.

To Morningside Park in Manhattan (near the pond at 114th St. and Morningside Ave)
By subway, take B or C train to 110th St. / Cathedral Pkwy. Enter the park at 114th St.

***Ensemble***

Sarah Eismann – Director/Iago (see MEET THE PLAYERS for more info) is absolutely thrilled to be working with such a talented and exciting cast and crew on this production. A recent MFA Acting graduate from Columbia University, Sarah got her BFA in Drama at Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. She also trained with the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed withthe Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Woman’s Will, improv troupes Tilted Frame SF, Middle School Poetry, and RadioStar Network. www.saraheismann.com

Julie Orkis – Emilia/Ensemble is a recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at Brooklyn College, where she was also the captain of the Women’s Tennis Team. (Internationally ranked Junior pro, CUNYAC Scholar Athlete of the Month, Four-Time Player of The Year) Recent credits include Serena Williams body double for Delta Airlines in-flight video, Girl at Brunch for OceanSpray Craisins web-commercial, Athena in The Hysterical History of the Trojan War, and Female Executive in the world premiere of Asleep at the Wheel. Julie is thrilled to be joining The Manhattan Shakespeare Project for its 2016 season!

Mouna R’miki – Othello moved to New York to fully pursue acting and joined the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, where she finds joy exploring  Human Nature. So far, she has been blessed in being part and collaborating in various multicultural projects. Credits include – Like me, like you; Skylla and Kharybdis; Nowhere/Now-Here; Rest Upon The Wind; Usual Girls / Film: The Guest; SAGA; La Recette de l’Amour (…). She is very happy to join this season’s Manhattan Shakes, as one of the voices for tolerance and acceptance and is humbled to step into Othello’s fierce shoes.

Gareth Tidball – Desdemona/Ensemble is an actress, director, and playwright. A recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Gareth received training in the Meisner Studio and the Classical Studio. Her favorite past credits include Jack, or the Submission (Mother Jack) Henry V (Fluellen), and Unity: 1918 (Rose). Gareth also serves as a teaching artist throughout the five boroughs. She currently teaches drama classes to young adults at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and she assists with arts enrichment classes in association with the South Asian Youth Academy (SAYA). She is a founding member of the all-female clown troupe The Pupils.

***The Voices***

So much gratitude to the young women who IMG_20160515_145255contributed their talent and voices to Al’ukhraa.
Zarin Chowdhury
Sarah Essa
Bagdad Mohamed
Saira Mughal

***Production***

Julia Levine – Assistant Director is a theatre artist, educator, and 2015 graduate of Butler University. Assistant directing credits include: The Debates (Theater in Asylum), Spring Awakening, The Infernal Machine, Charlotte’s Web (The Hangar Theatre); stage managing: JUPITER (La MaMa), The Witches (Access Theater). She has been an assistant or intern with various local companies, including Honest Accomplice Theatre, The New Collectives, Superhero Clubhouse, and the Foundry Theatre. Julia is Assistant Producer on the 2017 International Human Rights Art Festival, co-presented by the Institute of Prophetic Activist Art and Dixon Place, where she will premiere a reading of her new play about the food system. www.juliaslevine.com

Tom Spencer – Stage Manager is an NYC-born playwright who grew up in New Hampshire, where he has had two original shows produced, and one staged reading. He is the stage manager for Manhattan Shakespeare Project. He once worked as a blacksmith. He likes working outside, Shakespeare, and America.

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Josh Fried – Stage Management Intern was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia. Unlike most people who are in the arts, he didn’t grow up with theater, and really only got into it during high school, which is where he took his first real theater class. Now he’s a student at Longwood University where he is studying technical theater. He enjoys every aspect of theater, from acting to tech. He most recently had one of his own plays produced at school, and is thrilled to be part of Manhattan Shakespeare Project. To all who dream big; seek a life useful.

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Christopher Soprano’s art is born out of an instinctive desire to create. His passion for letter forms and intuitive mark making create intertwined narratives. Fused with his adamant optimism the work is both playful and dark. In addition to identity design, Christopher currently creates huge character sculptures and environments for theme parks. As a result of working under tight deadlines, his personal work captures his energy and expressiveness.

***Pre-Show Musical Entertainment***

MSP is so excited to have these very talented NYC musicians VOLUNTEERING their time to bring their songs, sounds, and fun to our wonderful audiences before the show. Come catch them at 5:30 every night!

A. BridgesSqAdrian Bridges is excited to be joining Manhattan Shakespeare Project with a revolving group of collaborators to provide music before shows of Al’ukhraa. He received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from New York University’s Jazz Studies program, with an emphasis in guitar and composition. Adrian has since found a home in the multi-disciplinary world of theater, working as a performer, sound designer, music director, and composer for numerous shows, including Less Than Rent Theatre’s Little Town Blues and Diva (United Solo Festival – Best Musical), Theater In Asylum’s ¡Ole! and Debates, Artilliers’ Dreamplay and Sea/Sick, and Kaleid Theatre’s No Place LikeGlow, and Eurydicewww.adrianbridges.com.

***THANK YOU!***

To everyone who helped make this production possible.
*The East and West Coast Eismann Families
*Genevieve Windbiel & the Windbiel Family
*The Fried Family
*Katherine Dalton – The Institute for Health Professions at Cambria Heights
*Brooke Turner
*The fabulous people at The Public Delacorte Free Shakespeare in the Park ticket line
*Eve Landau & The JCC in Manhattan
*Kathleen Dorman – Classic Stage Company
*Chez Bushwick Studios
*NYLiveArts
*Everyone who Likes and Shares all our Social Media!!!
*And all our amazing audiences!

الأخرى A Study in Othello is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net

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2015 Taming of the Shrew

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This year 2015 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS – Taming of the Shrew is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. We thank you for your support from the bottom of our hearts!

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You heard right! MSP is doing the “PROBLEM PLAY”

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William Shakespeare’s

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

How do we, as contemporary women and artists tackle this notoriously difficult, seemingly extremely “anti-feminist” play and live to talk about it? Follow our BLOG come see the SHOW and find out!!

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ALL PERFORMANCES FREE

ALL PERFORMANCES @ 6:00PM

We’re back at our usual haunts AND we’ve added ASTORIA PARK and HUNTER’S POINT SOUTH PARK in QUEENS!!

Bring a BLANKET

Bring a PICNIC

Rain Policy: The show must go on! We perform rain or shine. We will never cancel a show before showtime. So come on out! Bring a slicker, bring an umbrella. Some of our best shows have been in mysterious and foggy weather 🙂
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Parks & Directions

To Summit Rock in Central Park
(near 83rd St. at Central Park West):

By subway, take B or C train to 86th St./Central Park West. Enter the park at 85th St.

To Astoria Park in Queens
(near 23rd Ave at 19th Street):

By subway, take N or Q train to Astoria / Ditmars Blvd. Enter the park at 23rd Ave.

To Hunter’s Point South Park in Queens
(on the artificial grass circle at Borden Ave.):

By subway, take the 7 train to Vernon Blvd / Jackson Ave. Walk West on 50th Ave towards the East River. Enter the park at Borden Ave.

To St. Nicholas Park in Harlem
(the 135th St. Plaza at St. Nicholas Ave):

By subway, take B or C train to 135th St. / St. Nicholas Ave. Enter the park at 135th St.

To Sunset Park in Brooklyn
(near 44th St. at 6th Ave. top of the hill):

By subway, take N or R train to 45th St. Enter the park at 44th St. and 6th Ave. or 44th St. and 5th Ave.

To Morningside Park in Manhattan
(near the pond at 114th St. and Morningside Ave)

By subway, take B or C train to 110th St. / Cathedral Pkwy. Enter the park at 114th St.

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Kate Holland

***Ensemble***

IMG_0337Sarah Eismann (see MEET THE PLAYERS for more info) is absolutely thrilled to be working with such a talented and exciting cast and crew on this production. A recent MFA Acting graduate from Columbia University, Sarah got her BFA in Drama at Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. She also trained with the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed with IMG_5697the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Woman’s Will, improv troupes Tilted Frame SF, Middle School Poetry, and RadioStar Network. www.saraheismann.com

AmandaGobleAmanda Goble is a NYC-based artist, with experience as an actor, aerialist, and physical IMG_6291performer. Recent credits include Fairy Queen, Romeo and Juliet, a national tour of Peter Pan, as well as collaborations on devised theater and aerial/dance theater projects.

Monica_JonesMonica Jones was most recently seen as Smith in Who We Let In (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC). Other NYC credits include, but not limited to: Dr. Talbot & others, St. Valerie of Nova Scotia (Columbia University); Keely, Washougal My Heart; Reverend Lawrence, Juliet & Romeo; Willa, or what she will (Fringe NYC); Venita, IMG_5694Skylines; Celia, As You Like It. Film credits include: Emory, The Other Girl (Brooklyn Film Festival); Ellie, Run (Drexel); and Beatrice, Rune (Isis Productions). Monica holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Oklahoma, School of Drama. www.monicalillianjones.com

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ShannonDelaneyWardShannon Delaney Ward is an actress and teaching artist from Vermont who is very excited to be spending her summer with Manhattan Shakespeare Project. Her recent credits include Malvolio in Twelfth Night, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. So far she is having a great time with these wonderful women and this wonderful play. This is Shannon’s first experience with performing Shakespeare outdoors, and she is thrilled by the challenges and joys of these New York City parks. Shannon has been a part of several touring companies, including The Penumbra Players, which she co-founded and performed a sixteen-city tour of New England duringIMG_5878 the summer of 2011. She also spent 8 months as a resident artist at Shakesperience, a touring educational theater company based out of Waterbury Connecticut. In her free time Shannon enjoys writing, reading, and exploring. More information about Shannon can be found at shannondelaneyward.weebly.com

***And Introducing***

Erica Anne Morales-Armstrong is super excited about her debut appearance with Manhattan Shakespeare Project. Erica takes voice classes with Yvonne Armstrong and was awarded admission to the MS Arts Audition Boot Camp at LaGuardia High School. She previously performed in the IMG_5541ensemble of her school’s production of Legally Blonde the Musical. In addition to acting and singing, Erica loves reading, writing fanfiction, skateboarding and binge watching Dr. Who on Netflix. The MSP cast members are insanely talented and cool and have taken Erica under their wings, which she truly appreciates.

***Production***

IMG_20150426_112114Margo Murphy-Gross (Stage Manager) is a recent Wagner graduate and is ecstatic to be making her “real world” debut with the Manhattan Shakespeare Project. Her past credits include Random Access Theatre’s Production of Taming of The Shrew and Wagner College productions Spamalot, Hello Dolly, Stop Kiss, My Soldiers and many more.

Adele Rylands (Fight Director) has staged fights and taught both across the States as well as in Canada.  She has worked in institutions such as New York University, Yale, UNCSA, City College, York University, and George Brown Theatre School, among others.  Recent and current credits include: King John (The Fools & Kings Project), Romeo and IMG_20150516_120842Juliet (Barefoot Shakespeare Company), Elise (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity), Manuel vs The Statue ofLiberty (Signature Theatre).  Iggy Award for Best Choreography: Toronto Shakespeare in the Quad’s Richard III.  BFA in Directing from New York University.  adelerylands.com
SopArtStudioSop-Art Studio (Graphic Design) – Christopher Soprano’s art is born out of an instinctive desire to create. His passion for letter forms and intuitive mark making create intertwined narratives. Fused with his adamant optimism the work is both playful and dark. In addition to identity design, Christopher currently creates huge character sculptures and environments for theme parks. As a result of working under tight deadlines, his personal work captures his energy and expressiveness.

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Production photography by the fabulous NSantasier Photography

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New York Shakespeare Convention

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Living Space Players did an amazing job creating the following to advertise for NYShakesCon and we thought, what the heck, why re-invent the wheel?!

The First Annual New York Shakespeare Convention!

Manhattan Shakespeare Project is a proud participant of the New York Shakespeare Convention! The NY ShakesCon is a gathering of New York based Shakespeare Companies hailing from all over the state. The convention is a great way for actors, writers, directors, producers, educators and plain ol’ fans of Willy Shakes to get in contact with up and coming companies producing the Bard’s work! There will be live music, food and drink!

After the convention there will be a performance of Romeo & Juliet done in 5 Way Shakespeare style! What does this mean? Well it means that each act of Romeo & Juliet will be presented by a different company!

The incredible companies that will be there include:

Bottoms Dream
Adirondack Shakespeare Co.
The Puppet Shakespeare Players
Spicy Witch Productions
Underling Productions

Living Space Players
The Night Shift 

And of course, yours truly!

Check out what BroadwayWorld.com has to say about it!

The Convention itself is free! To purchase tickets to 5 Ways Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet, click HERE

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The Shrew Blog

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IN HER OWN WORDS

This summer, June-July 2015, Manhattan Shakes will be performing Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew in our signature FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS production.

This story has been dubbed a “problem” play. We, the women working on this production, would like to share our thoughts and feelings about tackling this script.

Follow The Shrew Blog as we invite you into the rehearsal room and our interior monologues as women and as actors. In our own words.

April 22, 2015 – Kate Holland (Director)

April 23, 2015 – Margo Murphy-Gross (Stage Manager)

April 26, 2015 – Amy Frey (Tranio, Ensemble)

April 27, 2015 – Shannon Ward (Lucentio/Ensemble)

April 29, 2015 – Kate Holland (Director)

May 1, 2015 – Monica Jones (Katharina, Ensemble)

May 3, 2015 – Margo Murphy-Gross (Stage Manager)

May 5, 2015 – Shannon Ward (Lucentio/Ensemble)

May 9, 2015 – Carla Lerner (Tranio, Ensemble)

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2015 Macbeth: Transformed

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“Sarah and Amanda are two very talented actresses. They play different characters without skipping a beat.  Amanda especially can move her hands and body in a way, I could never dream of.”

~Rozanna Radakovich, Theatrechitchat.webs.com

“…Boekelheide and Eismann zig-zag through every inch of the room as the scenes unfold, declaiming their speeches from any available space… there is a very up-close and personal feel to this performance… shows that two women can take on the Thane and other principals in the play’s world, with chutzpah and conviction.”

~Deirdre Donovan, CurtainUp.com

“I was enthralled with every minute of tonight’s performance…I can’t wait to see more of your group!”

~Emily J

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The Scottish Play is here!!

Tickets on sale now!!  

2 Women 1 Stage Manager and over 32 guest artists. Each performance will feature 2 new voice over actors and YOU the audience.

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Macbeth: The Unsex Me Here Project

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Macbeth: Transformed

April 1 -19
8:00pm
Wednesday – Sunday
Tickets $10
Access Theater Gallery, 380 Broadway, New York, NY 10013

2 ACTRESSES!
Conceived and Performed by
Amanda Boekelheide
Sarah Eismann

 

And A Stage Manager!
Rachel A. Jerome

Over 32 rotating guest artists

PLUS an Amazing Production Team
Tech Designer – Antonio Consuegra
Lighting Designer – Samantha Davis, Greg Purnell
Sound Designer – Jacob Subotnick
Movement – Michael Mullen
Social Media Guru – Caroline Lyons
Graphic Design – SopArt Studio
Publicity – HellerHighwaterPR

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Amanda_BoekelheideAmanda Boekelheide (past MSP: 2014 R&J) Most recent & fun professional roles were Town Cryers & ensemble in The Whistling Mortician, Blowfish in Heist, Iphigenia in Iph.then, Scarlett, Rhonda & Lilly in Lion in the
Streets, & Olga in Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.  Favorite Columbia University roles include Bosola in Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, Inez in Satre’s No Exit, & The Secretary (Death) in Camus’ The State of Siege. Travel for performance & study for theatrical purposes has included Peking Opera in China, Indonesian classical & rural dance styles as well as Gamelan in Surakarta, Indonesia, & Classical Buddhist Nepalese dance in Nepal.

IMG_0337Sarah Eismann (see MEET THE PLAYERS for more info) is absolutely thrilled to be working with such a talented and exciting cast and crew on this production. A recent MFA Acting graduate from Columbia University, Sarah got her BFA in Drama at Tisch School for the Arts at NYU. She also trained with the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She has performed with the Tony Award winning Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, California Shakespeare Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Woman’s Will, improv troupes Tilted Frame SF, Middle School Poetry, and RadioStar Network. www.saraheismann.com

Rachel_A_JeromeRachel A Jerome (Stage Manager) is a stage and film actor and stage manager who hails from Washington Heights. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts from SUNY Potsdam. Television: Mind of a Murderer: Rage and Rampage (2015). Theatre: 3 Days in Savannah, Opening Night, The Importance of Being Earnest, Blues for Mister Charlie, Antigone 5.9, and many more.

Jacob Subotnick (Sound Designer) Jacob is a NYC based producer, sound designer and composer. Selected Off-Broadway: Donkey Punch (SOHO Playhouse); Inner Voices 2014 (TBG Theatre); Any Given Monday (59E59). Selected Off-Off-Broadway: The Tunnel Play (FringeNYC 2014); Virus Attacks Heart (Nominated for Best Sound Design PCTF 2014); The Wedding Singer, Spring Awakening (New York Film Academy); Sweet Sweet Spirit, The Picture of Dorian Gray (MTWorks); Why You Beasting?, Judgement Day (FringeNYC 2013); Proof, Next To Normal, RENT, Equus. (The Gallery Players); Body Language, Magnetic North (The Active Theater); Endless Summer NightsLickspittles Buttonholers and Damned-Pernicious-Go-Betweens (Boomerang Theatre); Tulpa or Anne and Me (Winner Best Sound Design PCTF 2011). Jacob received his Bachelors of Music from New York University.  www.jacobsubotnick.com

Samantha Davis (Lighting Designer) is Production Assistant for New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Freelance LD and SM.  Recent credits with: Sundog Theatre Co, Harkness Dance Festival 92nd Y,  Pull Together Productions, Amerinda, NYC Fringe Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Perfect DisgraceThe Internationalists, EPBB, Austrian Consulate.  International credits: His Majesty’s Theater- Perth, AU, Australian Shakespeare Company; Melbourne, AU.  Upcoming production with Metropolitan Playhouse’s ‘East Side Stories.’

Greg Purnell (Lighting Designer) is a media, video, and lighting designer based in NYC. Visit him online at www.gregpurnell.com.

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Problem Solving with the Bard: Shakespeare in the Special Education Classroom

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Hello, Teaching Artists, Teachers, Administrators, and all you Arts Education minded people!!

Welcome to our series of Open Source Shakespeare in the Special Education Classroom Workshops made possible by a Creative Curricula Grant from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and New York State Council on the Arts

Please read, download, and use! And let us know what you think! Also check out our daily blog by Teaching Artists Leah Reddy, Sarah Eismann, and Kasey Brown as they report from the classroom.

Problem Solving with the Bard: Shakespeare in the Special Education Classroom

10 Workshop residency in partnership with Manhattan School for Career Development

Artist/Educator Inquiry question: How does adapting and performing Shakespeare help students develop career readiness skills?

Residency Thematic Question: How does an ensemble create a personalized adaptation of Romeo and Juliet?

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Romeo and Juliet Summary

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THEMATIC QUESTION: How does an actor use body language and facial expression to reveal character?

KNOW (Facts, Information, Vocabulary): Romeo & Juliet given circumstances: characters, relationships, Prince’s law; stage, audience, body language, facial expression

UNDERSTAND (Comprehension of the big ideas): how to use their bodies to reveal a character (feeling and personality)

DO (Active demonstration of learning): create a tableau showing the feuding families

Workshop #2: Put It In Your Own Words

Workshop #3: Stage Pictures

Workshop #4: Speaking With Expression

Workshop #5: Listening and Responding

Workshop #6: Listening and Responding in Character

Workshop #7: Physical Character Day

Workshop #8: First Rehearsal – Putting It All Together

Workshop #9: Second Rehearsal – Focus

Workshop #10: Performance!

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What’s GENDER got to do with it? FREE forum!

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“If you be not of the house of Montagues, I pray, come and crush a cup of wine!”

~Romeo and Juliet Act 1 scene ii

Manhattan Shakes is is thrilled to be participating in The Tank‘s October Sunday Shakespeare! We will be doing a FREE forum on GENDER in SHAKESPEARE and want your voice there!

Sunday October 12th
3:00pm
151 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

There will be scenes from our immensely popular summer production of Romeo and Juliet and sneak peaks into our switch-gender upcoming production of Macbeth.

There will be open discussions between scenes where we will tackle the big questions of GENDER CONSTRUCTS both in Shakespeare’s Elizabethan society and modern day, how these ideas have formed, how they inform us as men and women, and how we can overcome the stereotypes.

JOIN US!!

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We’re an #AWBgrantee!

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AWB_LogoThat’s right!! We are thrilled, excited and honored to announce we are now a grantee of Awesome Without Borders! @AwesomeWithoutBorders has selected us as an #AWBgrantee! They are our Awesome Angels 🙂 A chapter of the Awesome Foundation, AWB gives $1,000 nostrings-attached weekly grants to awesome initiatives worldwide. To learn more about their work, click here.

MSP’s 2014 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS: Romeo and Juliet was chosen! Learn more about our project here: http://bit.ly/XX3jLO

“What light through yonder window breaks? Why, old William himself, according to Sarah Eismann! She believes the power of Shakespeare & storytelling can bring greater empathy into our lives. To prove it, she’s staging a series of free performances of Romeo & Juliet across New York City’s parks.

Through the Manhattan Shakespeare Project, people from Central Park, Harlem, and Brooklyn have had their hearts & imaginations rekindled by the impassioned words & personas of the world’s most prominent playwright. These performances stand out from most Shakespearean productions in three ways: they’re performed outdoors, they’re free, and they feature an entirely female cast & crew. Each performance is a festival in itself, with singing and dancing erupting from throngs of thrilled audiences!

Things are only going to get better in 2014, as MSP branches out into more venues, and bridges more communities through timeless tales that speak straight to the shared human condition. A grant will help ease the burden of compensating the dauntless artists and assistants who make each production a resounding success.”

“The Awesome Foundation distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to projects and their creators. The money is pooled together from the coffers of ten or so self-organizing “micro-trustees” and given upfront in cash, check, or gold doubloons. The chapters are autonomous and organized by the trustees around geographic areas or topics of interest. The Foundation provides these grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. It is, in the words of one of our trustees, a micro-genius grant for flashes of micro-brilliance.” To date, 95 chapters have been established in over 21 countries, with 1000+ projects funded.

In early 2013, The Harnisch Foundation teamed up with The Awesome Foundation and the chapter Awesome Without Borders was born!!

We are enthusiastically and eternally grateful to this group of extraordinary women. Our Awesome Angels 🙂 Thank you!!

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IndieGoGo Launched! Help MSP bring Shakespeare to the Special Education Classroom!

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Our 2014 Season IndieGoGo has launched!2014-05-29 18.24.22

In addition to raising funds to pay the fabulous artists involved
with 2014 FREE Shakespeare in the ParkS ROMEO & JULIET we are very excited to officially announce the launch of our Fall Education Program!

We started the year off with an amazing $3,100 grant from LMCC and NYSCA which funds half the budget for Problem Solving with the Bard: Shakespeare in the Special 2014-05-23 19.56.30Education Classroom.

Our wish is for the full program (8 classroom sessions, 57 teaching hours) to run this fall, so we are reaching out to you for your help in making this happen.

Even a $20 tax deductible contribution will add teaching hours with these amazing kids at Manhattan School for Career Development.IMG_4194

Lots of companies do donation matching programs, ask at your place of employment and double the impact of your contribution!

For the full campaign and donation link please visit:
http://goo.gl/GHBYz2

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Thank you!
Sarah & The MSP Team

Manhattan Shakespeare Project is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Manhattan Shakespeare Project must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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