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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?

DOCUMENT LIBRARY

Residency Overview

Romeo and Juliet Summary

Pre-Residency Survey Questions

Workshop #1: Make It Physical20141002_093851

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

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http://goo.gl/GHBYz2

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

Please share this e-mail, tweet, facebook, and anything else you can think of!  We rely on the support of people like you and are extremely appreciative for all your help!2014-05-29 18.43.05

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.

IMG_4217Problem Solving with the Bard: Shakespeare in the Special Education classroom is made possible in part with matching public funds from Creative Curricula, supported by New York State Council on the Arts and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

 

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Education

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Education: We are committed to exploring how Shakespeare and theatre can enhance communication skills, and be an educational tool to teach future generations how to be more confident human beings capable of expression in public arenas. (Did we mention we’re hell-bent on changing the world?)

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2013 New dates for Palestine!

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October 2013:
Palestine has been rescheduled!! –Shakespeare For A New World: The Palestinian Voice

Our dates for the Fall have been officially confirmed. We are very excited! More information to follow! Click Here

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With sad and heavy hearts…

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With sad and heavy hearts…

…we had to make an extremely difficult decision.

We have decided to postpone our trip to Palestine. We are not canceling. We are very passionate about this project and we will find future dates for Shakespeare For A New World: The Palestinian Voice to go forward. All of the funds that have been raised (minus the fees for moving our plane tickets) have been put aside in a special bank fund and we will continue to apply for grants and contacting foundations. Our hopes are to expand the project to include more artists both here in New York and in Ramallah.

Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to us with your support, love, thoughts, prayers and concerns. We have been in contact with the Academy students and administration, everyone is doing fine, and they are still just as excited about this project as we are. Their passion and enthusiasm gives us hope!

We believe in this project and the power that it holds, and we plan on going forward to create theatre with an incredible group of artists.

Please keep them in your thoughts.
And again, thank you. We wouldn’t be here without you.

Sarah, Jensen, and Lena

Shakespeare For A New World: The Palestinian Voice
www.manhattanshakes.org

 

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2012 The Palestine Project

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Shakespeare For A New World: The Palestinian Voice

 

Manhattan Shakespeare Project is going GLOBAL!!

We’re sending two teaching artists and a documentary film director to Palestine to work with the students at the Drama Academy Ramallah and The Freedom Theatre in the Jenin refugee camp.

Check out our IndieGoGo campaign and find out how you can help!

Shakespeare For A New World: The Palestinian Voice will engage culturally diverse groups through the process of mentorship; creating theatre with a community with whom they would not normally have the opportunity to work. It will expand knowledge and resources of these artists and strengthen their artistic voices and imaginations to cultivate the imagery of what can be different and change the world around them. It will engage communities outside of Palestine through documentary film-making by bringing these voices and stories of Palestinian artists to them.

To accomplish this 5 MSP artists will work with 2 communities in Palestine, Drama Academy Ramallah (DAR) and Jenin refugee camp to complete: 1) A series of workshops in movement, voice, and Shakespeare text with the students of DAR. 2) An original ensemble piece performed for the public in Ramallah. 3) The presentation of this piece at The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, preceding workshops for students in Jenin that will incorporate DAR students in a mentorship role. 4) A documentary film of this process sharing the work, methodology, and stories of these Palestinian artists with an audience beyond the Palestinian borders. The film and methodology will be used for educational outreach to symposiums across the US, and made available worldwide where students that have created collaborative theatre pieces can use this model to mentor new students.

Help make this project a reality!

Who’s Involved?

Sarah Eismann (teaching artist: Shakespeare Text & Performance), a native Jersey girl, recently received her MFA in Acting from Columbia University School of the Arts. She got her BFA in Drama at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where she attended the Playwrights Horizons Theatre School studio. She has also worked with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London in their Shakespeare in Performance course, the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver in their Summer Intensive, and Teatr Piesn Kozla in Wroclaw, Poland in their Acting Techniques workshop.

Sarah has been performing professionally and teaching for over 18 years. After graduating from NYU, she moved from New York and lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota doing mostly children’s theatre. Among others, she had the pleasure of working with the 2003 Tony award-winning Children’s Theatre Company for a season. She then moved out to California and worked as a performer / teaching artist for two seasons with California Theatre Center, and two seasons with The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. She also had the opportunity to work with the California Shakespeare Theatre, Center Rep, Woman’s Will, Pear Avenue Theatre, The Western Stage and several long and short form improv troupes.

As a teaching artist, Sarah has taught and directed at the elementary, middle and high school levels: improvisation, voice, movement, acting, and all aspects of Shakespeare. Sarah was an adjunct faculty member at Solano Community College in Fairfield, California where she completely redesigned their Youth Theatre program. She has experience working across disciplines and art forms and has worked closely with classroom teachers. Among others she has taught with Classic Stage Company and Summer Theatre Institute (New York), California Shakespeare Theatre, Solano Youth Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, CLAP Arts, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Kids on Camera, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Peninsula Youth Theatre, Children’s Musical Theatre San Jose, and California Theatre Center.

Now back in New York, Sarah has worked with internationally renowned teachers and directors Kristin Linklater, Andrei Serban, Niky and Ulla Wolcz, Gregory Mosher, Larry Singer, Anne Bogart, John Erman, and Kim Weild, just to name a few. She has studied Linklater Voice Technique, Shakespeare Text and Performance, Biomechanics, Meyerhold, Viewpoints, Film, the Greeks, the Absurdists, French farce, Strindberg, Commedia del’Arte, and Chekhov, as well as classical and contemporary American playwrights and theatre.

Sarah’s artistic philosophy is her belief in the power of theatre, and Shakespeare specifically, as an educational tool to enliven and engage imaginations. The power to imagine what is impossible and unimaginable opens the doors to active positive change in ourselves, our communities, and our world.

Your donation is 100% tax deductable!

Jensen Olaya (teaching artist: Viewpoints & Movement)was born in Bataan, Philippines, and raised between the U.S. Navy bases located in Yokosuka, Japan and San Diego, California. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from San Diego State University, where her experimental theatre training began under the guidance of mentor, dancer, director and playwright, Margaret Larlham. Jensen was a company member of Larlham’s TYME Company for three years while attending SDSU. She then went on to train with SITI Company, first in Los Angeles, and then intensively again in New York City, learning about Composition and the Viewpoints. It was during her work with SITI Company when she was inspired by the work of world renowned director, Anne Bogart. The experience led to her decision to apply to Columbia University’s MFA in Acting Program, where Ms. Bogart was faculty. Since her acceptance to the university, she has been taught the Viewpoints through her teacher, Barney O’Hanlon, and attended Anne Bogart’s collaboration class, where Columbia playwrights, directors, stage managers, and actors created new works together. While at Columbia, she was also taught the Linklater Vocal Technique through Kristin Linklater, herself, and she has been under the guidance of international directors, Andrei Serban, Niky Wolcz, and Ulla Wolcz, and American directors, Gregory Mosher, Larry Singer, Anne Bogart, John Erman, and Kim Weild. Her body of works include the Greek canon, Beckett, Shakespeare, Chekhov, as well as classical and contemporary American playwrights, such as Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, to John Pielmeier, and Robert Glaudini, respectively.

Last summer, she attended a workshop series at Song of the Goat Theatre in Wroclaw, Poland, which furthered her physical theatre training. There, she practiced Grotowski-based movement tactics in order to free the mind, body, and voice of the actor. She worked closely with Artistic director and co-founder, Anna Zubrzycki and Rafal Habel. She was so inspired that she decided to do a second workshop with her Columbia colleagues at Song of the Goat in Poland again but in November, after the Columbia Actors’ Thesis tour in Essen, Germany took place.

This year she trained and taught Shakespeare workshops for Classic Stage Company’s Young Company, bringing Shakespeare to high school students in their classrooms. She was also cast as Hero in the Young Company production of Much Ado About Nothing. She was also a teaching artist in training at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, upon graduating from SDSU in 2007. Jensen received her MFA in Acting from Columbia University in May 2012. She hopes to continue her mind, body, voice exploration for the rest of her artistic career.

Her recent New York theatre credits include: Hero, Much Ado About Nothing(Classic Stage Company), The Welsh Woman, Henry IV part I & II (Resonance Ensemble Theatre), The Parlour Maid, La Ronde, Hippolyta, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Columbia Stages). San Diego theatre credits: The Medium,Rashomon (Northcoast Rep), Dear Miss Breed (Lyceum Theatre) The Jungle Book,Fire & MistThe Musical Adventures of the Boy Mozart (California Center for the Arts).

Every dollar helps!

In the last few years Lena Rudnick (Documentary Film Director) has been all over the map, both figuratively and literally. She explored crystal mines in the mountains of Brazil for upcoming Discovery Channel show Mineral Explorers. She documented an organization fighting TB in rural India. She studied at the renowned FAMU in Prague.She creates video performances with experimental musicians in non-traditional spaces for Brooklyn’s Original Music Workshop. Currently Lena is a directing candidate in Columbia’s prestigious MFA film program, where she works tirelessly honing her story-telling skills.

She has completely 4 short films with international screenings and is finishing her second feature length script. Most recently, her short film El Spanish Lesson(writer/producer) showed at the NY International Latino Film Festival and her commissioned art can be viewed on OMW’s website. While her developing body of work spans many types of projects Lena’s strength as an artist is in her international perspective and the mixture of comedy and pathos she infuses into her humanity.

Your support is greatly appreciated!

Thanks so much from the entire MSP Palestine project team!

 

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2012 Shakespeare For A New World: The Palestinian Voice

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Manhattan Shakes is going to Palestine!

Manhattan Shakes will be on hiatus for the 2012 season so we can put all of our energy and resources into this very exciting project. We are sending 2 teaching artists and a documentary film director to Palestine to work with the students at the Drama Academy Ramallah and The Freedom Theatre in the Jenin refugee camp. We will be creating original devised theatre pieces that will be performed for the public based on Shakespeare’s Sonnets, rigorous movement training, and Palestinian youth songs.

Learn more about our Palestine project!

We are very excited and honored to be a part of this new venture into creating bridges between culturally diverse communities using Shakespeare and theatre.

Our ambitious projects need ambitious supporters. You help us bring vibrant, educational theatre to life. Your tax-deductible gift will make all the difference. Make your secure online donation today!

 

Thank you so much for your interest in Manhattan Shakespeare Project! We look forward to seeing you at the theatre when we return in 2013 with our regular season (Announcement coming soon!).

The MSP team

Sarah Eismann, Reesa Graham
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2011 Free Educational Tour – The Performance

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THE PERFORMANCE

THE WORKSHOP

PRICING AND STAGING REQUIREMENTS

CAST BIOS

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

TOUR SCRIPT

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BOOKING AND RESERVATION FORM

February 28th – April 1st, 2011

Bring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew to YOUR location!

Call NOW (646-450-8367) or send in your Booking and Reservation Form today!

 

THE PERFORMANCE

 

Manhattan Shakespeare Project – Manhattan’s All-Female Shakespeare Company’s mission is to bring Shakespeare to underserved communities and develop our passion for theatre not only as an art form, but also as an educational tool. The educational tour was developed to break the myth that Shakespeare is “too hard” to understand; make the play relevant to students’ contemporary lives, therefore creating deep empathy into the personal relationships and situations of Shakespeare’s characters. The “workshop” is intended to further students’ studies in Shakespeare in an active, participatory way. The goal is to help them see that Shakespeare is still relevant today and to help them begin to understand why we, the teaching artists at Manhattan Shakespeare Project, love it and why it is important to study it, even 400 years after his death! The hope is that we will spark their interest to the point where they want to know more.

Shakespeare wrote The Taming of the Shrew as a comedy; the story of the courtship of Petruchio, a gentleman of Verona, and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Despite all the suitors of Kate’s younger sister, Bianca, their father, Baptista, has declared that Bianca cannot get married until her older sister has found a proper husband. It’s a story of sibling rivalry, competition for affection, social graces and societal norms, and how strong personalities do or do not fit into those socially acceptable constructs.

Our professionally directed 60 minute performance, suitable for elementary students through adults, travels with a stage manager and a cast of 4 seasoned female actors in costume, with set and props.

A 45 minute WORKSHOP for students who want to dig deeper into The Taming of the Shrew, and get some hands-on experience with acting, is also available before your show; immediately before your show if you have the time and space, or on a separate day.

Elyzabeth Gorman, a physical classical director, has joined MSP this year to direct Shrew. Her background in movement and physical theatre has drawn her to incorporate elements from the Italian style of theatre Commedia dell’arte, most specifically the broad physical comedy and stock characters. She has also directed Henry IV parts I & IIA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Shakespeare’s Women.

The Commedia style is also reflected in the costumes, set, and props (by accomplished designers Jessica Lustig and Czerton Lim, both of whom are on faculty at Montclair State University in New Jersey) all of which evoke the traveling “trunk”-style show of the Italian improv-comedy troupes and heighten the fast paced wit of Shakespeare’s text. The talented ensemble (playing all 11 characters) has been cast not only for their acting skills but also for their physical training and ability to deliver Shakespeare’s language in a clear and articulate fashion. The script (edited for length) includes all major plot points and well-known speeches.

Manhattan Shakespeare Project looks forward to bringing this thought provoking tale to life at YOUR location!

For More Information:

If you are interested in having MSP’s exciting production visit your school, call (646) 450-8367 or e-mail education@manhattanshakes.org, or fax your Booking and Reservation Form for The Taming of the Shrew now to (650) 264-3973 to bring the magic of live theater and the beauty of Shakespeare’s writing to YOUR location!

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2011 Free Educational Tour – The Workshop

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THE PERFORMANCE

THE WORKSHOP

PRICING AND STAGING REQUIREMENTS

CAST BIOS

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

TOUR SCRIPT

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE BROCHURE

BOOKING AND RESERVATION FORM

February 28th – April 1st

Bring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrewto YOUR location!

Call NOW (646-450-8367) or send in your Booking and Reservation Form today!

 

THE WORKSHOP

 

A (pre-show) 45 min interactive experience with the cast of The Taming of the Shrew that will deepen your students’ appreciation of Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s educational tour! Engaging and enriching materials and activities have been developed by MSP’s founding Artistic Director Sarah Eismann, a former Teaching Artist in Residence with the California school system. Materials are appropriate for all grades K-12; specific exercises and content vary by grade level. The teaching artists are trained professionals with comprehensive backgrounds in Shakespeare and performance.

The workshop illuminates and underscores the concepts of drama, language, and Shakespeare presented in our touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. This participatory workshop includes games, activities and text work designed to create a greater understanding and appreciation of theater and language!

Overall Outcomes: Students begin to make personal connections between their lives and the lives of the characters, learn about Shakespeare the playwright, and more specifically his play The Taming of the Shrew.

Grades K-2 – Character Playtime introduces young students to Shakespeare the playwright, and specifically the characters and story of The Taming of the Shrew. They are actively engaged as they “try on” each character to help create a synopsis of the story. The outcome is they have an understanding of the play and therefore are actively engaged as they watch the performance.

Grades 3-5 – Playing with Words expands students’ knowledge of Shakespeare and his plays, and introduces them to how Shakespeare used language to create images and characters, specifically using insults from The Taming of the Shrew. The outcome is they have a deeper understanding of the play and characters and therefore are actively engaged as they watch the performance.

Grades 6-12 – Personalizing the Play deepens students’ knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare’s time and how his themes are universal and still very relevant to contemporary (the students’) lives. The outcome is they begin to think about and discuss how the treatment of women has changed in the modern world and how it has not changed.

Contact us NOW to include the WORKSHOP with your Manhattan Shakespeare Project performance!

e-mail: education@manhattanshakes.org, or phone (646) 450-8367

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2011 Free Educational Tour – Pricing & Staging Requirements

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THE PERFORMANCE

THE WORKSHOP

PRICING AND STAGING REQUIREMENTS

CAST BIOS

PRODUCTION TEAM BIOS

TOUR SCRIPT

DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE BROCHURE

BOOKING AND RESERVATION FORM

February 28th – April 1st

Bring Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrewto YOUR location!

Call NOW (646-450-8367) or send in your Booking and Reservation Form today!

Our professionally-directed 60 minute performance features a cast of four professional actors (playing multiple roles) and a stage manager. Our touring production travels with costumes, set, and props. At the conclusion of each performance the cast will also stay for a Q & A session with the audience!

Staging Requirements

  • 20 X 25 foot performance space is ideal
  • Minimum 30 mins set-up and tear-down time before and after performance (no extra time is needed before or after workshop)

Flexible indoor or outdoor performance options! Show may take place in gym, classroom, auditorium, theater, or other spaces.

Pricing

The mission of the educational tour is to reach as many students and as large an audience as possible. So no matter what the financial situation of your school or organization, we will work with you to bring the tour to your facility.

Pricing for the educational tour works on a sliding scale depending on the type of school or organization.

With no financial aid, one show (which includes one performance and one workshop) is $350 ($150 for each additional show).

MSP has received some funding from private sponsors which allows us to offer performances and workshops at a reduced rate to certain schools. So please make sure to include information about your school and funding situation.

We do ask that those schools and organizations that have the funding that would allow them to bring Manhattan Shakespeare Project’s educational tour to their facility to please pay what they are able. Our private sponsorship is limited and we would like to stretch it as far as possible to reach as many schools and organizations and students as possible, so even if you can afford $50 or $100, that would be significant.

Please make sure to talk to your MSP tour coordinator!

Tour dates book quickly. Call NOW (646-450-8367) or e-mail education@manhattanshakes.org, or fax (650-264-3973) your Booking and Reservation Form NOW to bring this outstanding curriculum enrichment program to your location!

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