One of my favorite things is visiting colleges, universities, high schools, and camps to share workshops. While I am skilled in teaching acting and directing workshops, I typically am invited to teach workshops in Shakespeare and theater history.
My favorite workshop to teach is one that I call “Theater History as a Living Art,” which helps students develop an understanding of theater history as a source of inspiration for their art. I focus on the evidentiary problems of theater history–how do we know what we think we know? How can we test what we think we know by putting it on its feet? I stage a lot of theater history experiments to help students develop an understanding of how the theaters of the past might have felt. My goal is to expand their idea of what theater can be.
Another workshop I thoroughly enjoy is called “Let Shakespeare Help You.” The purpose of this workshop is to help students who are preparing to perform Shakespeare by demonstrating the ways Shakespeare designed his text to facilitate performance after a short rehearsal period. We look at everything from helpful cuing to rhyme to vowel/consonant ratios.
From my years working in the research lab at Rosetta Stone, I have a lot of interest in pedagogy for adults. One workshop I have enjoyed sharing with faculty is “Get That Sage Off the Stage,” about applying research by people who study how adults learn to a content-heavy class like theater history. I wrote an article version of this workshop for Howl Round.