While many English or Theatre teachers (myself included) embrace William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Macbeth, or A Midsummer Night’s Dream, I actually really enjoy the history plays. Richard III is one of my favorite plays to teach because of the intriguing villain, dynamic poetry, and fascinating characters. However, in order for my students to make sense of it, I realized I had to make sense of the English history Shakespeare was using to write Richard III. In that endeavor, I tumbled down a rabbit hole and into a quagmire of complex English history mired in international and civil wars.
Performance adjudication is an important component of classroom assessments, thespian events and festivals, and high school awards competitions. Performers and directors revel in the compliments and bristle at the criticisms. Adjudicator comments can vary widely, even for the same show. Responsible adjudication, especially when dealing with students, is vital. Students are still in the process of learning, and as adjudicators, our job is to give feedback that will teach. If you are an adjudicator, follow these four guidelines to ensure that you do your job correctly and help students improve.
How can theatre teachers find new and interesting way to engage non-theatre students? With the advent of the new StageAgent for Schools program, it’s now easier than ever to integrate theatre into cross-curricular learning projects. Whether you want to brush up your Shakespeare in an English Literature class by having students perform monologues and scenes, or bring American History alive through the musical presence of the smash hit Hamilton, here are some ideas on how to integrate Theatre and other subjects such as Literature, Writing, History, Music, and Dance with the help of StageAgent for Schools. Read guest blogger Amanda Whitford Grundy’s post to see how you can use StageAgent for Schools and the many tools it offers to engage your students in all levels of theatrical learning.
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