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.
Over the past few months, we have been asking our contributors here at StageAgent what some of their favorite theatre books were, whether it was for a summer read, something that greatly influences them, or just an amazing reference book to have on hand. So to kick off 2018, here’s a suggested reading list, a quick run down of 12 books recommended by the StageAgent team. We think there’s a little something here for everyone. Enjoy!
Drama teachers rarely have enough time in the classroom to adequately focus on improving literacy in the Dramatic Arts. When so many theatre classes are group exercises that are project-driven, teachers struggle to ensure that kids learn about plays and playwrights. Further, how can theatre teachers truly measure a student’s learning progress? Luckily, computers in the classroom and constant online access have bred kids who are quick to use the internet. New programs like StageAgent for Schools have been launched to help fill these teaching gaps in the typical drama classroom. StageAgent for Schools has now been adopted by the drama programs at 24 Dallas ISD high schools. In this post, Lisa Cotie, a theatre teacher at the award-winning Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas, discusses the genesis of the StageAgent for Schools program and why drama teachers need to bring StageAgent for Schools into their classrooms.
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