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The 1994 NEH National Institute on
This page is dedicated to teaching Shakespeare through performance. Much of the information herein was gathered at the 1994 National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare. It is my hope that this information will help other teachers see the value of teaching Shakespeare through performance!
the summer of 1994, thirty teachers from around the United States
gathered at Simon's Rock College in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, for an
intensive month of studying Shakespeare. When I left for Massachusetts, I had no idea that the adventure I was embarking upon
would result in a new enthusiasm for teaching, a desire to enter
into the realm of Shakespearean scholarship, personal and
professional relationships that will last for years, and a grant for teaching Shakespeare through performance and
This was all made possible by the National Endowment
for the Humanities. The NEH supports
the children of this country by helping to provide educational
institutes and seminars for teachers. Please help support
schools, teachers, and -- most of all -- children, by writing to
the President and your local Congressmen. If the politicians see the wonderful work done by the
teachers who attend these institutes, I feel that their
skepticism will be replaced by enthusiasm!
I plan on
using this page to help promote teaching Shakespeare through
performance. I will share ideas gleaned from the 1994 National
Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, International Conference on
Teaching Shakespeare through Performance, and my own classroom
experiences. It is also my goal to use this page to share
teaching ideas from other teachers around the world!
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