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Re: Sh. and Company; The National Voice Intensive
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0310.  Monday, 17 April 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Amy Ulen <
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        Date:   Sunday, 16 Apr 1995 02:48:46 -0700 (PDT)
        Subj:   Shakespeare & Company
 
(2)     From:   Eric Armstrong <
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        Date:   Sunday, 16 Apr 1995 08:19:12 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0298  Shakes&Co. vs. The National Voice Intensive
 
 
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From:           Amy Ulen <
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Date:           Sunday, 16 Apr 1995 02:48:46 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:        Shakespeare & Company
 
I attended the 1994 Shakespeare & Company teachers Institute.  I was extremely
impressed with Shakespeare & Company, and have used almost everything I learned
at the Institute in my class room this year.  As an alternative school teacher,
I have not been able to use much of the scholarly work we did at the Institute
with my students.  Because of Shakespeare & Company, my students are now
learning about voice and movement.  Shakespeare is now something active and
alive for them.  This year alone, I was able to teach five of Shakespeare's
plays instead of my usual one.  I would say that Shakespeare & Company is
definitely doing something right for teachers!  I have even set up a
Shakespeare mailing list for teachers who have attended the Institute.
 
Amy Ulen
Moscow Alternative School Center
 
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From:           Eric Armstrong <
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Date:           Sunday, 16 Apr 1995 08:19:12 -0400
Subject: 6.0298  Shakes&Co. vs. The National Voice Intensive
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0298  Shakes&Co. vs. The National Voice Intensive
 
Many US readers familiar with Shakespeare and Company may not know that
Canadians have a somewhat similar program just outside Vancouver at Simon
Fraser University in Burnaby. The National Voice Intensive also combines
intensive voice work, with roots in the work of Iris Warren & Kristen
Linklater, and text work on Shakespeare. This five week program runs each
May/June up on top of Burnaby Mountain and differs from Shakes&Co in that it is
affordable. It seems to me (having never been to Shakespeare and Company) that
the Voice Intensive never became as invasive, nor was it affected by the
passion for "est" mentioned in the other posts. Yes, some people have
difficulties with the emotional and physical demands at the Voice Intensive,
but I cannot imagine a teacher telling someone to "tough it out". The most
delightful part for me, having been an assistant to the faculty for the past
two years and returning this year as a faculty member, is the skepticism that
some of us have for the "dogma" of some Shakespeare studies.
 
I look forward to my 5 weeks on the mountain. If anyone has questions about
this program, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Thanks,
Eric Armstrong.
 

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