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Teachers or Directors (was Macbeth's Witches)
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1811  Thursday, 19 July 2001

From:           Susan St. John <
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Date:           Wednesday, 18 Jul 2001 18:14:10 -0700
Subject:        Teachers or Directors (was Macbeth's Witches)

>  Marcia Eppich wrote:
>
> >And if the only contact a person has with
> >Shakespeare is in a classroom, then the teacher's interpretation >takes the
> >place of the director's interpretation.

then Takashi Kozuka wrote:

> Hmm... I'm curious if the substitution (the role of the director and
> that of the teacher) is this simple... Any crucial differences between
> their roles?  Any comments/thoughts on this from
> actors/actresses/directors?

My high school students (Phoenix, AZ) have read, studied, seen, and
performed a great deal of Shakespeare's works; I find that they are most
influenced by a directorial interpretation that they SEE, much more so
than the ideas TOLD to them by a teacher, or their own interpretations.
As their drama teacher (not their English teacher), I try to present as
many options for interpretation as I can give them, reassure them that
if they are acting they can give input but must ultimately bow to the
director's concept, and when they are ready to formulate their own
interpretation they should direct!

Susan.

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