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Re: Teachers or Directors
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.1829  Monday, 23 July 2001

From:           John Ramsay <
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Date:           Friday, 20 Jul 2001 12:06:14 -0400
Subject: 12.1811 Teachers or Directors (was Macbeth's Witches)
Comment:        Re: SHK 12.1811 Teachers or Directors (was Macbeth's Witches)

> 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.

As an English (not drama) teacher I would mention differing overall
interpretations when appropriate. A director, or a drama teacher
workshopping a play, has to stick with one.

Of course the class usually views a video of the play which allows for
discussion of a director's interpretation.

English teachers also tend to concentrate more on the literary aspects
of Shakespeare, sort of a readers' theatre approach, while keeping in
mind staging practicalities and Shakespeare's own stagecraft.

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