Shakespeare Electronic Conference
Member Biographies - Volume 117

*Coy, Mary <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I'm working toward a Master of Letters/Master of Fine Arts in
Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at Mary Baldwin College in
affiliation with the American Shakespeare Center and the Blackfriars
Theatre in Staunton, Virginia. I have 15 years experience as a voice
coach and acting teacher. I have taught, among others, at the University
of Virginia, University of Mississippi, Virginia Commonwealth University
and Randolph-Macon Woman's College and am on the the faculty of
Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, MA. I've directed productions of AS YOU LIKE
IT, TAMING OF THE SHREW as well as other plays but Shakespeare has been
the most challenging and the most fun.
My area of interest is the voice and speaking Shakespeare. I'm also
interested in original pronunciation and tapping the words for more
clues to emotion and character and using this information to help the
actor to speak clearly and audibly and with greater understanding.

*Zimmer, Stephen <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

I'm fifty-seven years old, have a master's degree in Social Work and
have been in private practice as a psychotherapist in New York City for
the past twenty-five years, none of which having much to do with my
interest in Shakespeare or your list serve. I've been taking creative
writing courses and literature courses at the New School University in
lower Manhattan for the last three years and completed my first
Shakespeare course this summer. I wanted to break the barrier of
intimidation that reading four hundred year old texts held for me so
that I might become familiar with Shakespeare, as I try to fill in the
many gaps in my literary education. I hadn't anticipated that, ten plays
later, I would have fallen completely under the spell of "the Bard." And
now I am obsessed with all things Shakespearean. Can't wait to see the
next production anywhere nearby, have my entire family reading Twelfth
Night in preparation to go see it performed here in NYC this summer,
etc. I'm sure you can imagine! So, I would like to join your group
because it will introduce me to modern Shakespearean scholarship that
will deepen my understanding and appreciation for "the cannon." I hope
you'll permit a neophyte like myself admittance to the list serve.


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