Playing Shakespeare 11-18 | S19

Ages: 11-18
Day, Time: Tuesdays 12:00-1:00
Location: Game Room


Melanie White

Melanie White is a director, dramaturg, stage manager, and teaching artist. She was the drama specialist at University Cooperative School from 2009-2018 and at Billings Middle School in the 2017-18 school year, and has taught at Second Story Rep, Seattle, Rep, and Experimental College. She was the lead teacher on the Shakespeare in Prisons Project at Green Hill School in Chehalis, where she directed and produced Julius Caesar, a first in the national juvenile justice system. Her directing work has been seen in New York, London, Seattle, and Los Angeles. She has been artistic director of Hamlet’s Janitor Productions, Open Circle Theater, and Off-Center Opera. She worked as a stage manager at Teatro ZinZanni for 11 years.
 Her plays have been produced and/or workshopped at Book-It Rep, Teatro ZinZanni, and The Blank Theatre in LA. Melanie received her BA from Brown University and her MA in Contemporary Shakespearean Performance from the University of Essex, England.

class description

Scared of Shakespeare? You won’t be after this class! Love Shakespeare? Come on down! We’ll discuss Shakespeare’s life and times, explore how iambic pentameter works – and why sometimes it doesn’t – and explore some scenes and monologues. You don’t need any acting experience – or you can bring a lot. Find out why Shakespeare’s plays have been translated into every world language and why, 400 years after his death, he’s still the most-produced playwright of all time. Although the class will have a performance component, it’s not primarily an acting class – anyone willing to come play around with text is welcome.

Required Skills for Students to Be Successful in This Class:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.

At least 3-4th grade reading level, willingness to take chances, explore, and dive deep into Shakespeare’s work!



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parent involvement:

This class is intended for students only.

Parents are welcome to quietly observe. Please arrange with the teacher prior to class.

Age Variances:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.