NMSF Educational Outreach Program
Our Educational Outreach Program includes Shakespeare Comes Alive! and Inside the Rehearsal Hall. Due to funding we’ve received in the form of grants and sponsorships, we can offer your group or organization any one or a combination of exciting activities completely free of charge.
Shakespeare Comes Alive! (currently suspended due to the Covid pandemic)
We come to you! If you have a classroom full of students studying Shakespeare, a group of adults interested in performing or learning more about Shakespeare in performance, or even a group of young children eager to learn more about “playing” Shakespeare, we can help! We can tailor these presentations to your needs. Following are some examples:
- Actors perform scenes and monologues from a variety of plays and talk about the character development process.
- Directors and/or designers discuss the process through which they take a script and prepare to mount it for production.
- Actors and/or Directors create workshops to teach Shakespeare in performance.
- Actors and/or Directors provide feedback to aspiring performers on prepared material.
In the Rehearsal Hall (Pre-recorded video and video conferencing)
During the Covid pandemic, because group gatherings have been impossible, we have created a new method of getting our educational work out to the public. We are creating videos of our company members in rehearsal Using both monologues and scene work we are demonstrating how we decipher the language, interpret meaning, develop character, make choices and analyze for staging and movement. Additionally, we can potentially set up a video-conference after viewing the videos for your group in which we can answer questions and further discuss decisions.
What does it mean? Shakespeare has written some of the greatest stories and most interesting and multi-layered characters in the English language. They have the ability to teach us what it is to be human. But they can be so difficult to understand! How do modern actors and a modern audience learn to comprehend his language? Using scenes and monologues from various plays, how we go from words on a page to a living, breathing character.
Who Was Shakespeare and Why Do We Care?
Directors and Actors discuss some common questions about why we still read and perform Shakespeare.
Julius Caesar Act II, Sc 1
Portia’s Monologue with Brutus
Hamlet Act III, Sc 1
“To Be or Not to Be…”
Romeo and Juliet Act II, Sc 2
Juliet’s monologue after the dance
Macbeth Act II, Sc 1
"Is this a dagger that I see before me…”
- Who is Hamlet? The arc of a character
- Casting against gender--A female Hamlet? Why or why not?
ROMEO AND JULIET
- What’s it like to be 14? The strength, maturity and rebelliousness of the character of Juliet
- Fathers and Daughters-- The relationship between Juliet and Lord Capulet
- What is Love? An exploration of the concept of love in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
- Husbands and Wives--The relationship between Lady Macbeth and Macbeth
- At All costs--and exploration of Ambition and Power in Macbeth
- Rhetorical Language--The ability to move a crowd with persuasion in Julius Caesar
- Loyalty--Exploring the relationship between Brutus and Cassius
- Casting against gender--A female Cassius? Females in traditionally male roles and how that can change the intention or motivation
Fully Mounted Productions
Each summer we mount two of Shakespeare’s plays to be produced at the New Mexico Veteran’s Memorial site in Albuquerque. We are available to tour those productions to various locations around New Mexico during the months of August and September.