Best practices for teaching Macbeth: Seminar at FDU for NJ teachers

MADISON, NJ (March 9, 2011) — Fairleigh Dickinson University will host a free seminar and workshop, on teaching Shakespeare for primary and secondary school teachers on Saturday April 2, 2011, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Attendees, who must register in advance, are eligible to receive five Professional Development hours for their participation. The program will be held in the Bottle Hill Room in the Student Center at FDU’s College at Florham in Madison, NJ.


The seminar, “Best Practices for Teaching Shakespeare: Macbeth” will demonstrate ways to bridge the gap between teaching Shakespeare’s plays as literary texts and as scripts that are meant to be produced, seen, and heard. Speakers will be actor/director Joe Penczak and Harry Keyishian, professor emeritus, FDU. Co-organizer of the program is Dr. John Mucciolo, superintendent of the Glen Ridge Public School.


Penczak has an extensive background in acting and directing in both collegiate and community theater. In 2006, he formed Troupe Of Friends, a theater company based in Westfield, NJ which brings free, outdoor productions of Shakespeare to the public each Summer.  Additionally, Penczak has guest lectured at Rutgers University, and taught drama and speech classes at Katherine Gibbs College.


Keyishian was Professor of English at Fairleigh Dickinson University from1965 to 2010. Having written extensively on Shakespeare and other dramatists of that time, Keyishian is the author of The Shapes of Revenge: Victimization, Vengeance, and Vindictiveness in Shakespeare (1995).  


This seminar is a follow-up to the program “Best Practices for Teaching Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet,” which took place in April 2009. Both “Best Practices” events are outgrowths of the annual Shakespeare Colloquiums that have been held at FDU’s College at Florham each October since 1991.


A complimentary continental breakfast will be provided (8:45-9:30 a.m.). Lunch (1-2 p.m.) will be served in the student dining hall for a fee of $7.00.


The seminar is free for teachers and graduate students. Participants must register by March 25, 2011. For more information or to register, contact or 973-443-8711. Fairleigh Dickinson is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J. 07940.

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