Best Practices Workshop on teaching “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at FDU

MADISON, N.J. (March 21, 2012)—Fairleigh Dickinson University will offer a free seminar in Best Practices in Teaching Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for primary and secondary teachers in New Jersey on Saturday, March 31 from 9:30-2:30 p.m. at FDU’s College at Florham. Participating teachers will receive five professional development hours. 

The workshop, an outgrowth of the annual Shakespeare Colloquium held at FDU each year in October, is the third of a series of workshops designed for teachers, starting with Romeo and Juliet in 2009 and Macbeth in 2011. Lunch will be available in the student cafeteria for a small fee. 

The morning session, from 9:30 to noon, will be conducted by film, stage, and television actor Garth Kravits, who has been teaching acting for over 20 years and has been the drama coach at Glen Ridge High School since 2005, using Shakespeare’s text to teach basic stage speaking, character development, and songwriting. Kravits studied theater at the University of Maryland, where he won scholarships for acting and for musical performances, and has worked with the Folger Shakespeare Company in Washington D.C. 

In the afternoon session, from 1-2:30 p.m., Harry Keyishian, Professor Emeritus at FDU, will discuss “A Midsummer Night’s Dream in its Time,” setting the play in its original historical, political, and literary contexts. 

This workshop is organized by Dr. Keyishian and Dr. John Mucciolo, Superintendent of the Glen Ridge School District, with support from The Becton College Dean’s Office, the Office of the Provost, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society.

To assist in planning, participants are requested to register for the events by writing Registration is not required for attendance, but greatly appreciated. The workshop will be held in the Bottle Hill Room in the Student Center. Fairleigh Dickinson is located at 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, N.J.

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