In addition to their provocative performances, the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ also conducts engaging workshops that get students on their feet to perform Shakespeare’s text. While the performances engage, educate, and enlighten, the workshops make the experience more personal. Together, they transform Shakespeare from merely words in “some old book” to a fun, easily understood and accessible […]
In his program Word Play, Alden Phelps combines a high-energy collection of far-fetched, funny songs and impressive guitar playing to delight every audience. In this reading and music assembly, students sing along with original songs such as: “When They Make Me President” “My Brother’s Got an iPod Totally Attached to His Head” “The Mysterious Island […]
Students use freestyle rap and improvised lyrics to explore language, build confidence, and use creativity. Jacob Winterstein helps students use their own unique voices to weave words together into inspired lyrics, the art of freestyling illustrates to students the power poets possess. This art form strengthens students’ ability to bring forth new ideas, innovations, and solutions […]
Odes and appreciation poems have been praising people, places, events, things, and ideas for millennia. During this program with Jacob Winterstein students listen to, watch, and engage in close readings of odes and appreciation poems from a diverse sampling of poets. Students identify people, places, events, traditions, beliefs, and ideas in their lives that they […]
This energetic and engaging exploration of percussion and poetry introduces students to how rhythms and spoken word can awaken their inner artists. Students connect to both verbal and non-verbal ways to express themselves while learning to develop their own unique voices—one word, one beat at a time. Topics covered by Poetry Meets Percussion include the following: […]
In this provocative workshop with Rebecca Kelly, students reflect on symbols of the Holocaust, creating their own poetry and art in response. Artforms can include collage, graphite pencil drawings, watercolors, wax pastel images, and more. The poems in the collection I Never Saw Another Butterfly…, by Pavel Friedman and others, are presented as catalysts for […]
Gayle Danley shines a light on the vivid, moving, and real poetry that each student holds inside. Residencies begin with a performance that opens youthful eyes and ears to the power of the spoken word, and can end with a poetry “slam” in which students share their work with classmates and teachers.
Using figurative language and image to spark the imagination, students explore memory through creative writing with Eloise Bruce. Guided by the five senses, students use their personal experiences and emotions for inspiration as they write their own original poems. The results are carefully crafted memory poems expressed in vivid sensory language.
“Slamming” is poetry written and performed by the poet. This powerful performance builds a meaningful connection with students through the delivery of heart stirring, real-life poetry, creating an incomparable literary experience that is both dramatic and humorous. In three optional workshops following the performance, students write and perform their own slam poetry and create their […]
Shakespeare has never been more appealing or understandable. From the balcony scene in Romeo andJuliet to Hamlet’s lament with Yorick’s skull, this Red Sneaker Productions assembly makes the greatest writer in the English language cool! Students understand the Bard’s brilliance through humor, costumes, sword fights, Elizabethan insults, and lots of audience involvement.