Sunday, January 4

7:00 – 9:30 pm    Gather at the Last Drop Tavern to greet Practicum participants (550 Powell Street)

Practicum Day 1: Monday, January 5
All sessions in the Crystal Room

9:00 – 9:30    Join STA Associate Member and certified Linklater teacher Rebecca Kemper in an energizing Linklater-based warm-up for the voice and body.

9:30 – 9:45    Break

9:45 -12:00    Start the Practicum off right with a twist on our traditional clown workshop – an exploration of Commedia dell’ Arte, including masks, with San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Resident Artists Michael Truman Cavanaugh and Sharon Huff Robinson.

12:00- 1:00    Lunch – provided onsite

1:00 – 2:45    Pop-ups Part One: Practicum participants will work in small groups to present original pop-up performances of Shakespeare scenes in unexpected outdoor venues around the Fairmont Hotel, based on SF Shakes’ popular Free Shakespeare in the Parklet experiments. In this first session, groups and scenes will be assigned and sites suggested – with Rebecca J. Ennals and SF Shakes’ Resident Artists.

2:45 – 3:00    Break

3:00 – 5:00    Psychiatrist Dr. George Mutch provides insights for teaching artists on using Shakespeare and performance to reach people on the autism spectrum. He’ll discuss his research and suggest exercises for engaging and inspiring this part of the population.

5:00 – 7:00    Dinner (on your own)

7:00 – 12:00  Drinkcussions – Laurel Court Bar

Practicum Day 2: Tuesday, Jan 6
Field Trip to Djerassi, Woodside, CA (if lost, call their office at 650-747-1250 or “the barn” at 650-747-9145)

djerassi8:45 – 9:00    Board shuttles (Fairmont Hotel Lobby)

9:00 -10:00    Travel to  Djerassi Ranch in Woodside, CA

10:00-12:30    Sculpture hike – lead by Djerassi Ranch Executive Director Margot Knight

12:30- 1:30    Lunch – provided onsite

1:30 – 3:15    24-hour Shakespeare – with Ben Crystal, Warren Rusher and Aslam Husain

3:15 – 3:30    Break

3:30 – 6:00    Original Pronunciation practices – with Ben Crystal, Warren Rusher and Aslam Husain

6:00 – 6:15    Board shuttles

6:15 – 7:15    Travel to San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel

7:15 – 8:00   Dinner (on your own)

8:00 – 9:30    Shotzspeare! One-act plays inspired by Shakespeare especially for STA, written by local playwrights, at Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 – $10 for a ticket and a beer; pay cash at door (no cc) and please reserve in advance with Rebecca –

10:00-12:00    Drinkcussions – Laurel Court Bar

Practicum Day 3: Wednesday, Jan 7
All sessions in the Crystal Room

9:00 – 9:30    Warm-up: Join SF Shakes Resident Artist Sarah Shoshana David and act like a kindergartner! Sarah shares techniques she uses to teach Shakespeare songs and stories to the very youngest SF Shakes students, our 4-6-year-old Sprites.

9:30 – 9:45    Break

9:45 -11:15    Use of Technology in Education and Performance Settings: Stephen Muterspaugh and Laura Cole present current best practices and innovative augmented reality technology for use in classroom and performance settings to engage—rather than distract—students and audiences alike.

11:15-11:30    Break

11:30-12:30   Shakespeare Works When Shakespeare Plays – Education and Training Focus Committee members share the details of their third successful conference training teachers to teach Shakespeare actively. Learn how you might bring this conference to your region. With Sarah Enloe, Carl Holvick-Thomas, and UC Davis’ Joyce Donaldson.

12:30- 1:30    Lunch (on your own)

1:30 – 2:30    Sarah Enloe shares tips for navigating the Common Core, and how to meet the standards in your residencies and curriculum. She will be joined by Kelly Boske, teacher at Cordova High School.

2:30 – 2:45    Break

2:45 – 4:30    Pop-ups Part Two: We’ll roam the Nob Hill/Union Square area watching Shakespeare scenes performed by all – and hopefully pick up some audience members along the way!

4:30 – 5:00    Closing Session – feedback, evaluation, planning

5:00 – 6:00    STA Officers’ Meeting – Executive Committee and past presidents only

7:00 – 9:30    Welcome Reception (Crown Room) – San Francisco’s glittering skyline is the perfect backdrop to the conference kick-off! Catch up with old friends, meet new ones and network with Shakespeareans from around the globe. (Cheese and crackers, crudite, and a drink of your choice are complementary, cash bar thereafter.)


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