Workshop Descriptions

Crossing the Bridge to the Bard: Engaging with Shakespeare in 4th-6th grade.

Session 3: Grades 4-6

We know! We know! You aren't all that fond of Shakespeare yourself, let alone the task of getting children on board. But trust us! There are good and happy reasons why Shakespeare is regarded as the preeminent writer of the English language. Using 4th-6th grade Language Arts standards as well as Drama/Theatre standards, we will help you "get" Shakespeare (or "Bill" as we fondly call him) with activities and lessons that are relatable, understandable and engaging for you AND your students. This will improve writing, speaking and comprehension through joyful and efficient learning. And not "to be (or not to be") painful at all. TRUST US!

Teacher! Meet me in the Middle!: Harnessing the child's natural voice for comprehension and creativity.

Session 4: Grades K-3

By the time most children are in third grade their understanding of voice control is pretty much "inside voice" or "outside voice." They are either too loud or not loud enough, let alone expressive or even interesting in their classroom speaking and reading. And yet we know the music of the spoken word is vital to comprehension and communication skills. In this workshop we will work on developing voice skills for read-aloud fluency as well as group discussion, presentation, and performance voice skills. Poetry, games, exercises and practical activities.

 

Teresa Love

Teresa Love has been working as a drama/theatre specialist for over 30 years. Her work on the innovative Provo Integrated Arts Project--arts in-service and curriculum--lead her to Los Angeles where she was a founding partner in two Theatre-in-Education/Theatre for Young Audience groups. For 17 years she was artistic director of Imagination Company, a touring theatre of adult professional actors who performed specifically for children. IMCO reached an audience of over four million children, mostly school populations. She is still actively associated with LA’s Open Window Entertainment.

 

Teresa was an in-classroom specialist with the Fullerton, California School District, and she worked with the Children’s Museum of Los Angeles on the Reading Edge program. She currently teaches at BYU in the Theatre and Media Arts Department, instructing preservice teachers in the course Drama in the Elementary School Classroom, as well teaching a course in storytelling. She participates as a professional development partner with the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Project. She is currently preparing to direct Water Sings Blue, based on Kate Coombs award winning poetry book about the ocean, which will tour with BYU's Young Company in fall of 2015.