News & Updates
Academy Students Featured in KPBS Video
“Over the weekend hundreds of students from kindergarten through high school performed scenes from Shakespeare in Balboa Park as part of the San Diego Student Shakespeare Festival.”
Festival Judges’ Comments
“Excellent ensemble work. Terrific selection of material. Superior staging."
“Great job by the ensemble. They captured the essence of the scene and distilled it well for the audience."
“An excellent scene that captured the core of the relationships and the spine of the characters."
“Each character had a true physical life that matched station and role."
“Excellent work. The understanding and comfort with the text was of very high value."
“Really channeled Romeo."
“Very promising young actress. Expect great things from her."
“Text was clearly understood and well contextualized."
“Dexterity with language (with Hal, Poins, and Falstaff being outstanding)."
“Gestures were clear and committed to fully."
“Physicalization was very good throughout, and well-matched to each character."
“Nice staging and ensemble work."
Academy students entertain members and guests of the San Diego Shakespeare Society at their annual Barb Birthday Bash at the Munk residence in La Jolla.
Explore King Lear:
Shakespeare & Tea is planning to tackle King Lear!
For those of you who are ready to sink your teeth in Shakespeare:
We will spend three sessions exploring the Bard's (arguably) most important play. Rather than focusing on the staged reading/acting, we will focus on the text itself. We will read the entire play, out-loud, together, stopping wherever you want, for questions and observations.
We will explore questions like these:
What does it mean to be a king (in a position of political authority)? What is a ruler's relationship with those he rules? What can he reasonably demand? What obedience do the ruled owe him? Is our obedience dependent on the ruler's virtues? If so, how do we determine those? If not, what is it that compels our obedience?
What does it mean to be human? What is left of a person after fortune takes away every earthly good?
What is law? Which laws are just? On what standards is the lawmaker to be judged? On what standards is the lawbreaker to be judged?
What is love? How do we recognize it? How do we know if it is requited?
Regret, repentance, forgiveness: Responding to the past.
Open to absolutely everyone! No previous knowledge of Shakespeare required.
(Due to the subject matter of this play, not recommended for young children. Please contact me with any questions about suitability.)
Central Library, third Sundays, 2-4pm
Oct 16: King Lear, part 1
Nov 20: King Lear, part 2
Dec 18: holiday break
Jan 15: King Lear, part 3
Fall 2016 Classes are Underway:
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12 noon
Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
After-school class being formed:
Contact director if interested in enrolling.
NEW! Shakespeare & Tea
Please join The Shakespeare Academy for a reading of The Winter's Tale (part 1*).
Sunday, March 6, 2-4pm (and every 1st Sunday thereafter).
*Part 2 of The Winter's Tale will be April 3.
SPRING 2016 Classes begin the week of Monday, February 29!
New option: Private Coaching.
Cost of 9-week session: $270.
Cost of 9-week session plus 2 hours of private coaching: $300.
Please RSVP ASAP so I can start casting!!!!
Tuesdays, 10:00–12:00, elementary and middle school grades
Monday evenings, details TBD, middle and high school grades
Please let us know if want a class in your area.
Classes are ten weeks and culminate in a performance on November 21.
Age categories are flexible.
Please fill out the sign up form if you would like to have a class in your area. There are interested families in Encinitas, Ramona, Chula Vista, and Carmel Mountain.
The first annual Shakespeare Camp was fun, fun, fun!
More than 40 students enjoyed Shakespeare Camp sponsored by Our Lady of the Rosary in Little Italy. On Monday morning when they arrived, many students had never encountered Shakespeare before. By Friday, they had read Macbeth in its entirety and performed scenes from the play for their parents and friends. The scenes were student-directed, and included fight choreography, sound and light effects, costumes, and scenery. Sandwiched in between were lots of Shakespeare tag, games, puzzles, and art.
NEW! Shakespeare for Grownups!
Did you miss out on Shakespeare as a kid? Or would you simply enjoy spending time with the Bard and some of his fans?
If so, why not join a Shakespeare Academy Reading Group! It’s never too late! In a small (4-8 people), informal group we will read a play aloud together, stopping for any and all questions and comments along the way. No experience necessary. The reading group will meet 2 or 3 times (depending on the play) for a 2-hour session in a coffee house or someone’s home. Director Cherie Peacock will facilitate, providing background, context, translations, and encouragement.
$25 per session ($50 for a 2-session play).
Please contact us if you are interested. Reading groups forming now.
SHAKESPEARE PLAYERS: Spring 2014
Shakespeare Club students: This is your opportunity to take your acting to the next level!
If you performed As You Like It in 2013, this class will prepare you to compete with an ensemble in the San Diego Shakespeare Society Student Festival in Balboa Park on May 3, 2014.
Shakespeare Players will explore with Miss Peacock how Shakespeare uses heightened language, meter, caesura, punctuation, and antithesis to embody the range of human thought and emotion. They will explore with Mr. DiSilva blocking (self-awareness, courtesy, and thoughtfulness), motivation (how others perceive you, memory, charity), vocal technique (self-giving, self-knowledge), and stage terminology (virtuosity).
Open to 5th-12th grades.
NEW CLASS: Sonnets and Soliloquies
If you didn’t perform As You Like It in 2013 but would like to perform in the Student Festival, you still can! The Student Festival is adding a new stage this year for solo performances of sonnets and soliloquies, so The Shakespeare Academy has developed a new class.
Sonnets and Soliloquies will explore with Miss Peacock how Shakespeare uses heightened language, meter, caesura, punctuation, and antithesis to embody the range of human thought and emotion. They will explore with Mr. DiSilva blocking (self-awareness), motivation (how others perceive you, memory, charity), vocal technique (self-giving, self-knowledge), and stage terminology (virtuosity)—all in the context of solo performance.
SHAKESPEARE CLUB: Spring 2014
Notice: 4th-8th Grade Shakespeare Club will be changed to a 10-week session to give us time to prepare for the performance.
The play for this semester is The Tempest!
The Tempest has something for everyone: A storm at sea. A shipwreck. A magical island. A plot for revenge. Love at first sight. It is also (arguably) Shakespeare’s very last play—the one in which he says goodbye to the stage (“This rough magic I here abjure.”) and returns to his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.
4th-8th grades, Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am, 10 weeks starting January 26, 2014. $100.
8th-12th grades, Mondays 1-2:30pm, 15 weeks starting January 22, 2014. $225.
4th-8th grades, Wednesday mornings.
(Enrollment restricted to members of St. Anne’s Homeschool Cooperative.)
8th-12th grades, Wednesday afternoons, beginning March 2014.
Further details to come.
More classes to come. Please call if you would like to have a class in your area.
After-school programs forming now. Would you like one at your school?