November 15, 2012

Area Students Bring Shakespeare to The Mondavi Center

Students from American River College receive last minute direction backstage from instructor Roxanne Morgan.
On November 14, more than one hundred high school and college students from the Sacramento region filled The Mondavi Center performing scenes from William Shakespeare’s Henry V. The student performances were directed by graduates of the 2012 Globe Education Academy for Teachers. Informed by the skills and knowledge developed at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the student performances demonstrated the benefits of bringing Shakespeare into the classroom.
According to Joyce Donaldson, arts education director at the Mondavi Center, “students really understand and relate to Shakespeare’s themes. Studying his plays allows teachers to discuss issues that are relevant to students such as love, greed, jealousy and deception.”
The Academy is a joint venture between The Mondavi Center, Los Rios Community College District and the UC Davis School of Education. The three programs work in conjunction with Globe Education in London to create a training program unlike any other in the world. The Academy is a professional development program meant to help teachers find new ways to incorporate the study of Shakespeare into their curriculum.
Twelve teachers are chosen to join the Academy each year. They enjoy a series of spring workshops lead by UC Davis faculty and Globe Education practitioners as well as a two week summer residency at Shakespeare's Globe in London. The final stage is the fall festival at The Mondavi Center where participating teachers and their students perform scenes from one of Shakespeare’s plays.
The teachers from last year’s Academy hail from 11 different area schools including: Harper Junior High School in Davis, Natomas Charter School, American River College in Sacramento, Sacramento City College, Hiram Johnson High School in Sacramento, St. Michael’s Episcopal Day School in Carmichael, Whitney High School in Rocklin, Kimball High School  in Tracy, Granite Bay High School, River City High School in West Sacramento and Rodriguez High School in Fairfield.
The Academy will begin its seventh year in February of 2013 with a new group of teachers. Drama and English teachers grades 7–12, in addition to teachers from Los Rios Community Colleges, are encouraged to apply. To submit your application and get more information visit  

Students from Sacramento City College warm up in the dressing room.
Students were treated to a pizza party in the lobby following the performances.


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