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Teaching the Holocaust Through Art: Classwork Timeline | Murals of the Holocaust

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Kim Joiner explains how she planned a unit on the Holocaust that included art and drama activities and a field trip. She describes the elements of the unit, from the initial overview for students to history and art lessons, field trip preparation, and the final art project and presentations.

Iago in Shakespeare and Verdi | The Metropolitan Opera

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This excerpt from Verdi’s Otello presents the character of Iago in his most famous operatic aria, commonly known as his “Credo.” By comparing the aria to Shakespeare’s text of Othello, students will explore how different artistic mediums convey information about characters. Explore the support materials below for additional background, discussion questions, teaching tips, and a student handout.

Japanese Aesthetics | Japanese Culture

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In this video, Shozo Sato provides a brief overview of Japanese aesthetics and explains the major differences between Western and Japanese aesthetics. He talks about the Japanese emphasis on stylization and the function of art and the artist in Japanese society. He also describes “maximum art” (such as Kabuki) and “minimal art” (such as haiku or rock garden) and the need for balance in both.

A Conversation With Poet Laureate Kay Ryan

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Correspondent Jeffrey Brown talks to Kay Ryan about her poetry and her role as Poet Laureate.

Senior Vice President of Theatre Operations | Great Job!

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Gina Vernaci started as a temporary assistant at Cleveland's Playhouse Square theatre district in the 1970s, when it was nearly bankrupt. Today she's senior vice president of theatre operations, and Playhouse Square is the second-largest theatre district in the U.S. In this video we learn how perseverance and an interest in math and finance led Vernaci to a successful career in the arts.

On Directing: George C. Wolfe

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Actor Patrick Stewart talks about the important contributions a good director makes to a production. Director George C. Wolfe watches a rehearsal of a scene from Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk and comments on how he works with actors. Wolfe, a Kentucky native, is also a playwright and the former artistic director of the Public Theater in New York City.

Medieval: Everyman

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This is a reader’s theater performance of part of Everyman, the best surviving example of the type of Medieval drama known as the morality play. In this scene, Everyman, played by Spencer Christiensen, is at the end of his life, accompanied by several virtues, including Strength, Discretion, Knowledge, Beauty, and Good Deeds. One by one, his companions abandon him to his fate. Ultimately, it is only Good Deeds that stays with him at death, showing that worldly virtues are greatly outweighed by the character of a person.

Contemporary American Theater: Interviews with Arthur Miller, Ashley Judd, and Eddie Bracken

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Playwright Arthur Miller, actress Ashley Judd, and actor Eddie Bracken talk about Miller’s play The Ryan Interview.

“Disgraced” Explores Identity and Islam in America

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See how theater can help tackle tough questions about Muslim-American identity with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from October 30, 2014.

Dramatic Interpretation of Literature: The Tell-Tale Heart

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Actor Kevin Hardesty gives a dramatic reading of a passage from the Edgar Allan Poe story “The Tell-Tale Heart.” The text is shown on screen alongside his performance.

Chicago Youth Tackle Difficult Issues through Theater

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In Chicago, young people are using theatre as a way to deal with tough issues in their lives and share their experiences with others. Share the story with your students through this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from August, 21 2013. 

Chinese-Born Artist Ma Li Makes Treasure from Trash

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Crafted from recycled materials, Ma Li’s dream-like sculptures celebrate individual freedom, imagination and play. In Ma Li’s hands, clear plastic bottles transform into suspended fields of jellyfish-like sculptures, and colored foam and clothes hangers resemble migrating flocks of birds. With references to Chinese history, ecological concerns, ritual and fantasy, the San Francisco Bay Area-based visual and performance artist weaves unlikely materials into large-scale immersive environments, and brings them to life with choreographed movements.

MN Original | Actor Tyler Michaels

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Tyler Michaels, known for his physical, scene-stealing roles, has graced many Twin Cities stages. Learn about the life and goals of a young actor and reflect on your goals.

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The Piper's Cold Feet | A World of Stories

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Pennsylvania-based storyteller Megan Hicks tells a traditional Scottish tale about a piper who steal’s a dead man boots, but comes to regret it.

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories collection.

The Merchant of Venice: Language of Shakespeare | Shakespeare in the Schools

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In The Merchant of VenicePortia and Shylock use language to persuade a jury. Two iconic speeches, "The Quality of Mercy" and Hath not a Jew eyes?" illustrate the rhetorical devices of listing and imagery.

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