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The Beaded Bag | A World of Stories

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Kentucky-based storyteller Mary Hamilton tells a haunting tale set in Victorian times, about a man who gives a young lady a ride across the Ohio River to her home in Louisville. When she disappears, he learns that he has become part of a sad and ghostly tradition.

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

MN Original | Actor Pearce Bunting

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Actor Pearce Bunting portrays the “host”, in Garrison Keillor’s play Radio Man which is based on Keillor’s childhood and creation of the radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. Learn about the process of adapting a personal story into a play.

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Advice for Pursuing a Career in the Theater | Treasures of New York: "The Drama League"

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Pursuing a career in the theater can seem intimidating and overwhelming. In this video from Treasures of New York: The Drama League, students receive advice from successful theater professionals like director Diane Paulus and actress Judith Light. From practical suggestions like staying informed by reading the newspaper, to more general advice like finding one’s passion, students hear from and are inspired by the words of experienced artists.

Supporting Theater Then and Now | Treasures of New York: "The Drama League"

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Explore the history of The Drama League and New York theater in this video from Treasures of New York: The Drama League. Students are asked to consider how the theater community depends on help from organizations like The Drama League to educate the public about the performing arts and to prepare future artists for a career in the theater industry. In addition to learning more about The Drama League, teaching tips ask students to create drama guides and awards for their own school productions.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Composer and Performer | MacArthur Fellows Program

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In this interview, 2015 MacArthur Fellow Lin-Manuel Miranda shares his journey to Broadway and his realization that he was free to tell stories reflecting his own experiences and community. Miranda is a composer, lyricist, performer, and creator of Tony Award winning plays In the Heights, as well as Hamilton: An American Musical, which was also awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. Miranda is reimagining American musical theater in works that fuse traditional storytelling with contemporary musical styles and voices. This resource is part of the MacArthur Fellows Program Collection.

Professional Training Company Director | Drama Arts Toolkit

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John Rooney, associate director of the Professional Training Company at Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL), describes how a professional training company prepares apprentices for theater work. The 40 ATL apprentices put on a full season of productions while receiving mentoring from theater professionals.

Stage Manager | Drama Arts Toolkit

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Katherine Thesing, a stage management apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville, explains what a stage manager does. She describes how she supports the production ensemble, serving as a conduit between the rehearsal room and those outside it, and keeps everything running smoothly and on time.

Literary Manager | Drama Arts Toolkit

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Lexy Leuszler explains her role as literary manager for the New Voices Young Playwrights Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville. More than 800 plays are submitted to judges for the festival, and she describes the process for deciding which will be produced and published.

Theater Costume Design | Drama Arts Toolkit

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Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) Design Competition and learn about the skills required for a career in costume design.

Shakespeare Inside the Classroom | Experiencing Shakespeare

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In this clip we visit a 9th grade class that is exploring the language of Romeo and Juliet by hurling Shakespearean insults at each other, and by looking at how reading the lines in different tones affects what meaning is conveyed.

Performing Shakespeare | Experiencing Shakespeare

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Student reporters meet on stage to try two different approaches to the same scene from Romeo and Juliet in order to examine the various interpretations that are possible.

Inside the Folger Vaults | Experiencing Shakespeare

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We go inside of the vault at the Folger Shakespeare Library to view books that may have been written by Shakespeare or those that Shakespeare knew.

Twelfth Night: Full Play | Shakespeare in the Schools

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Montana Shakespeare in the Schools performs Twelfth Night (What You Will) for middle and high school students. This resource includes the full play, with a talk-back after the show in which audience members ask the cast and crew questions about the production. The full transcript of the play is also included. 

Twelfth Night: Physical Theater Workshop | Shakespeare in the Schools

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This workshop is an introduction to how actors use movement and the physical body to tell stories and express emotion. Through playful exercise, students learn to use movement to convey the rich themes, conflicts, and relationships within Twelfth Night. This resource contains a Short Video with the actors discussing this topic, an example in the Full Workshop Video, an Excerpts Video containing examples from the full play, and a walk-through in the Lesson Plan.

Twelfth Night: Improv Workshop | Shakespeare in the Schools

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Improvisation is a key to Shakespearean works because there are no detailed scripts for actors to follow when performing a play by Shakespeare. This lesson is an introduction to three rules of improvisation (agreement, imagination, and given circumstance) through exercises that sharpen students’ ability to think on their feet and work as a team. They will then apply those exercises to exploring the theatrical world of Twelfth Night’s Illyria. This resource contains a Short Video with the actors discussing this topic, an example in the Full Workshop Video, an Excerpts Video containing examples from the full play, and a walk through in the Lesson Plan.

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