Take a trip to the Actors’ Renaissance Season at the American Shakespeare Center, and earn academic credit while enjoying immersion in early modern theater practices.
In spring 2020 the on-site portion of this credited ELN spring break trip was interrupted by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Professors Bono and Horne hope to revive a program like this involving the resources of the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, and/or the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. in spring or summer of 2024. For more information consult the websites of The Folger Shakespeare Library and the American Shakespeare Company or Professors Bono and/or Horne at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2001 the American Shakespeare Center at Staunton, Virginia, in the lovely Shenandoah Valley, has used its Blackfriars Theatre to put on an extraordinary repertory series of productions of the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, emphasizing original early modern theater practices such as actor-direction, cue scripts, full lighting, extensive doubling of parts, minimal props, and intensive audience interaction: a virtual laboratory of performance, experience, and economy!
This immersive spring break trip to their Actors’ Renaissance Season allows you to earn 3 academic credits and a series of Project-based Digital Badges based on the ELN PEARL model.
Spring comes early to the Shenandoah Valley, and in between assignments you will be free to explore this lovely Civil War-era town and the surrounding countryside. Your guides and co-teachers will be UB Associate Professors Barbara Bono of English and Maria S. Horne of Theatre and Dance. Both are experts in Shakespeare and drama, and each have received both the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and the UB Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring.
Schedule of Performances at Staunton:
Individually-designed response papers, lesson plans, projects and/or formal papers.
|Length of commitment||Less than a semester|
|Start time||February preparation, March trip, April outcome|
|In-person, remote, or hybrid? ||In-person|
|Level of collaboration||Activities are undertaken together, evaluated individually|
|Benefits||Academic credit (3) and real life experience in theatre production|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students, preferably with some experience reading Shakespeare and/or acting his plays|
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.
Theatre and Dance, English