A seasoned actor, director, and teacher, I coach actors, teach theatre and enrichment classes, and direct productions both professionally and in the schools. I partner with teachers to develop Shakespeare-centered theatre workshops for the classroom as well as the rehearsal hall.
Shakespeare & me
Theatre-based enrichment for Shakespeare studies
Workshops, performances, coaching, & scene studies for Santa Barbara County Public Schools, Grades 2 - 12. Sponsored by UCSB Humanities & Fine Arts & the Bren School and in association with the Department of Theater & Dance.
Heather Stanford has created a unique outreach program to introduce local high school students to learn Shakespeare. Combining stage performance, acting workshops and an interactive learning environment, students experience Shakespeare's works as they were meant to be.
In-class workshops for grades 2 - 12. All workshops complement your curriculum by providing a general introduction to Shakespeare's theatre and/or a specific focus on plays on your syllabus. This approach supplies a useful way to introduce a Shakespeare studies unit through interactive workshops that invite students to explore personal connections to Shakespeare's language and stories.
Options include single visits or extended residencies up to 10 weeks. We can prepare 30-90 minute custom scripts for your class' needs, edited to suit grade level and class size.
This is a highly inclusive program aimed at affirming students' range of comfort with the subject matter. There is a role for everyone, not just those with strong reading skills.