Category Archives: Artistic Learning

The First Shakespeare Assembly of 2011!

Cal Shakes Director of Artistic Learning Trish Tillman reports from the field. The entire Artistic Learning staff was out in Walnut Creek Friday at the Diablo Actors’ Ensemble theater for our first assembly run with Henry the Eighth.  We had … Continue reading

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An Artistic Learning Valentine: R&J in Suburbia

Last week we heard from Eli Wirtschafter, a former Cal Shakes Conservatory student—that’s him on the right, playing Berowne in Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2009, the summer after his senior year of high school. Eli is now studying at UC … Continue reading

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Busting the Myth of the “Off-Season”

A little perspective from Box Office Manager Robin Dolan. On those crazy days here at the Cal Shakes office when there are actors warming up with nonsense words in the hall or playing instruments and dancing in the parking lot, … Continue reading

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Big Ideas Fest Blog #1: Video Inspiration

This week, Cal Shakes’ Artistic Learning Programs and Outreach Manager Emily Morrison attended Big Ideas Fest 2010 in Half Moon Bay. Big Ideas is a three-day-long conference that aims to immerse educators in collaboration and design with the focus on … Continue reading

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The last of the Carlin-Campbell blogs: Jumping away from conclusion

Last week, Cal Shakes Associate Artist Ron Campbell who has spent the last few years appearing as The King of the Clowns in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza gave a workshop on in our rehearsal hall as the culmination of his … Continue reading

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Recess Repertory, or The Ripple Effect

This story was sent to us by Denise Altaffer, mother of Summer Shakespeare Conservatory student—and Macbeth understudy—Will Altaffer. My 13-year-old son, Will, participated in the five-week camp this past summer for the first time. He had a fantastic experience and … Continue reading

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Saturday: From the tube to you.

This past week and weekend, Cal Shakes Associate Artist Ron Campbell—who has spent the last few years appearing as The King of the Clowns in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza—gave a workshop on in our rehearsal hall as the culmination of … Continue reading

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Fingerprints and All: Submitting Yourself to the Unpredictable

This past week and weekend, Cal Shakes Associate Artist Ron Campbell—who has spent the last few years appearing as The King of the Clowns in Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza—gave a workshop on in our rehearsal hall as the culmination of … Continue reading

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High-fives, kid wrangling, and the usual”ews”and”aws”

  Our first student audience for Much Ado had a great time today. The theater gods blessed us with temperate weather, a virtual army of kid-wrangling staff, extra volunteers and house staff, and a full audience. (Which is a trend … Continue reading

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The Good Fortune Artists

The following blog was written by Martie Ogle (pictured center in the photo at right), a member of the Fortune Artists group of the 2010 Summer Shakespeare Conservatory. Six months after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, residents are still struggling … Continue reading

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