Category Archives: By Trish Tillman (Director of Artistic Learning)

Listen to Trish Tillman Talk About 32-Second Shakespeare

Here’s our own Director of Artistic Learning Trish Tillman on the air at FOX 101.1 FM in Salinas yesterday, talking with Mark Carbanaro about her 32-second Shakespeare at the Carmel Authors & Ideas Fest and our production of Hamlet.

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The Tempest Brings Out the Best in Student Audience … and Local Cows

  Director of Artistic Learning Trish Tillman gives us an inside look at the first Student Matinee of The Tempest. We had our first Tempest matinee today, with a brand new group of Artistic Learning interns, and a really excited, … Continue reading

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Beginnings

A blog from Cal Shakes Director of Artistic Learning on the first day of class. I love the first day of class. I relish it. Kids are fresh to the work, unencumbered with expectations, hopeful, fearful, usually eager for something … Continue reading

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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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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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You never know how much kissing is really going on in a show until you play it for adolescents.

The first Student Discovery Matinee of the year was yesterday morning, for John Steinbeck’s The Pastures of Heaven. We had about 420 people in the house, the majority of whom were from under-served Oakland middle and high schools. Two of … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes at a Student Discovery Matinee

The following is an account of our Student Discovery Matinee Series from the perspective of Trish Tillman, director of Artistic Learning. the first half of this piece ran in Cal Shakes’ May 2010 newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter, click … Continue reading

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Visiting the Real Pastures of Heaven.

The following blog was written by Trish Tillman, Cal Shakes’ director of Artistic Learning. Last weekend several of us from Cal Shakes and Word for Word Performing Arts Company went to Salinas to hold some events in anticipation of our … Continue reading

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Steinbeck Blog Prompt #2: Identity and Community

This is the second in our series of three prompts, designed to help inform our upcoming Steinbeck Project workshop. The Cal Shakes New Works/New Communities program would love for you to leave your input in the “comments” section below, via … Continue reading

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A Midsummer’s Afternoon Student Matinee

Hello everyone! Today’s Student Discovery Matinee was—yes, you guessed it—awesome. The sun was warm but not unbearable; the chaperones were on their game with their groups; the students (a mix of kids who had been in plays, including Midsummer, and … Continue reading

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