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Joyce McPherson

Contact Name: Joyce McPherson

Address:

357 Magnolia Vale Dr.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37419
United States

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Phone: (423) 825-1415

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Joyce McPherson is the founding director of a Shakespeare troupe for young people, which has performed dozens of plays for the community. Her simple scripts and ensemble approach to producing plays have made the works of Shakespeare accessible, and she is now making this opportunity available to other groups who would like to experience Shakespeare’s art. McPherson believes that Shakespeare’s plays are meant to be read aloud, and not just by one person sitting alone in a room, but by a group of people taking all the parts—a process of experiencing the play from the inside.

Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Experiencing Shakespeare through Character and Characterization

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Students in 6th-8th grades will become more familiar with Shakespeare’s work as they explore a play through the characters and their motivations. By acting out a scene, students will also learn characterization skills of movement and voice. Each student’s understanding will be assessed through group activities. The students’ insights from this lesson will guide future Shakespeare discussion or writing.

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Program Title: Experiencing Shakespeare through Advanced Characterization

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Students in 9th-12th grades will become more familiar with Shakespeare’s work as they explore a play through the characters and their motivations. By acting out a scene, students will also learn characterization skills through movement and voice. Each student’s understanding will be assessed through group activities. The students’ understanding from this lesson will help guide future Shakespeare discussion or writing.

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Program Title: College Facilitator Training for Character and Characterization Lesson

Program Type: Arts Curriculum

Program Description:

Learners will become more familiar with facilitating a lesson on Shakespeare’s work. By practicing the lesson plan, they will experience how to help students learn characterization skills through movement and voice. Each future facilitator’s understanding will be assessed through group activities and reflection. Their understanding from this lesson will help guide future facilitation activities.

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