E s678SB • Shakespeare at Winedale
Program Dates: Independent study May 7th-June 10th, at Winedale on June 11th, to England on August 24th, and return August 30th.
Shakespeare at Winedale is a course dedicated to the study of Shakespeare's plays through performance. This course offers an educational and theatrical experience of great intensity, as well as a unique opportunity for group interaction and self-exploration, to students from any discipline. The program is open to students of all majors. The first part of the course (four weeks) is an individual study, correspondence, conference course (E f678SA) preparing the student through reading of the texts, source materials, scholarship, and criticism. The second part of the course (E s678SB) is taken in residence at the 250-acre University of Texas Winedale Historical Center, near Round Top, Texas. For nine weeks, students study Shakespeare 15-18 hours a day, seven days a week, in the 1880 Theatre Barn. The summer concludes with 24 public performances of the plays studied, followed by a 9-day trip to London to study and perform on a variety of stages.
Plays: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew
Costs: Students pay the usual tuition and fee costs for six hours credit. Each student also pays for expenses associated with the London trip ($1,200).
Selection: Students are selected after interviews with Professor Loehlin. Special consideration is given to students who have never performed, though students with previous theatre experience are also welcomed.
Applying: To apply, (1) fill out an application, available in Calhoun 302 (2) make an appointment to see Professor Loehlin by e-mailing email@example.com or calling (512) 471-4726. Applications must be submitted between February 1 and April 1.
Grades will be based on level of participation, contributions to the group experience, and above all, the ability to learn and teach through performance (not acting ability per se). In the independent study phase of the course, and occasionally during the summer, there will be a series of short written assignments (1-2 pages). The course will test every aspect of the student's interaction with Shakespeare, demanding close critical reading, discussion and written analysis, and rigorous, creative exploration of the text in performance.