AFYP in the Know: Shakespeare

AFYP Teaching Artist Kathleen Barth shares why she loves Shakespeare - and you will, too!
My introduction to Shakespeare was in eighth grade when my English class and I read and eventually performed As You Like It. While I sustain a boundless passion for the Bard and his works today, back in eighth grade I did not look forward to reading Shakespeare at all. I felt anxious and even fearful about reading--not to mention performing--As You Like It, worried if I would understand the language. However, the moment I began reading the text, I realized I had nothing to fear with Shakespeare. The language I once viewed as intimidating was actually simple to understand after I received the tools to harness the magic of the text. Later, when my class and I started performing scenes from the play, I unleashed my inner actor through the text's innate theatricality, which liberated me from the shyness. 
Since my incredible introduction to Shakespeare, I have read well over half of Shakespeare's canon, taken classes in acting Shakespeare, performed in classical plays, and taught workshops in Shakespeare and performance at AFYP. As a teaching artist, I teach Shakespeare by giving students the tools to analyze classical text and get on their feet and play in performance. 
Join me at AFYP on January 16th from 9:00-3:30 for a fun Shakespeare Workshop, where we will explore and play with the Bard's popular comedy, Twelfth Night.
AFYP's Advanced Actors perform a musical number in last fall's Billy Shakes and the Big Screen

AFYP's Advanced Actors perform a musical number in last fall's Billy Shakes and the Big Screen