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Shakespeare's Ghosts

Explore ghostly appearances in Shakespeare's plays and write a ghost scene of your own
Esther Williamson, MFA
18 total reviews for this teacher
New class
  There are no upcoming classes.
55 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does a "Multi-Day" course work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Skills developed in this class include:
•	Reading and comprehending Shakespeare
•	Making meaningful contributions to group discussion
•	Playwriting
•	Offering and receiving constructive feedback
Relevant experience:

I have taught Shakespeare to high school and middle school students for the past 20 years in many different settings, from single-day workshops to two-week camps to semester-long classes. I have been a teaching artist in theatres around the US, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington DC, and Imagination Stage in Maryland. I was also adjunct faculty for two years at Seattle Pacific University, where I directed the University Players, a touring troupe that wrote two scripts per year and toured them to high schools, churches, and community spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Degrees earned: 
BA, Theatre and English, Seattle Pacific University
MFA, Classical Acting, The Shakespeare Theatre Company/George Washington University
Writing: Over the course of a month, students will be required to write one scene, two to six pages in length. 
Reading: Students may be asked to read materials ahead of time so they will be ready to discuss them in class. 
In this class, we will be reading scenes from Shakespeare's plays. I will provide the scenes each week. Students who wish to be familiar with the plays from which the scenes are taken should read (in this order): Macbeth Hamlet Richard III
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Shakespeare's ghosts usually appear when foul play has occurred. Sensitive topics that may arise in discussion include murder, violence, revenge, and human cruelty. 

This class will deal with ghosts as characters in plays. It is not an exploration of supernatural phenomena.
The scenes we read in class will be provided. If students wish to look further into Shakespeare's plays, the complete works are readily available online and in libraries everywhere. I find the Folger and Pelican editions of Shakespeare's plays most helpful for students at a middle or high school level.


Esther Williamson, MFAActor, Musician, Word Nerd
18 total reviews
12 completed classes

About Me

I am a classical actor and teaching artist, and I'm excited to share my love of the performing arts with Outschool’s learners. I live in New York, but I have worked with companies all around the United States, from the iconic Oregon Shakespeare... 
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