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Workshops/Lesson Plans

Imagine and Discover


An ACT 48 Credited Workshop Hosted by Prime Stage Theatre

Price: $125.00 including materials & lunch
Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Prime Stage Studio
840 Saw Mill Run Blvd |
Lower Entrance | 15220

Objective: One day (ACT 48 credited) workshop for English/ Drama teachers to facilitate the learning and teaching of Shakespeare with Director of Twelfth Night, Andy Kirtland, Elena Alexandratos and Linda Haston as presenters.

Registration by email to

Payment due by July 30, 2018

Please make check payable to Prime Stage Theatre and mail to PO Box 99446, Pittsburgh 15233


9:00am - 10:00am: Introductions
- Three (3) teaching Artists – introductions
- Visiting teachers’ introductions
- Q&A re: experience with teaching Shakespeare (if any)

10:00am – 11:00am: Movement
- Light movement to understand iambic pentameter and the differences of verse and prose
- Speaking Shakespeare

11:00am – 12:00pm: Song & Dance
- An Elizabethan round or two and some dances from the time period

12:00pm – 12:30pm: WORKING LUNCH

1:00pm – 2:00pm: Partner Work
- Finding the meaning to a soliquy
- Instruction/choosing scenes from Twelfth Night

2:00pm – 3:00pm: Rehearsing and Presenting Twelfth Night Scenes

3:00pm – 4:00pm: Application in the classroom and End of Day Evaluation of Workshop

Materials Provided by Prime Stage Theatre:
- Notebooks and paper for notes
- Prime Stage pen and magnetic clip
- Copies of Linklater and Soliloquies
- Scenes from Twelfth Night
Copies of strategies and resources
- One complimentary ticket to the public performance of Twelfth Night at Prime Stage

For more information email

Information about the presenters:

Andy Kirtland is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Pittsburgh’s New Renaissance Theatre Company. Having studied classical theatre at the British American Drama Academy, Andy has acted with Pittsburgh Public Theatre, The Playhouse REP, Unseam'd Shakespeare Company, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, Prime Stage, Unrehearsed Shakespeare Project, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, the New England Shakespeare Festival, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.

Elena Alexandratos is an actress and educator of Theater Arts with an emphasis in the classics. Having studied Shakespeare at the University of Pittsburgh, she has the privilege of working with F. Murray Abraham, Lisa Harrow and the Royal Shakespeare Teaching Artists on bringing the works of Shakespeare to life by incorporating historical and modern acting and teaching techniques to understand his poetry. Her approach is direct, fun and engaging for teachers and students.

Linda Haston is a director, performer and teaching Artist. She has directed and performed with various major Pittsburgh theatre companies. She also is a teaching artist in the educational system in Pittsburgh. Her background includes a BFA and MFA in theatre. Currently she is the Education Director for Prime Stage Theatre, which includes her overseeing the Teacher’s Advisory Committee, the Literacy in ACTion, Champion of Life Building and Global Learning Program.


Introduction to Creative Assessment

Use the attached Creative Assessment

In this age of assessment, discover how you can use interactive, theatre-based activities to creatively, accurately and reliably assess students in your classroom. Participate in interactive explorations of these fun formative assessments.


Use the attached Read-Discover brochure

Do your students read without inflection or miss important moments in a story? Discover how to spark personal connections with literature by guiding students on a path of discovery. Explore and apply the skills actors and directors use to motivate expression, comprehension and fun!

For more information on any of the programs, please contact PST's Education Director, Linda Haston at

Our Education Programs are funded in part by:

The Grable FoundationAmerican Eagle Outfitters, EQT, The Laurel Foundation, Macy's, PNC Charitable Trust,Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of The Buhl Foundation

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