SANDWICH — Advice To The Players will host Kevin Coleman as director of their spring production of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet performed from Friday, March 27 through Saturday, April 4 in North Conway and from Friday through Sunday, April 10-12 in Center Sandwich.
Coleman has been a visiting artist teaching stage combat and mentoring performers and directors since the earliest years of the Sandwich Shakespeare troupe but this is his first time in the director's seat. Heis a founding member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox MA, one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in North America, an actor and director in their performance programs, and one of the master teachers in the Training Program.
He is also the director of Shakespeare & Company's Education Program, which strives to bring the classical poetry and plays of Shakespeare alive and into the lives of as many students and teachers as possible in ways that are personally meaningful, educationally inspiring, and theatrically compelling. Identified by the MacArthur Foundation and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities as a Champion of Change, Shakespeare & Company's Education Program is recognized as an innovative leader in the field of integrating the arts into education.
"Advice To The Players is doing it right—Shakespeare wrote these plays to be shared theatrical events within a community," says Coleman. "Having students and community members share the stage with professional actors fosters a collaboration that both grounds and enriches these productions within the community that is palpable to all who attend."
"It's an great treat to have Kevin here," remarked Executive Director Rebecca Boyden. "He has such a great knowledge and understanding of the play and of our company. I can't imaging a better director for our new production of Romeo and Juliet. I don't know that our community knows how fortunate we are."
Kevin has taught, directed or been a guest artist at the theaters all around the world and is also the Project Director for the National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities beginning in 1988, where high school teachers from across the nation train with the master teachers of Shakespeare & Company and internationally renowned Shakespeare scholars in a month-long, intensive workshop.