"Much Ado" in Farsi, Spanish, Chinese and English?
My name is Philip Levien, and I teach English and Drama at San
Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, California. Although I teach
many classes-- English 11, "Types of Literature" Transition
ELD/English course, and Playwriting among them-- this website largely
describes my work in one class, the "Sheltered Theater Production" class.
In this course, I work with students to cast, stage, rehearse,
produce and perform an abridged Shakespearean play. In the four
years I've been teaching the course, we've performed The Comedy
of Errors (2002), The Tempest (2003), Much Ado
About Nothing (2004),
and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005). To prepare
for the performances, the students work to read, understand, memorize,
and in some cases direct, translate and adapt the work to make
it accessible to our audiences of fellow students, families, and
The students do a great job in mastering these texts for performance,
in part because we work hard at building
community, tackling different
aspects of "gatekeeper
texts", and because we have such a diverse
group of English language learner (ELL) students as well as several
Special Needs students who are mainstreamed into my classroom.
You can also see all of the documentation that's been gathered
from my classroom on the archive page. Enjoy!