Exit, Pursued by Bear: Shakespeare in Action

Is Shakespeare all Greek to you? Do you ever wonder wherefore Romeo art? Fear not and discover the secrets to unraveling literature’s greatest mind!

Locations: Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Woodside

Cost: $120/hr

Recommended hours: 9


  • Explore Shakespeare’s plays from the perspective of performance
  • Understand how dialogue informs staging and props
  • Develop analytical and writing skills

To Enroll Call (650) 331-3251/ (408) 345–5200


Course Description:

Shakespeare was a prolific writer and one of the most influential poets and playwrights to ever live. But his works were intended for everyday entertainment, not just scholarly interpretation. Today’s students find themselves expected to read, analyze, and write about Shakespeare’s works, but are not taught a constructive approach to understanding them. Over ninety percent of the text in Shakespeare’s plays is pure dialogue. In order to truly grasp the most from each of his creations, it is first necessary to see and understand them as Shakespeare would have presented them.

This course will address how to read and interpret Shakespeare not only as a literary work, but as a play performed for an audience. Students will read Othello and The Tempest and learn how to use dialogue to inform their decisions about character, staging, and props. They will prepare scenes for performance and evaluate how performance improves their understanding of the texts. Students will also develop their writing skills through analytical writing assignments. At the conclusion of the course, students will record a performance of a soliloquy of their choosing and write a full analytical essay.

Make the Most of the Summer!

Students who stay actively engaged in the learning process during the summer perform better during the school year.

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Peninsula Main Phone Number (650) 331-3251
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