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BardWired

Connecting our Community Through Shakespeare

Join Asolo Rep and FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor training as we embark on a new Shakespearean Adventure: BardWired. Bring an innovative reimagining of a classic story into your classroom or community this Fall!


The Show

ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE presents an FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training Production

A Midsummer Night's Dream

By William Shakespeare

Adapted & Directed by Celine Rosenthal

Curriculum Designed for: Grades 7-12

Streaming Available November 4, 2020

 

One of Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, uncovers a world of magic just outside the city limits and just inside the human heart. Helena loves Demetrius, Demetrius is after Hermia, and Hermia only has eyes for Lysander.  The fairy king is also having a lover’s spat with the fairy queen and enlists Puck to exact vengeance. Add a hilarious play-within-a-play and a magical flower and you have a perfect storm of comedy. In a compact adaptation, this mold-breaking tale of freshly-minted love is sure to speak to the experiences of young audiences across and inspire them to realize a world where Shakespeare is for anyone and everyone.  

 

Registration Available Soon!


The Program

 

What is BardWired?

 

BardWired is an introduction to Shakespeare's work that is designed to break free of stigmas, using imaginative theatrical and filmmaking techniques to help Shakespearean language and stories connect with new generations of literature-lovers. We work to make our online production, interactive resources, and learning activities exciting, accessible, and responsive to our students, educators, and community members.

 

Presented by Asolo Rep and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, BardWired creates innovative and accessible 40-minute adaptations of Shakespeare’s work with a twist—it’s all online! This program is adapted from our award-winning On Tour program, which has made professional live theatrical experiences accessible to over 15,000 students per year since 2008.

 

WHAT DOES THE BARDWIRED EXPERIENCE INCLUDE?

 

  • Digital Adaptation a 40-minute, fast-paced on-demand streaming theatrical experience, starring the Third Year MFA students from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Acting
    • Professionally adapted, designed, filmed, and edited to bring the story fully to life.
    • Accessible for classrooms, virtual and homeschool learners, and community organizations.

 

  • Content Guide that includes information about the show that parents, educators, and administrators that can help to set-up expectations about the show for classes, students, and communities.

 

  • Interactive Dramaturgy (contextual resources) about the story and Shakespeare that can be shared in class, or can be a deep-dive by students to learn more.  

 

Add-ons:

  • Learning Activities that are based in curriculum and can be experienced as a class or as individual learners, designed for grades 7-12.**

 

  • Live Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be scheduled as Online Events/Webinars, during which classes and individual students will be able to send-in/message their questions. This is not an extra fee but will have limited space and availability.

 

  • Video Talkbacks with the cast and creative team will be made available to all schools and communities for viewing.

**Learning Activities will be connected to Forida State Standards, but educators and students from all over should join us!

WHO SHOULD EXPERIENCE THIS PERFORMANCE?

  • Theatre-Lovers

 

  • Students who have never experienced Shakespeare before

 

  • Students studying Shakespeare and classic stories

 

  • Young Artists looking to hone their craft by learning more about theatre

 

  • Educators who are looking to spice-up their classroom with digital tools, art, and conversation

 

  • Communities wanting to have conversations around the themes found in Shakespeare (and there are a LOT!)

 

  • You!

WHAT PLATFORMS DOES THIS EXPERIENCE USE?

BardWired experiences use platforms such as Ticketspice, Google Classroom, Teams, and Zoom. Platforms are subject to change based on feedback from our community.

Please contact us with any questions: [email protected]


Book Your BardWired Experience

Schools

You can experience this performance in your classroom or digital classroom! We invite you to book an experience that works with your classes’ needs and classroom culture.

Registration begins soon!

Virtual Learners/Homeschools

Digital Learners/Homeschools: Experience Shakespeare from your home or favorite socially-distanced workspace! This program provides an individual learning experience that is still full of art and whimsy.

Registration begins soon!

Communities

Create a Watch Party for your patrons and schedule a Talkback with some of our cast and creative team. We’ll work with you to imagine what would work best.

Connect with our team: [email protected]


The Partnership: FSU and Asolo Rep

 

In 2008, Asolo Repertory Theatre and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training collaborated to launch a new Education & Engagement offering: an annual production designed specifically for school audiences. In 2010, the program was reconfigured as a touring production, with the goal of serving as many students as possible, especially those who might not otherwise have access to live theatre. In 2019 our annual educational tour brought Shakespeare to nine counties across Florida, with approximately 59 performances serving 15,000 students and community members.

 

The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, ranked as one of the top ten actor training programs in the country, has been Asolo Repertory Theatre’s partner for over 45 years. Twelve students a year are chosen to take part in the intense three-year training program, which combines high-caliber classroom work, guest artist workshops, and professional production experiences. In the third year of training, before joining Asolo Rep’s mainstage company as full-time members, Conservatory students take part in a touring production performed throughout the state for school groups and the general public. The program is not only an invaluable part of the sophisticated training offered by the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, it also represents the ongoing and ever-developing partnership between Asolo Rep and Florida State University.

 

Want to know more about the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training? Go HERE.


Questions?

Contact Asolo Rep Education & Engagement Department: [email protected]


BardWired is made possible, in part, with support from: