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of the recently published There Are No Shortcuts (Pantheon,
2003), Esquith credits his father with instilling a love of Shakespeare
in him while he was still a toddler. "My father would read
the plays to me during my youngest years, and I loved them. I didn't
understand everything, but it didn't matter. I thought they were
great. I literally knew who Hamlet was before I knew who Goldilocks
already evident zeal was only heightened when he studied Shakespeare
at UCLA with Senior Lecturer David Rodes — "a wonderful
teacher who showed me that Shakespeare wasn't so serious a pastime."
Esquith, whose endless energy and love of teaching has made him
a star in the K-12 education community, says that his philosophy
is simple: "A good teacher must bring to the classroom what
he loves. I say to teachers, if you love gardening, then garden
in class. The students will see your enthusiasm. I just happen to
HOBART SHAKESPEAREANS will perform Hamlet this
summer and, in doing so, they'll come to understand more about the
beauty of the English language than most native speakers do.
you live in a world where everyone's agreed to say something in
the most exquisite way possible," says Dragicevich. That is
the world of Shakespeare.
teaches acting, but not the kind that most modern theater students
expect. Instead of the methods of Stanislavsky or Strasberg, he
teaches students to approach the classics with a classical sensibility.