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Kopco and Ochse present digital Shakespeare workshop at international conference

Paul Kopco, instructor in mass communications, and Roger Ochse, associate professor of English, presented their digital Shakespeare workshop at the Third International Conference on Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance held March 2-4 in Washington, D.C.

The conference, co-sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Repertory Theater, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, featured teachers, performers, and technical specialists using student performance to enhance the teaching and learning of Shakespeare.

The workshop, “The Digital Difference: Enhancing Teaching of Shakespeare through Technology,” demonstrated how students can access Shakespeare through digital video technology as they create online scenes from Shakespeare's plays.

Ochse said, “Students know they will be seen by their parents and friends on the Internet. This energizes their roles, thrusting them into a dynamic relationship with Shakespeare.” Kopco provided detailed specifications for educators wanting to use digital video technology, together with recommendations for its use in multimedia applications.

Scenes included brief segments from A Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Hamlet. Directing many of the scenes was former BHSU theater student Barbara Russell, now a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University. Actors included: Sharon Follette, a Spearfish High School senior (Kate and Juliet); Ellery Grey, a speech major and BHSU senior (Petruchio,

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Romeo, Hamlet); and BHSU students Sunny Johnson (Nurse), Sandi Hogan (Gertrude), and Teresa Addington (Kate). BHSU President Dr. Thomas Flickema made a cameo appearance as Polonius in Hamlet.

Students from Ochse's fall 1999 Shakespeare class performing in A Midsummer Night's Dream were: Donna Jones (Quince), Carol Armbrust (Egeus and Bottom), Kjaresti Bushilla (Hermia and Flute), Mark Sheahan (Lysander), Michelle Thomson (Theseus and Snout), Jill Anderson (Demetrius), Pam Applegate (Hippolyta), and Woody Shelton (Puck).