Two recent English MAT graduates, Laura Neill ’14 and Jaymes Sanchez ’14, are putting their degrees to use this summer at the Youth Shakespeare Project (YSP) in Hanover, NH. Founded by Laura and Jaymes in 2012, the Youth Shakespeare Project is a tuition-free summer camp for local students ages 11 to 17. Each summer, campers explore one of Shakespeare’s plays through text study, theater games, and movement and improvisation. The month-long camp culminates in a production of this year’s selected play, As You Like It. Their experience running the YSP in 2012 inspired Laura and Jaymes to pursue a career in teaching English, leading them to the Brown MAT program. This summer Laura and Jaymes will be implementing multimodal ArtsLiteracy activities from their MAT methods classes to develop YSP campers’ literacy skills and engagement with the text.
Today, we welcomed our newest MAT cohort for the 2014-15 year! Students across all four disciplines attended sessions with faculty and staff at orientation this morning before heading to the Community Building workshop facilitated by Laura Snyder, Director of English Education, and guest speaker Steve Kidd. During the workshop, the new MAT students began to explore instructional methods using the ArtsLiteracy cycle. Some highlights included text- and movement-based activities, such as the exchange pictured above.
Throughout the day, MATs, mentor teachers and faculty have started gaining a better sense of how they will work together in the coming year. We look forward to sharing more news from the newest members of our MAT community!