English MAT alumni offer free Shakespeare summer camp

Jaymes Sanchez '14 and Laura Neill '14 share their love of reading with campers at the Youth Shakespeare Project

Jaymes Sanchez ’14 and Laura Neill ’14 share their love of literature with campers at the Youth Shakespeare Project

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.

Learn more about the Youth Shakespeare Project through their website, and keep up with this summer’s production of As You Like It through their Facebook page.

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