Actors Among Scholars
Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf? The answer, hopefully, is “no one” after they’ve heard professional actors do a dramatic reading from Mrs. Dalloway that brings the famously challenging text to life. This scene played out recently at the Bread Loaf School of English summer session in Ripton, Vt. The in-class reading was one of nearly 50 that took place this summer—along with a fully staged production of Caryl Churchill’s play Mad Forest. As theater program director Alan MacVey explains, theater is an integral part of this summer graduate program, which is geared toward secondary school teachers. “I know that we have changed the way many of these students teach Hamlet or MacBeth,” says MacVey.