How Shakespeare Can Combat Cyber-Bullying

We are all aware of the growing amount of cyber-bullying committed today.  Though sticks and stones used to break our bones, it is now names and words which have a more permanent effect online.

To that end, White Plains High School is going to re-enact Much Ado About Nothing via facebook.  Through status updates, pictures, profile pages and videos, students will bring to life the gossip and verbal abuse of the play.

This is a huge leap for the utilization of technology in the classroom.  Also, it’s a brave way to make Shakespeare’s text accessible to today’s youth.  Most of all, it’s a way to raise awareness about – and hopefully present – bullying.

Bravo White Plains.  Check it out:

About Dori

Dori A. Robinson is an educator, director, dramaturg and playwright. Dori holds a Masters from New York University Steinhardt’s Educational Theatre program, having focused on applied theatre and devised work with youth. Dori has worked at Chicagoland Jewish High School, the New Victory Theatre, Steppenwolf, the Park Avenue Armory, the Theatre Development Fund, and the New York Student Shakespeare Festival. Directing credits include: The Lion in Winter, Extremities, Picnic, and Flight. Assistant Director: The Chosen (Steppenwolf), Judgment at Nuremberg, Love's Labour's Lost, and The Three Sisters. She is the recipient of the Swortzell Scholarship (for educational theatre), and the Miriam and Harold Steinberg Award (for best original theatrical work). She is a proud member of LMDA, NYSTEA, and AATE. Dori is committed to the exploration of language and text (specifically Shakespeare’s) as a way to encourage both communal dialogue and develop individuals’ artistic and singular voices.
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One Response to How Shakespeare Can Combat Cyber-Bullying

  1. says:

    Nice topic – respect !

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