Faculty Research Spotlight: Walton Takes Shakespeare Knowledge on the Road

Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities Garry Walton, who teaches Meredith’s Shakespeare courses, recently visited with alumnae at several area high schools and theatre companies.

At the invitation of Cindy Thornton Strader, ’97, on February 27 he offered a presentation, “Preparing for Success in College,” at Cary High School’s College Planning Night, where Meredith Admissions Counselor Jesse Monroe was also a featured participant in a panel discussion on college admission.

On March 2 he joined a read-through of a new script of Macbeth as revised by Meredith alumna Rebecca Daw Blum, ’95, who is preparing to direct the play next year.

On February 27, he traveled to Clayton High School to lead discussions of Romeo and Juliet with the English classes of Anna Barefoot, ’13, and Danie Heider, daughter of alum Yvette Heider, 2000, who was also present.

On March 13 he joined Meredith English major and Teaching Fellow Elizabeth Guiles, ’14, to work with her three AP English classes at Holly Springs High School, where the students were beginning their study of Hamlet.

He has also traveled with current and former students to several Shakespeare productions this semester:  to the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C., on March 1 for Richard III starring Drew Cortese; to Winston-Salem’s HanesBrands Theatre for a broadcast of London’s National Theatre production of Coriolanus with Tom Hiddleston and Mark Gatiss; to Durham on April 5 for Cymbeline featuring Meredith alumnae Laura Jernigan (director), Sheryl Scott, and Rebecca Daw; to Staunton, Va., on April 13 for Othello at the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Theatre.

Faculty: If you have research projects you’d like to share in a future issue of Campus Connections, email a brief description of your work to Melyssa Allen, newsletter editor, allenme@meredith.edu.

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