I love literature, particularly Shakespeare. My love of the latter and modern drama first developed on the stage. Earlier in my life, I was awarded a memorial scholarship in an acting competition at my high school. During my undergraduate studies, I further funded 50% of my education through Fine Arts Department scholarships for my performance work in plays ranging from Ionesco to Chekhov to Shakespeare. Through my work in theatre, I became passionate about the historical context of theatre and literature, and that continues to inform my present interests in cultural positioning of what makes a good work of art.
My education has been adventurous, studying in Hawaii, Cambridge University in England, and gaining further research for my Master's degree in Shakespeare Studies in Stratford-upon-Avon, England in 2005. Working with the Oxford & Cambridge university debate societies, I have mentored high school-age students in England for the annual Great Shakespeare Debate. I have also recently returned from England, having completed my research for my MLitt (also in Shakespeare Studies) and I am back in the States before my thesis defense. I remain passionate about literature and theatre (including my acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2004) and remain convinced I can help you become excited and equally passionate as I am.
I promise expert analysis, and an understanding, patient interaction as we learn together. I fully endorse Plutarch's dictum that "a mind is a fire to be lighted, not a vessel to be filled."
To set you up to succeed in the subject of your choice, I promise that mutual communication will be key: your expectations will always be welcomed, and, conversely, I will always communicate mine. Thoreau wrote "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer." My aim is to help you hear the 'drummer' of your choice to help you succeed. I look forward to hearing from you.
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