New Book Brings Shakespeare Alive

Posted on May 31, 2012 by Bobby Bernshausen | 0 Comments

The Shakespeare Guru’s Guide to Getting Shakespeare Alive! is a great tool for teachers, students and actors working with Shakespeare’s plays. The guide blows the dust off the 16th century language, providing useful tips, strategies and on-your-feet exercises for breaking past any “ShakesFEAR.” The manual also comes with a 60-minutes script of “Romeo and Juliet,” which provides a shortened, 100% Shakespeare text and offers additional staging annotations —suggestions meant to spark the reader’s vision of staging the play’s action. Martha Mendenhall has spent over 20 years working with Shakespeare plays as an actor, director, writer and teaching artist, most notably with The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Virginia, and The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival (NCSF).  For the NSCF she created and directed  a touring company of six actors that tours North Carolina schools and offers 60-minute versions of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. Mendenhall has also created and led workshops on Shakespeare for teachers and students of all ages. She spent 10 years as a high school English teacher and currently lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she offers workshops on Shakespeare for teachers and students throughout the state.

“The Shakespeare Guru’s Guide to Getting Shakespeare Alive!” (ISBN: 978-1-62137-035-2) is available in softcover from,, and numerous other online sites. More information can be found at the books official website, She can be emailed at


This project was made possible by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in our City of Arts and Innovation.

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