Contemporary English Theater -- Plays in Performance was a course taught by Christopher Sykes, who teaches writing and theater studies at the universities of Oxford and Warwick. I attended the program at Rewley House as part of the two-week travel/study program sponsored by the UNC General Alumni Association and Duke Alumni Association. Attending the class was truly an enriching activity. I grew as a student far more in this class than any literature/drama class that I had ever attended because of the superior teaching of Skyes and how he makes each class, play, character, action, line so meaningful. He teaches by involving students (rather than by lecturing) and guiding them to experience plays as they are experienced by the writers, actors and directors. You learn by reading a script and envisaging how it would be performed before attending an actual performance, and his class exercises are innovative. This course is one of the best.
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