American Literature and Theater Program

The Hotchkiss School Theater Program

Program Overview

Cost: $5,550
Age: Rising 8th graders and older
July 5-26, 2020

The American Literature and Theater Program is a three-week immersion course designed to help foreign students who are fluent in English become more articulate and confident in the discussion-based classrooms — a prominent feature of American education.

During our summer program, students deepen their understanding of American literature, history, and culture, as they gain confidence speaking and using English. Our classes are limited to 10 students or fewer to allow for more individual attention.

During the mornings, students analyze iconic works of great American novelists and poets. Lively classroom discussions are enhanced with films, field trips, and guest speakers.

In the afternoons, students use Hotchkiss’s impressive theater facilities to practice public speaking and develop their own stage presence. With professional guidance, students focus on tone, inflection, accent, pace, physical presence, self-assurance, and audience awareness. After a number of rehearsals, students perform for an audience.

In addition to their work in the classroom and on the stage, students have the opportunity to meet with administrators in the School admission and college advising offices. Students will be introduced to the fundamental admission process of American colleges and boarding schools. Topics range from the importance of standardized testing, the essentials of writing a coherent essay, and creating an appropriate list of schools.

Throughout the summer, students make new friendships with peers and teachers from all over the world. Students gain poise, patience, intellectual self-reliance, and respect for global differences. They depart from Hotchkiss with a greater understanding of American culture and what it means to succeed in an advanced, diverse, and rigorous academic environment.

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中文

     “美国文学与戏剧”是为期三周的沉浸式课程,旨在对英文流利的外国学生进行进一步学术训练,以便使学生体验和理解美国教育的核心。学生们通过三周的密集型学习与训练能够自信、清晰、严谨地在美国课堂上进行学术讨论。

     通过这门暑期课程,学生们会增强对美国文学,历史和文化的理解,并且能够自信、流利地使用英文表达自己的学术观点。这门课的学生人数在10人以下,以便使每个学生都能得到充分关注。

     在上午的课上,学生们将主要讨论、分析美国伟大小说家和诗人的代表作品,但是我们也会穿插电影欣赏、实地考察、专家报告等活动,以丰富课堂内容,激发学生研究兴趣。

     在下午的课上,学生们将在霍奇基斯学校剧院练习公共演讲,以及进行舞台表演训练。在专业教师的指导下,学生们会着重训练语气、发音、形体、动作、舞台形象、自我修正、观众效应等方面的技巧。经过反复训练和排练,学生们完全可以独立为观众进行正式演出。

     除了在教室和舞台上学习之外,学生们还有机会跟学校招生办公室和大学咨询办公室的工作人员进行咨询。这些工作人员将向学生们介绍美国寄宿学校和美国大学的基本录取过程,也会像学生讲述以下这些内容:标准化考试的重要性,如何撰写申请论文,以及如何创建心仪学校(在申请高中或者大学时)列表。

     在整个暑期,学生们将与来自世界各地的同龄人与老师建立深厚的友谊;学生们也将进一步塑造自己的性格,变得更加冷静、耐心、机智、自立;学生们也将开阔思维,更加理解与尊重全球文化的多样性与差异性。当他们离开霍奇基斯学校时,他们不仅将更为深入地了解美国文化,也会为未来更加严格与多样的学术挑战做好准备。

Faculty

Susan Kinsolving, BA, MFA

American Literature and Theater Program Director
English Instructor

Susan Kinsolving is Poet-in-Residence at The Hotchkiss School. Her poems appear in numerous journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Her three books of poems are: Among Flowers, Dailies & Rushes, and The White Eyelash. A new collection, entitled My Glass Eye, is forthcoming.

Her books have been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, Vanity Fair, Poetry, The Los Angeles Times, and American Poet, among others.

Ms. Kinsolving has taught in The Bennington Writing Seminars, The University of Connecticut, Chautauqua Institute, Southampton College, and California Institute of the Arts.

Among the places she has been invited to read and lecture are: Harvard University, The National Arts Club, The New York Public Library, Printemps du Livre of France, The Yeats Society, Dunvegan Castle Arts Festival of Scotland, The French Consulate of New York, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Riding Foundation of Florida, Yale University, Columbia University, and The Harman Center of Washington, D.C.

The Poetry Society of America presented its 2009 Lyric Award to her. She has enjoyed fellowship residencies in France, Illinois, Ireland, Italy, New York, Scotland, and Switzerland. She was a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Award. She has received the Friends of Literature Prize in Chicago and a Bingham Teaching Fellowship in Massachusetts. Her poem “Dance Steps” was presented to Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands in a televised ceremony.

As a librettist, Ms. Kinsolving has works commissioned and performed by Glimmerglass Opera of New York, The Marin Symphony of California and The Baroque Choral Guild in Italy. Carl Fischer Music published her cantata and song cycle. In 2011-12, Oakland Symphony and Santa Rosa Symphony performed her recent piece, The Promise of Time, in collaboration with composer David Carlson.

Ms. Kinsolving received her B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and her M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts.

Parker Reed

Theater Instructor

Parker Reed earned a MFA in Staging Shakespeare and has directed and devised productions in pubs, parks, and plenty of other spaces. With Steavie, he co-founded a Shakespearean acting company called What You Will and played Orsino in its inaugural production of Twelfth Night. Parker teaches Theatre and English courses at Hotchkiss and directs for the Hotchkiss Dramatic Association. Recent productions include Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, Molière’s The Learnèd Ladies, and Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, and Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone. He has taught in the American Literature and Theatre program since Summer 2014.

Steavie Hergenrader Reed

Theater Instructor
Steavie Reed studied theatre with an emphasis in classical theatre at university. With Parker, she co-founded a Shakespearean acting company called What You Will and played Viola in its inaugural production of Twelfth Night. Steavie serves as acting coach and costume coordinator for many Hotchkiss Dramatic Association productions. Her most recent efforts include Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, Neil Simon's Fools, and Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. This is the fourth summer she has contributed to the American Literature and Theatre program.