Bronwyn Preece – High School Drama Teacher
You are joining WWS as the High School Drama teacher. Please share a bit about your background.
It’s been such a treat to join the WWS team of amazing students and staff this fall: what an inspiring community and extended network of people to be surrounded by. I come to Waldorf as a multi-disciplinary professional artist, with a PhD in Performance, a Masters and BFA in Applied Theatre. In addition to my performance work, I have two children’s books published, am a poet, a mother, a hiker…and have been living here for almost two years now!
Your first WWS performance was with Grade 8 this week and it’s Shakespeare. How has it gone?
The Grade 8 class and I have undertaken the challenging task of trying to mount a Shakespearean production in less than a month…and we have jumped right in! The past 3.5 weeks have seen us wrapping our tongues around The Bard’s language, trying to decipher the layered and complex twists and turns of the intersecting plots, deepening our understandings of the nuanced subtleties of character traits…and connecting/questioning the relevance of Much Ado About Nothing to today’s issues…and trying to memorize many lines! What we aimed to share with parents and fellow school mates was not a polished, final product — rather an exciting glimpse into our continued understanding and embodying of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies…with the personalization of the WWS Grade 8 touch!
I understand that your own work often explores ecological/social/political themes. Is there an all time favourite piece that you’d recommend?
One of my favourite performance projects I was involved in was titled The Trans-Plantable Living Room. This was a trans-national project, created for World Stage Design 2013 in Wales. The project worked with community gardeners in Cardiff, who grew a ‘living’ set within which we performed. Sprouting Sofas. Flourishing furnishings. Tables with tendrils. The performance project explored how something as local as gardening could serve as metre for global climate change. The project was later featured in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
Thank You…and I am looking very much forward to working with the 9/10 and 11/12s in the Spring for their Play Blocks!
Thank you, Bronwyn!
Bulletin Board Listings:
Youth Band looking for members – If you’ve ever wanted to play a trumpet, now is your chance! Or a flute, guitar, drums or any instrument you would like. The Whistler Youth Band is looking for musicians from Grade 5 and up – beginners are welcome!
Come out and try it on Mondays from 6:30-8:00pm at Blackcomb Base.
Freestyle Ski, Film Premiere and Silent Auction Fundraiser! – Supporting Whistler’s Freestyle A-Team. For more information: https://artswhistler.com/event/faction-skis-the-collective-bonus-films
- Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
- Times: 7:00pm Doors/Opening Party | 7:45pm Show | 8:45pm Prizes/Giveaways
- Tickets: $15 Advanced | $20 Day of show
- Venue: Maury Young Arts Centre
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