Presenting the ZIA at Antelope Hills Elementary

Some great photos taken by a friend during my visit at Antelope Hills Elementary school. I’ve had the opportunity this month to do presentations in elementary schools about what it’s like to be a writer and to talk about my children’s adventure novel The Zoo of Impossible Animals. This week I’m at Cole Canyon Elementary in Murrieta. I always do a little bit of Shakespeare with the kids, too.

Presenting ZIA at Antelope Hills

Teaching Shakespeare at Shivela Middle School in Murrieta, CA

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach three rounds (6 hours!) of “How to Become a Shakespearean Actor in 90 Minutes” for Mrs. Dana Conrad’s theater class at Shivela Middle School in Murrieta. I know it shouldn’t, but it still surprises me that 11 and 12 year olds can be such confident, intuitive, and overall excellent actors. A few of them were able to memorize and perform 60- to 75-word Shakespearean monologues with less than ten minutes of preparation. Well done, Dana. Your kids love the theater, which I’m sure is partly your doing.