By Isaiah Bent
NYU Steinhardt sent nineteen graduate students to London for three weeks; jam packed with new and exciting ways to approach theatre. We experienced theatre for children with special needs, opera for children, process drama with the brilliant Cecily O’Neill, and of course, all the Shakespeare we could handle.
It was a once in a lifetime experience. Not only did we get to see around fifteen theatrical productions, but Dr. Philip Taylor put together an all-star group of British educators for us to work with during our stay.
A new wrinkle in this year’s London program was the amazing opportunity we had to devise a theatrical experience for second graders. We guided sixty children through different “imagined worlds” we created using the new techniques we learned from our London professors.
When we were not knee deep in theatre (which was rare), we were enjoying the beauty of London. Our lodgings could not have been better, given they were in Russell Square, smack dab in the middle of London. Museums, world-class pubs, and extravagant gardens were all in walking distance. My favorite local experience was when we dined on meat pies in the building where Sweeney Todd’s barbershop once stood.
Every student should make an effort to take advantage of this truly special program. For more student stories, please check out our fabulous blog: http://nyulondon2014.blogspot.co.uk.