Peter Gould is the founder of "Get Thee to the Funnery," a Shakespeare enrichment program in the fabled Northeast Kingdom of Vermont which has now branched out to other locations. He is an educator with a doctorate in literary studies from Brandeis University. Still a teacher at Brandeis, Peter is also a long-time director at the New England Youth Theatre. He taught Shakespeare at Vermont's Governor's Institute on the Arts for eleven years; his Shakespeare work with young people has won him three major expansion grants from the Vermont Community Foundation. Peter has won Vermont Arts Council creation grants for fiction, and his young adult novel WRITE NAKED was awarded the 2009 National Green Earth Book Award, which encourages environmental stewardship in young readers. Peter's newest novel, MARLY, was published in 2015 by the Green Writers Press, who will also publish his communal farm memoir, LIFE IS SHORT EAT MORE PIE, in early 2017.
Since 1997, the mission of Get Thee to the Funnery has been to transmit respect and love for Shakespeare's plays to the next generation. Our young actors surprise themselves and their communities by performing the works at a level of clarity, commitment, and sophistication that seems impossible. We encourage great growth in the heart, the mind, the body, and the voice. We call that "The Sign of the Four." Since 2015, we have had six summer camps throughout Vermont, and one in the Virgin Islands.We're carrying our work into the academic year. And, it's no secret: the Funnery is a life camp and a youth leadership camp, too.
The mission of Shakespeare Free Library is to support the work of building this new constituency around the world by providing workable scripts, and staging notes, essays, articles, and papers that truly support clarity in Shakespeare performance.
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