Peter Gould founded "Get Thee to the Funnery," a Shakespeare enrichment program in the fabled Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and now spread to other locations. He is an educator with a doctorate from Brandeis University, where he teaches conflict transformation and meditation. Peter is also a long-time director at the New England Youth Theatre, and former Shakespeare teacher at Vermont's Governor's Institute on the Arts. His work with young people has won him many foundation grants, plus the 2016 Vermont Arts Council award as Arts Educator of the year. Peter's young adult novel WRITE NAKED received the 2009 National Green Earth Book Prize, which encourages environmental stewardship in young readers. His newest book, HORSE-DRAWN YOGURT, published in 2017 by the Green Writers Press, is his long-awaited memoir of the "back-to-the-land" years in Vermont.
Since 1997, the mission of Peter and "The Funnery" has been to transmit respect and love for Shakespeare's plays to the next generation. Our young actors perform at a level of clarity, commitment, and sophistication that seems impossible, but comes from our encouraging growth in the heart, the mind, the body, and the voice. We call that "The Sign of the Four."
The mission of Shakespeare Free Library is to support the work of building this new constituency around the world by providing workable scripts, staging notes, and in-person help if we can, with the goal of total fun and clarity in Shakespeare performance!
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