Breathing Life into Great Women Poets with Ellen Geer

DATES: Saturdays and Sundays, 5/2 – 5/16
TIMES: 11am – 1pm, Pacific Time
LOCATION: Online, via Zoom App

Discover the beauty and power of Great Women Poets with Ellen Geer!

Students will work directly with Theatricum Artistic Director Ellen Geer to discover the power of speaking the language of great poets. Explore the works of cherished poets such as Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Oliver, Alice Walker, and many more. Wonderful for the poetry aficionado looking to deepen their appreciation, or the newcomer hoping to ignite a life-long appreciation of poetry.

About the Teaching Artist:

Ellen Geer, the daughter of actors Will Geer and Herta Ware, has worked continuously for 50 years in television and motion pictures since making her debut in Richard Lester’s “Petulia (1968)” in support of Julie Christie and George C. Scott.Upon the death of her father in 1978, Ellen took over as artistic director of Theatrical Botanicum, an outdoor amphitheater in Topanga Canyon, California, where she has both acted and directed in over 80 productions, including “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “Medea” and “The Madwoman of Chaillot”. Under Geer’s direction over the past 47 years, “Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum” has developed from essentially a workshop to a celebrated professional company.

Ellen Geer has worked as a visiting associate professor of acting at the University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Theater, Film, and Television, working both with undergraduate and Master of Fine Arts student, concentrating on acting in Shakespeare and other classics. She is a major force in the Los Angeles area in providing theater education to public school children through several Theatricum Botanicum-sponsored programs. Despite this commitment to theatrical education, she continues with her own busy acting career, appearing in films and on TV while acting at major regional theaters, including the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre, the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco and the Globe Shakespeare Festival of San Diego.

Enrollment for this class is now closed. See our Education page for other enrollment opportunities!

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