Rick Epstein

English/Theater teacher, Mr. Clint Ambs, is also the host of the Teacher Talent Show.

Mr Ambs: Theatre to a whole new level

Another one of the new English courses to be offered next year will be Contemporary Drama: Plays and Performance. Taught by Mr. Ambs, students with a passion for theatre will surely have a blast!

In a nutshell, this course will be all about reading, watching, and discussing plays. Later on in the year, students will act those plays out and even improv scenes. At the end of the year, the goal is to put on a 10 minute play featured during the Night of Shorts.

Students will read Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park, August Wilsons’ Fences, Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire, and Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? However, his plans change annually, so students may or may not cover all of these works.

This class does have the opportunity for concurrent enrollment at RVCC. Mr. Ambs even used to teach this class at RVCC. On top of being an English class, it can also double up as a fine art class for those who are taking a different English class, so students who are interested in taking more than one of the English class have the opportunity to take multiple courses.

Are you wondering if this class is for you? Anyone involved in the theatre programs, or who wants to be involved in theatre, will probably be interested. Whether you worked backstage, on stage, or just sat in the audience, students of all levels can join.

“I think because I hold degrees in both English and Theatre, the course is almost the perfect representation of who I am as an educator and what I’m most passionate about,” said Mr. Ambs.

This spinoff of Advanced American Drama will be a good choice for all of the theatre lovers out there. “The class is a perfect blend of English and Drama,” said Ambs, “so students who enjoy either will definitely thrive.”

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