Keep Your Children Engaged and Learning at Home with Dr. Michael Fox’s Online Shakespeare Course!

I know many parents are now looking for help keeping their children engaged and learning while they’re forced to be at home.

How about some Shakespeare?

A number of years ago, my husband Michael Fox (a theatre director who received a Ph.D from UC Irvine in drama and has published several scholarly articles on Shakespeare) taught a class on Shakespeare for the Orange County Community Home Education Program (CHEP).  The class was called “Approaching Shakespeare” and was for middle school students, but could easily work for high school students, too.

Michael created an online syllabus with lots of useful material and references, including an introduction to Shakespeare, guides to the plays and sonnets, a guide to reading Shakespeare’s poetry, a guide to acting in Shakespeare’s plays, questions to think about, suggested projects, and a historical timeline that shows the relevant historical events in England during Shakespeare’s time.

The specific plays focused on are the tragedy “Macbeth” and the comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Click HERE to view “Approaching Shakespeare.”

Some of the links might no longer work, but most of them, including links to the texts of the plays, still work fine.

If you have any questions or need some help with the course, I’m sure Michael would be happy to connect with you.

You can email him at

Play on!




We Had a Wonderful Time at the 2019 Global Village Festival at the Great Park! Help Us by Make It Even Better by Taking Our Survey!

My family had a wonderful time the 2019 Global Village Festival at the Great Park!

When many immigrant communities and religious and ethnic minorities are feeling themselves under attack, the message of the Global Village Festival — “Many Cultures, One World” — was especially welcome.  The Global Village Festival was truly a celebration of the thriving diversity that is now the real Orange County.

Last year was the first time that the Irvine Global Village Festival, formerly held at Col. Bill Barber Park next to Irvine City Hall, was held at the far more expansive grounds of the Orange County Great Park.  This year was the first time that the Festival was extended to two full days.

As in past years, my favorite parts of the Festival were visiting the many different national and ethnic organizations that hosted booths and listening to the great musical performances from many cultures.  I also enjoyed the shopping, the food, watching the children play in the newly expanded Kids Village, meeting old friends and making new ones.

The City of Irvine has created a brief survey for people who attended the Festival.  By completing it, you’ll be helping us make the Festival even better in the future.  You can find the survey HERE.

Here are some of our pictures from our time at the Festival.

I look forward to seeing more of yours!