For Rutgers-Camden Senior, All the World’s a Stage
Stephen Dobbins fell in love with Shakespeare when his high school English teacher invited him to direct a scene from Romeo and Juliet. Now, as he graduates this month from Rutgers University-Camden, the Howell resident is setting his sights on recreating a Shakespeare tradition: Writing a play for a troupe of actors and producing it for audiences in public places, like restaurants, bars and parks.
“As I studied Shakespeare, I was fascinated by how he wrote for specific actors and how his language was not only exceptional literature, but it also conveyed practical stage direction. I wanted to live that experience,” says Dobbins, who earned an associate’s degree in theater from Brookdale Community College in Freehold and worked through the Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies’ Off Campus Programs toward a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies by taking classes at the college taught by Rutgers professors.
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