Thine Shakespeare App

Learn Shakespeare? There's an app for that

Evan Smith
October 08, 2018 - 3:17 pm

Anyone who had to study Romeo and Juliet or Hamlet in high school can tell you that the older style of William Shakespeare’s English can come with a bit of a learning curve – all those “thee’s” and “thou’s,” “mine” and “thines.” 

The point is, it’s not always easy, and that’s why Anderson University professor Dr. James Duncan created The Shakespeare App.

The new mobile application aims to help actors memorize the Bard’s eloquent language while preparing for theatre productions, by pacing out one’s memorization process through a series of gradual steps.

Dr. Duncan says he hopes the app will streamline the process of memorization, and thereby give actors a chance to delve deeper into the root emotion of the lines.

“The core idea of the app is that it will present you the full text, but then it will hide text progressively as you get better at learning something,” Duncan added.

The app is easy to personalize, allowing casts and directors to create their own adaptions, and then upload them to the cloud so the entire cast can see changes.

With all of Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays included in the free download, directors and actors have quick access to the material they need for a successful production. Actors may even narrow the focus to their character and the adaptation they are performing.

It’s just one example of Anderson University’s forays into coding instruction. Last year the university launched a new minor in coding and app development, open to all students, in conjunction with Apple’s “Everyone Can Code” curriculum. The goal is to have students ready to immediately hit the ground running upon entering the tech workforce.

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