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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

January 16, 2019

School of the Ozarks sophomore class experiences Shakespearean Workshop

Comedy of Errors performed  by S of O sophomores after Shakespearean Workshop.School of the Ozarks sophomores perform Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” for fellow students, faculty, and staff.

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — School of the Ozarks (S of O) sophomore class performed Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” as the conclusion of an all-day workshop introducing students to William Shakespeare on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

Author, playwright, and master teacher Christy Sheffield led the second annual “Shakespeare Unseated” workshop. Sheffield taught high school English, speech, drama, and German throughout her 25 years in the classroom.

The sophomore class performed “Comedy of Errors” after just a few hours of rehearsal as part of the workshop for their school classmates, faculty, and staff in attendance. Amy Martin, S of O assistant professor of humanities, coordinated the all-day workshop and is the daughter of Sheffield.

“Through this experience, I hope students gained a greater understanding and love for Shakespeare,” Martin said. “Shakespeare Unseated” allows students to grow in their ability to speak effectively and persuasively.”

About Christy Sheffield

As a drama coach, Sheffield directed over 60 plays, many of which she wrote to suit the talents and interests of her students. Additionally, Sheffield is involved in an ongoing project to write children’s books which illustrate life principles. To date, her books include “Wondering” (courage), “Perseverance Pays Off” (perseverance), “Braving Difficulties” (courage), “Bill and Coo” (friendship), “Consider the Consequences” (common sense), “Use Your Patience” (patience), “Good Citizen Jack” (citizenship), “What Next?” (problem-solving), and “Lion Dog at Your Service” (service).

Sheffield has been honored as a finalist for State Teacher of the Year, as an Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Secondary Teacher of the Year, and as a Christa McAuliffe Fellow.  She was among the very first National Board Certified Teachers in the nation. Additionally, Sheffield was chosen to attend a Fall Arts Institute on Shakespeare conducted by Peggy O’Brien, founder of the education division of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


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