Seventh and Eighth Grades

Do you not know I am a woman? 
When I think, I must speak.

As You Like It, 3.2 lines 249-250
On the subject of Women


Lynn Redgrave was born in London into a family of actors and has enjoyed a remarkable career on stage, screen and beyond spanning four decades.  She has been nominated for 3 Tony Awards, 2 Oscars, 2 Emmys and most recently, a Grammy.  Film highlights include Georgy Girl (Oscar nomination, Golden Globe, New York Film Critics awards), Gods and Monsters (1999 Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award, Oscar nomination) and Shine (BAFTA and SAG nominations).  She is a founding member of The Royal National Theatre and is the author of three plays, Shakespeare For My Father (which examines her relationship with Sir Michael Redgrave), The Mandrake Root (loosely based on her mother, the actress Rachel Kempson) and Nightingale (a fictional meditation on the life of her maternal grandmother, Beatrice Kempson), which had its American premiere last autumn at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum,  enjoyed an East Coast premiere at Connecticut’s Hartford Stage, and is currently being performed in New York City at the Manhattan Theater Club.  She has also written the text for Journal, A Mother and Daughter’s Recovery From Breast Cancer, featuring photographs by her daughter, Annabel Clark, currently in its third printing from Umbrage Editions. Other recent credits include The Jane Austen Book Club, the final Merchant/Ivory production, The White Countess, acting alongside sister Vanessa and niece Natasha Richardson, ‘Dahlia Hainsworth’ on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives” as well as “Ugly Betty.“  She can also be heard as the voice of Nanny in the animated film series of Me, Eloise and in the upcoming animated feature, My Dog Tulip.  Ms. Redgrave is a prolific “voice on tape” and her latest audio book release is Roald Dahl's The Witches (Grammy nomination).  For more information, go to

ArtsAlive and KCS were fortunate to have her share her expertise in Shakespeare with KCS students when in 2007, she provided each seventh and eighth grade student with a souvenir photo album of her first play, Shakespeare for My Father.  Ms. Redgrave also supplied students with a list of verses and lines from various Shakespearean plays symbolizing everything from emotions such as anger, loss and love to subjects including comfort, fitness, positive attitude, women and things such as education and animals. 

Students were then asked to incorporate the quotations of their choice into an essay.  What unfolded over the course of two weeks astounded all in attendance.   Students were able to express themselves through their writings in ways they had never experienced.  It was a truly moving experience for all.

Wise men ne’er sit and wail their loss,
But cheerily seek how to redress their harms.

Henry 6th part 3, 5.4 lines 1-2
On the subject of  Positive Attitude

Ignorance is the curse of God,
Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven

Henry 6th part 2, 4.7 lines 73-74
On the subject of Education


Third Grade

On May 6, 2009, Ms. Lynn Redgrave conducted an interactive acting workshop for third graders.  She began by discussing her childhood influences and showing the students photographs of her family, all actors from generations ago.


Then came character creation. Ms. Redgrave asked the students to supply her with traits that they wanted her character to possess.

And the character came to life
before their eyes.