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“How I became The Shakespeare Lady”

I am so lucky to have always loved reading, and I do mean love! Books have always been a really big part of my life… books of fiction, biography, travel and geography, mystery, history, psychology, art, and all kinds of people. There are the beautiful & ugly, the happy & tragic, the honest & deceitful, the kind & the cruel, the powerful & the weak and every human condition. Some of my earliest memories are my mother reading to me, and she passed on her own love of reading, a love fostered by my grandmother. Yes, I was surrounded by books and book lovers.

Why Shakespeare?

I have always loved Shakespeare because his writing has it all! His writings are so deep and insightful they can have a transformative effect in the lives of people of every age and stage of their lives.

Why “The Shakespeare Lady”?

Making a difference in the life experiences of people makes a difference in my own life. Being a teacher at heart it is very fulfilling to light the fire of curiosity in people of all ages. Sometimes you don’t know who you might touch.

In 2018, at a homeschool conference, a few of my young teen fans were overheard saying “There’s the Shakespeare lady!" Let’s wait and talk to her.”

Your Shakespeare Lady was crowned!

WHY is this important? It brought me back to my roots in theatre. While bringing the message of the importance of my groundbreaking book, I can also bring people back into the realm of Shakespeare’s life and thoughts, and present to people the relevance of that time in history to their own time.

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And seeing ignorance is the curse of God,
Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
— Henry VI, 2/vii

This was Lawrence Bridges’ first major documentary film, made in 2003 for the National Endowment for the Arts. Actors Tom Hanks, Martin Sheen, William Shatner, Christina Applegate, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael York, Julie Taymor, and Bill Pullman along with school children and lovers of Shakespeare give testimony to the power and importance of Shakespeare.

Amanda Murray brings to this work her experience of over 20 years in the performing arts and teaching students from kindergarten to college age. Her teaching style has been highly praised and she received the “Teacher of the Year” award in 2010. A published playwright and poet, her work has been produced in Texas and Arizona. Mrs. Murray has been very active in a variety of performing arts in Houston for many years. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Houston, Mrs. Murray has her MA in Theatre. For five years she was the Theatre Director for a local college, and for the past several years, she has taught Elementary and College level theatre and high school level English classes.

Amanda keeps busy with a variety of projects including teaching, writing, quilting and homeschooling her two children. She enjoys spending time with family and putting her talents to work for local charities, and is a member of the Founding Board for the formation of a new K-12 classical education Charter School.

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