Jason Kelly, '95 | July 18, 2017
Precious Parker needed to be persuaded. The idea of performing Shakespeare, whoever that was, did not interest her.
She liked her elementary school drama classes well enough. Christy Burgess, the Shakespeare outreach director from the Robinson Community Learning Center, teaches the classes as part of an arts-education program in the South Bend schools. At Perley, just across Eddy Street from the Robinson Center, Burgess started encouraging Precious as early as second grade to join the Shakespeare ensemble.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve never even heard of Shakespeare, so no,’” she says.