“That’s whiteman’s bullshit!!!”    Steve W.  calls out from the last row.

I freeze. 

“That’s white man’s bullshit.  You’re just repeating some white man’s bullshit and we don’t have to listen to it!!!”     

I like Steve a lot.  He’s a good guy.  And smart. On the basketball team.  Funny.Only he’s not being funny. He’s dead serious and the class goes silent except for a couple of “whoa’s”  and “whoo’s”  and “he tole her’s.”

Thirty years later,  I can be there again in an instant –  seeing myself through their eyes.. this thirty four year old white, Jewish woman pretending she knows something she doesn’t…. speaking with an authority which isn’t mine…   seeing my classroom – with the posters of Shakespeare and Chaucer and Hawthorne and Twain  — these icons of greatness staring down at all of us –  none of them looking anything like my students.  Or me for that matter.     excerpt from Chalkdust by Marsha Pincus


Workshops for Educators in Contentious Times 





In this interactive workshop, we will explore the power of teachers’ stories to generate knowledge in the field of education through systematic and intentional inquiry into the moments of dissonance and recognition.

Email me to discuss how we can custom-make a workshop for your school, your program, or your organization.


Learn more about Marsha’s teaching career and academic work.

Web sites developed with support from  Carnegie Foundation:

Playing With the Possible: Teaching, Learning and Drama on the Second Stage 

Double Double Toil and Trouble: Engaging Urban Students with Shakespeare


“Learning from Laramie: Urban High School Students Read, Research and Re-enact The Laramie Project” 

“Beyond Wiggle Room: Creating Spaces for Authentic Learning in a 12th Grade English Class”

“Follow the Paper Trail”

Videos and Films:

I Used to Teach English – Short documentary about Marsha Pincus, winner of the George Bartol Award for Arts Education.

The Election Monologues – Workshop and Performances January 20. 2017