Comments from Student Course Evaluations
The following are representative quotes extracted from anonymous teaching evaluations at Tufts University from courses taught in both the Department of Drama and Dance and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The courses evaluated are: Theatre in Boston, Stage Combat (Both Advanced Acting Workshop & Special Topics in Acting), and Intro to Acting.
"I am so thrilled that I decided to take this course - definitely my favorite of the semester."
"This course has been great for me to improve my comfort working physically with another person and gave me important foundations for theatre. I have become much more sensitive and and aware of my safety as an actor and in terms of moving myself physically in combat."
"Great if fairly strange class."
"Great class - new appreciation for for actors in combat and their art."
"A well-organized, fun, and very helpful class! Every drama major should take it, and I don't just mean performers. It encourages textual analysis, confidence in movement, and safety. I found lessons learned in stage combat invaluable as a performer, choreographer, and dramaturg in my extracurricular activities throughout the semester."
"This class was awesome. I always looked forward to it and think it will really help my acting career."
"Enthusiasm for the course and its material unmatched. Extremely knowledgeable, approachable, and energetic. I absolutely couldn't have asked for a better teacher."
"Meron is an excellent instructor. I've never met anyone with such a good balance between academic and physical knowledge, and between comfortable informality and professionalism. As a member of the class's female minority, I appreciated that I was never made to choose between wanting my differences discounted and wanting them respected."
"The instructor made the principles and safety issues clear from the start and was very involved in the success and understanding of the class"
"Meron was an amazing professor. This was by far my favorite class of the semester. Meron did an outstanding job of creating a safe and comfortable environment in the classroom and was very concerned about our safety and understanding of this material."
"This is one of my favorite classes I've had at Tufts. The skills I learned at in this class allowed me to contribute to a student production, both ensuring the safety of the participants and choreographing the combat."
"As a senior, I can say that it is the academic equal to any class I have taken at Tufts."
"This class was a really positive experience. I gained a lot of confidence in my theatrical abilities."
Exploring Local Performance: Theatre in Boston
"Knowledge wonderful! Enthusiasm is amazing. Brings great speakers from the profession. Great discussions of plays seen."
"This class opened up new areas for me. I had no idea Boston had such a rich theatre scene."
"Very enjoyable. Incredible amount of learning how to look at productions and what is available in the Boston area. Guest speakers are a great enhancement."
"Wonderful, fun class. I really learned an enormous amount and appreciate the opportunity to have been exposed to so many different facets of theatre and theaters."
"Meron presented drama in a unique and interesting way. His open discussion produced an interplay of interesting and creative opinions."
"Wonderful class! Exciting new info presented honestly and enthusiastically."
"As someone who enjoys theatre, it was fun and interesting to learn some of the insider info that Meron shared. His guests also added to the knowledge gained through the course. I enjoyed the class thoroughly."
"His personality and knowledge makes the class spectacular! The guest speakers were also right on!"
"Very enjoyable class - Meron was very engaging and informative. He brought in excellent guest lecturers."
"Fabulous course. Well organized. Fun & interesting speakers. I learned a LOT about theatre."
"The course was an absolute delight. Meron exposed us all the different aspects of a play: set design, lighting, production, props, fight choreography, and direction. The guest speakers were terrific. I also learned a lot about different theaters in Boston."
"Fabulous class - loved every minute! Great guests, excellent background information. Very knowledgeable instructor, very engaging. Makes it all fascinating."
"This course offers insights one doesn't get in a "theatre" course. Absolutely fascinating! He is simply wonderul: Informed, enthusiastic, and responsive to perfection!"
"Meron is entertaining, well informed, filled with unexpected information, and has spurred a completely new interest for me."
"Very informative and entertaining. Love the wealth of theatre history."
Introduction to Acting
"Amazing class - one of my favorite of the year. Knowledgeable, helpful professor. A great leader, helped form the class as a unit. I learned so much. I was expecting this class to be a joke, a blow off course, but we did work and it actually made me more confident and better actor and audience member."
"Meron was an excellent teacher and the class was an amazing experience."
"I greatly enjoyed this course and learned so much and an amazing experience. Everything, including learning fight choreography and 'earning our words' was awesome!"
"Yay! Community and emotional security in school! Is that even allowed?"
"I have learned so much and overcome a lot of fears in this course. I'm really glad I signed up."
"I thoroughly enjoyed taking this class. Meron made it interesting and taught us acting techniques in a gradual and structured way."
"This class was amazing. It was fun, energetic, inspiring, and educational. It was a delight to come to class every day."
"I really enjoyed this class. It changed my body awareness. It was the only class in which I have really bonded with my classmates. I wish I could take it again."
"This class was the most fun and I learned so much. I liked Meron's approach to acting - different than I've had."
"Meron was an amazing instructor. I was able to break out of my shell and have a lot of fun with this class. I'm going to miss this class so much. And I will probably continue taking drama classes in hopes of having the same kind of instruction.
"Thank you so much Meron for beginning my acting life here at Tufts and making it such a wonderful experience. This was my absolute favorite class - and a big part of it is your detailed and enlightening instruction. I'll miss this class tremendously!"