By SARAH PARR ‘16
Ms. Sarah Krasnow joins the Rutgers Prep World Language Department after studying French and Japanese at Vassar College, theater at L’Université d’Avignon in France, and dramaturgy at the Yale School of Drama.
In addition to doing lots of tutoring when she was in high school, Ms. Krasnow has also taught English to French high schoolers and college students in France.
This year, Ms. Krasnowteaches the French I, French III, and French Conversation and Culture classes, as well as mentors an independent study in French plays.
In college, she focused on language clubs and tried her hand at fencing.
Ms. Krasnow’s favorite thing about teaching is “probably just doing it.”
Aside from creating lesson plans and teaching, Ms. Krasnow spent September and October work- ing on directing her translation of Le Problème, a famous French play that takes place in Paris. It ran from October 7 to 11 at The American Theatre of Actors on 314 West 54 Street in New York City.
Ms. Krasnow’s version of the play had a “special twist”: the characters’ dialogue switched be- tween English and French.
“The characters aren’t supposed to be bilingual. The switching is just a tool for the audience, and me, the translator!” Ms. Krasnow said. “Sometimes, it works as a metaphor, showing a lack of communication between characters, for example… The dialogue starts most- ly in English, and, by the end, it’s mostly in French, to show the family [in the play]’s transition.”
Ms. Krasnow’s play posed a unique opportunity for students in French and theater classes on Oc- tober 8. Leaving school at 2:15 pm for a 4 pm matinee with a chance to ask the cast questions, students had the chance to go on the field trip to NYC to observe a world-premiere translation of a play.
“There [were] supertitles, or projections of the translations. I’m interested in this because I saw a lot of foreign theater when I was in France, and the way they solved the language problem was to use the supertitles… I thought that was some- thing American audiences could get used to and I thought it was worth giving a try,” Ms. Krasnow said.
An NYC dweller, Ms. Kras- now enjoys attending shows of every art form and exploring inter- national cuisines at restaurants in the city. She also enjoys reading and writing, but until her play closed, directing it was her main focus, along with teaching at RPS.
“The Prep community immediately seemed like a really positive and energetic place to be. Being there every day is energizing and motivating and that’s really wonderful,” Ms. Krasnow said. “I hope that my students, in particular, get to the point where they not only can speak French pretty well but also want
to be in a place where they speak French…[whatever place] might speak to them.”
Ms. Krasnow said, “I hope that any student, even students I don’t have in class, will be comfort- able and interested to ask me about anything that I’ve done or any place I’ve gone to school if they want any advice for their own futures.”