Shakespeare & Company Offers Two Professional Development Workshops

by Jacob Coakley

Shakespeare & Company will offer two professional development workshops for educators, teaching artists and youth program directors this August. Led by Shakespeare & Company’s director of education, Kevin G. Coleman, the programs will be a mixture of performative learning as well as discussions about how to help students engage with the material. The first course (Aug. 11-16) will focus on Hamlet, and the second (Aug. 18-23) will focus on Romeo & Juliet.

Shakespeare & Company Unveils Green Initiative

by Stage Directions
LENOX, Mass. – In response to prevailing environmental and economic concerns, Shakespeare & Company has announced that it is launching a new green initiative to help both its patrons and its employees find ways to be environmentally conscious while keeping more cash in their pockets, instead of putting it into their gas tanks.
 

Shakespeare Iraq Visits Oregon

by Jacob Coakley
The Shakespeare Iraq troupe from the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

The Shakespeare Iraq troupe from the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani

Last year at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, a group of students—including Arabs, Kurds, Sunnis, Shias and Yazidis—formed the group Shakespeare Iraq, and, under the direction of U.S.-trained Peter Friedrich, put on the first known production of English-language Shakespeare in Iraq. Performed at a public theatre the show earned a standing ovation—and some notoriety around the world, especially after Friedrich’s interview on Truthdig.com. A member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival heard the interview, and OSF entered into talks with Friedrich to bring the students to Ashland, Ore., to perform. One successful, $30,000 Kickstarter campaign later—and Shakespeare Iraq is in Ashland this week performing for free on the Festival’s Green Show stage. After their stint in Ashland the students will also be headed to Portland, Ore., where they will perform (again for free) and hold a Q&A on the Morrison Stage at Artists Repertory Theatre. Portland Shakespeare Project and the Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University, with additional support from Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Artists Repertory Theatre, made the extension north into Portland possible. Exact dates of performances, and more links to info about the troupe after the jump.

Shakespeare Theatre Company of D.C. Implements Furloughs

by Jacob Coakley

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Washington Post is reporting that the Shakespeare Theatre Company of D.C. will implement staggered furloughs for all its 100-plus employees, including Artistic Director Michael Kahn, this summer to help the bottom line.

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Expands Fall Courses at Shakespeare Theatre Academy

by Jacob Coakley
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Shakespeare Theatre Academy offers classes for all ages and skill levels.

 


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Shakespeare Theatre Academy offers classes for all ages and skill levels.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has expanded the courses available in the fall term of their Shakespeare Theatre Academy. Classes will meet once a week and offer a range of offerings for children and adults, experienced or not. New classes for young students include Monologue/College Audition Prep, offering one-on-one experience for students prepping for college auditions, and Youth Acting, which will give students aged 11-13 an introduction to working with Shakespeare. A full schedule of classes after the jump.

Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Expands Roster of Fall Classes

by Jacob Coakley

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will offer more classes this fall as part of their Shakespeare Theatre Academy. The most popular classes from last year will return along with seven new seminars. Classes meet once a week and include a new class for elementary school students grades 1-4, “Creative Dramatics” and the new Teen Actors Workshop that will train young artists in ensemble work and performance techniques. Classes for adults include: Adult Scene Study—Performing Shakespeare; and  Stage Makeup: Zombies, Vampires and Ghouls…Oh, my!, in which guest artist Stephen Davis will teach students about contouring, as well as techniques to create bruises and wounds, old age and decay using Ben Nye Theatrical Makeup.

Shaw Festival Documentary to Air on PBS

by Jacob Coakley
The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtains chronicles the backstage journey that brought The Shaw Festival’s 2012 season to life.

 


The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtains chronicles the backstage journey that brought The Shaw Festival’s 2012 season to life.

The Shaw Festival will be the focus of a new PBS documentary this summer. The Shaw Festival: Behind the Curtain will premiere nationwide on PBS stations Friday, July 19. The documentary was filmed throughout the Shaw Festival’s 2012 season and “follows the development of the season and features rehearsal, set design and construction, costume design and the extensive backstage logistics required by The Shaw.”

Shaw Festival Mourns Death of Director Neil Munro

by Jacob Coakley

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ontario—Long-time Shaw Festival Resident Director, Neil Munro died July 13, 2009 at the age of 62 at London Ontario’s University Hospital after a lengthy illness. He is predeceased by his wife Carole Galloway and is survived by his sister Anna Munro, nephew John Munro and his mother-in-law Stella Galloway and sister-in-law Jackie Martinez.

Shaw Festival Receives Grant to Increase Accesibility

by Jacob Coakley
The Shaw Festival received $50,000 from Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund

 


The Shaw Festival received $50,000 from Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund

The Shaw Festival will receive $50,000 from the Canadian government’s Enabling Accessibility Fund to make their theatres more accessible to people with disabilities. The grant will fund the construction of a new entrance and the installation of a lift at the Royal George Theatre as well as seven automatic door openers in the Festival Theatre, Production Centre and Royal George Theatre’s accessible washrooms.

Shelah Marie Embarks on Inaugural Sustainable Theater Workshop on Haiti

by Jacob Coakley
Shelah Marie will conduct her Sustainable Theater Workshop in Haiti for three weeks in August.

 


Shelah Marie will conduct her Sustainable Theater Workshop in Haiti for three weeks in August.

Brooklyn-based performer Shelah Marie created The Sustainable Theater Workshop to help teach Haitian children how to create theatre. She’s worked the past year to create the Workshop and ran an IndieGoGo campaign to help fund a three-week trip to Haiti this summer. After her three-week workshop concludes the students will have written and performed an original work, which Marie will independently publish, so an archive of their work can be created.