36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.500  Wednesday, 17 December 2014


From:        Meriem Pagès <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 16, 2014 at 10:42:51 PM EST

Subject:    36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum


36th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum 

Keene State College 

Keene, NH, USA

Friday and Saturday April 24-25, 2015


Call for Papers and Sessions

“Representation, Adaptation, Recollection”

Keynote speaker: Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English, Brown University  


We are delighted to announce that the 36th Medieval and Renaissance Forum will take place at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.  This year’s keynote speaker is Coppélia Kahn, Professor of English at Brown University and a pioneer in modern Shakespeare studies.  In her 1981 book Man's Estate: Masculine Identity in Shakespeare, Dr. Kahn was among the first to introduce the question of gender into Shakespeare studies. She is also the author of Roman Shakespeare: Warriors, Wounds, and Women (1997), and the co-editor of Making A Difference: Feminist Literary Criticism (1985). Her current research concerns the range of social practices that make up the commemoration of Shakespeare, perpetuating him as an iconic figure in social memory.


We welcome abstracts (one page or less) or panel proposals that address questions of representation of the self and the Other in the medieval and Early Modern periods or that discuss how the world of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance is re-imagined for the present:


How did medieval and Early Modern individuals understand themselves and their world?  

How did medieval and Early Modern Europeans perceive and represent those living beyond the bounds of Europe? 

How did medieval and Early Modern individuals and groups represent their past? 

How are the Middle Ages and the Renaissance viewed in the modern period?

What function do the medieval and the Early Modern play in contemporary popular culture? 


Papers need not be confined to these themes but may cover other aspects of medieval and Renaissance life, literature, languages, art, philosophy, theology, history, and music. 


Students, faculty, and independent scholars are welcome. Please indicate your status (undergraduate, graduate, or faculty), affiliation (if relevant), and full contact information on your proposal. 

Undergraduate sessions are welcome but require faculty sponsorship.  


Please submit abstracts, audio/visual needs, and full contact information to Dr. Meriem Pagès, Director. For more information please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Abstract deadline: Monday January 15, 2015


Presenters and early registration: March 15, 2015


We look forward to greeting returning and first-time participants to Keene in April!


Meriem Pagès

Forum Director

Keene State College

Keene NH 03435-1402


2015 Shakespearean Theatre Conference Second CFP

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.499  Tuesday, 16 December 2014


From:        Alysia Kolentsis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Friday, December 12, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Subject:    2015 Shakespearean Theatre Conference Second CFP


Stratford Festival

University of Waterloo


Second Call for Papers 

2015 Shakespearean Theatre Conference:

“Language in Text and Performance”


We invite paper, session, and workshop proposals for the inaugural Shakespearean Theatre Conference, to be held June 18-20, 2015, in Stratford, Ontario. All approaches to language in Tudor-Stuart drama are welcome, including those based in the traditional arts of language (grammar, rhetoric, and logic), those based in contemporary theories of language and communication (e.g. public sphere theory, speech pragmatics, speech act theory), and those based in performance (verse speaking, original practices, etc.)


Plenary speakers:        

Joel Altman (University of California, Berkeley)

Antoni Cimolino (Artistic Director, Stratford Festival) 

Russell Jackson (University of Birmingham) 

Lynne Magnusson (University of Toronto)


Plenary panel: 

Lynn Enterline (Vanderbilt University)

Michael MacDonald (University of Waterloo)

Russ McDonald (Goldsmiths, University of London)


The conference is a joint venture of the University of Waterloo and the Stratford Festival, and will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Paper sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival. Conference goers will have the opportunity to attend performances of Hamlet, Pericles, The Taming of the Shrew, and She Stoops to Conquer.


For updated information, visit


By January 31, 2015, please send proposals to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Andrea Gammon

Director of Education

Stratford Festival     

Kenneth J.E. Graham

Department of English

University of Waterloo

Alysia Kolentsis

Department of English

St. Jerome's University


New Shakespeare Blog

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.496  Thursday, 11 December 2014


From:        Jon Ciccarelli <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 9, 2014 at 2:31:21 PM EST

Subject:    New Shakespeare Blog


I am currently writing a Shakespeare in Theatre related blog for a site called that’s recently spun off from another blog site. I write about both interesting tidbits of Shakespeare along with issues that a theatre or actors encounter in presenting Shakespeare. 


Jon Ciccarelli 


The Shakespeare Herald

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.495  Thursday, 11 December 2014


From:        Internet Shakespeare Editions <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Subject:    The Shakespeare Herald--ISE



The Shakespeare Herald

December 2014


Looking backward, and ahead


The close of the year is traditionally the time for looking back, and the new year for looking forward. Indeed, January is named after the god Janus, who was traditionally figured with two heads, one looking to the past, one to the future.


This issue of The Shakespeare Herald focuses mainly on the future but it also discusses the importance of the past by exploring  some challenges that face the creators of digital content, in ensuring that it is stable and effectively archived. The past is also well represented in the news, as we learn of the discovery of an especially interesting copy of that foundational publication for Shakespeareans, the First Folio (1623).


The future looks rosy indeed, as we welcome four distinguished scholars to our team of editors. Drs. Kate McPherson and Kate Moncrief will be spearheading the creation of a new version of our much-visited section of the site on Shakespeare’s Life and Times, and Dr. Kevin Quarmby will assume editorship of the ISE Chronicle—a hub for reviews of current productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Music was a popular component of early drama; we are recognizing its importance in the appointment of Dr. Paul Faber as our first Music Editor. You will also find some entertaining pieces on the omnipresence of Shakespeare in our culture, as we highlight some moments when he, and his works, made news.


The future of the ISE as a scholarly, open-access website depends on our Friends of the ISE — those libraries that are contributing to the development of an enduring endowment to ensure continued funding for the development and maintenance of our site. If you are already among our growing list of Friends, we thank you deeply. If you have not yet supported the site, please take a moment to follow some of the links below, and to visit the section of the site that explains the added research tools that our Friends can employ as they visit the site.


Check out all this, and more, on our website.


• Ruminating on time and the need for archives: a word from the Coordinating Editor


• Top scholars to revise the Life and Times section of the site


• Kevin Quarmby takes the helm at the ISE Chronicle


• Welcome to our regional editors


• Introducing Paul Faber, ISE Music Editor



• Shakespeare in the news:

• The discovery of a copy of the 1623 First Folio


• Shakespeare sparks flash mob


• An online Magna Carta?


• New plays to which Shakespeare may have contributed

• To weep or not to weep


• Shakespeare on film


• Shakespeare tweeteth



The Internet Shakespeare Editions is supported by the University of Victoria, the University of Victoria Libraries, Friends of the ISE, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.



Shakespeare Studies XLII

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.493  Thursday, 11 December 2014


From:        Harry Keyishian <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 10, 2014 at 4:21:34 PM EST

Subject:    Shakespeare Studies XLII


Fairleigh Dickinson University Press announces the publication of Shakespeare Studies XLII, edited by James R. Siemon and Diana E. Henderson. The issue contains a Forum on Diet and Identity, three articles, two review-articles, and thirteen book reviews. 


Forum: Diet and Identity in Shakespeare’s England


Introduction, by Kimberly Ann Coles and Gitanjali Shahani


Robert Appelbaum,  “’Lawful as Eating’: Art, Life, and Magic in The Winter’s Tale.” 


Rebecca Laroche and Jennifer Monroe . “On a Bank of Rue: Or Material Ecofeminist Inquiry and the Garden of Richard II. 


Hillary Eklund, “Revolting Diets: Jack Cade’s “Sallet” and the Politics of Hunger in 2 Henry VI. 


Ken Albala . “Shakespeare’s Culinary Metaphors: A practical Approach,” 


Joan Fitzpatrick . “Diet and Identity in Early Modern Diataries and Shakespeare: The Inflections of Nationality, Gender, Social Rank, and Age.” 


Diane Purkiss .  “The Masque of Food: Staging and Banqueting in Shakespeare’s England.” 


Barbara Sebek . “’More natural to the nation’: Situating Shakespeare in the ‘Quarelle de Canary.’” 


Gitanjali Shahani. “The Spicèd Indian Air in Early Modern England,” 





Musa Gurnis, “’Most Ignorant of What He’s Most Assured’: The Hermeneutics of Predestination in Measure for Measure. 


Leah S. Marcus, “Anti-Conquest and As You Like It.” 


Edward Pechter.  “Character Criticism, the Cognitive Turn, and the Problem of Shakespeare Studies.” 



Review Articles


David J. Baker.  “Cash or Credit?”  


Karen L. Edwards. “Playing Their Parts: The Stake and Stakeholding Animals.” 



Book Reviews


Jean E. Feerick, Strangers in Blood: Relocating Race in the Renaissance.  Patricia Akhimie


Garrett A. Sullivan, Jr., Sleep, Romance, and human Embodiment: Vitality from Spenser to Milton.  Joseph Campana


Ronda Arab, Manly Mechanicals on the Early Modern English Stage. Mark Albert Johnston


Joseph M. Ortiz, Broken Harmony: Shakespeare and the Politics of Music. Katherine R. Larson


Christopher Martin, Constituting Old age in Early Modern English Literature from Queen Elizabeth to King Lear.  Naomi Conn Liebler


Katharine Eisaman Maus, Being and Having in Shakespeare. Sandra Logan


Rapael Lyne, Shakespeare, Rhetoric and Cognition. Jenny C. Mann

Amy L. Tigner, literature and the Renaissance Garden from Elizabeth I to Charles II: England’s Paradise. Vin Nardizzi


Roland Green, Five Words: Critical Semantics in the age of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Karen Newman


Sarah Beckwith, Shakespeare and the Grammar of Forgiveness. Matthew J. Smith


Sujata Iyengar, Shakespeare’s Medical Language: A Dictionary. Barbara H. Traister


Gary Waller, The Virgin Mary in Late Medieval and Early Modern English Literature.  Susan Zimmerman


Will Stockton, Playing Dirty: Sexuality and waste in Early Modern Comedy. Adam Zucker.



Shakespeare Studies, Vol XLII is $60.00 + $4.95 shipping in the U.S. It may be purchased through: 


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Department of Literature, Language, Writing, and Philosophy 

Fairleigh Dickinson University


FYI: Marlowe Society

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.489  Tuesday, 9 December 2014


From:        Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 8, 2014 at 12:53:04 PM EST

Subject:    FYI: Marlowe Society of America Homepage


The Marlowe Society of America


We are a non-profit organization of scholars formed thirty years ago to promote research and scholarship on Marlowe’s life, works, and times, as well as his relationships with his fellow playwrights and his crucial role in early modern stage history. 


Propelling Edward III

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.484  Monday, 8 December 2014


From:        Caro MacKay <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 8, 2014 at 9:27:22 AM EST

Subject:    Propelling Edward III


Dear Hardy,


As we have just had a  ‘yes’ from our last speaker I wanted to let you know more about the Symposium on Shakespeare’s Edward III on January 30th and 31st 2015 in conjunction with UAL at Wimbledon College of Arts. 


The event is a part of our preparation for presenting Total Rose Rage and I have attached the press release.


The speakers are Paul Allen (Night Waves presenter), James Brabazon (war reporter, film maker & author), Lucy Cullingford (early / modern movement, Warwick University), Professor Jean Howard (English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University), Dr Peter Kirwan (poetic renaissance texts, Nottingham University), Professor David Lindley (Renaissance Literature, Leeds University) 


The strap line for ourselves for these two days is “why do Edward III?”


We will open with Edward Hall (our director) rehearsing the first scene of the play with the actors, Michael Pavelka (our designer) and Roger Warren (our text editor).


Then we will intersperse speakers with scene rehearsals with Edward taking points from a speaker’s paper that he thinks pertinent and useful.


I gather from the academics that they are tremendously excited to see live rehearsals and to enjoy the interplay. I think it is going to be a really interesting marriage.


The last session on Saturday afternoon will largely concentrate on a debate between the delegates, Edward, the actors et al. Professor Carol Rutter and Dr Andy Kesson will lead this.


The sessions last from 10am to 7.30 on the Friday and from 10am to 4.15 on the Saturday. The Dean will be hosting Drinks for the delegates, speakers and the company. The tickets are £200 each which includes lunches, coffees and teas. 


If you have any queries, or would like to book to come along, please do not hesitate to contact me.


With best wishes,



Caro MacKay

Executive Producer, Propeller

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Highfield, Manor Barns, Snowshill, Broadway, Worcs., WR12 7JR

+44 (0)1386 853206


November 2014

Press Release


Propeller Theatre Company and Wimbledon College of Arts announce Edward III Symposium


‘Propelling Edward III’: Research in Action will take place across two days in January 2015 at the Wimbledon College of Arts Sessions will be led by Artistic Director Edward Hall, with Propeller designers Michael Pavelka and Ben Omerod, text editor Roger Warren and Professor Carol Rutter with further guest speakers Propeller will offer Edward III workshops, rehearsed reading and masterclasses following the symposium


Propeller Theatre Company have today announced plans for a unique two-day symposium in collaboration with Wimbledon College of Arts, exploring the text of Edward III through theatre practice and debate. The event will bring these two internationally-renowned organisations together for the first time through their common pursuit of interrogating Shakespeare in performance, and their commitment to the integration of professional practice, research and education.


This one-off research and development event will involve ten Propeller actors, artistic director Edward Hall, designer Michael Pavelka, lighting designer Ben Omerod and text editor Roger Warren who will, along with leading scholars and invited delegates, investigate the text through rehearsal and discussion. Additional speakers will include Professor Jean Howard (Columbia University, NY), Peter Kirwan (Nottingham University), Lucy Cullingford (University of Warwick), David Lindley (Leeds University) and Paul Allen (presenter of “Night Waves”).


Following the symposium, Propeller will be offering workshops, masterclasses and rehearsed readings of the text to schools, colleges and universities.


For further information, ticketing enquiries or to book a workshop for your institution please contact Executive Producer Caro MacKay on 01386 853206 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




In 2013/14 the company toured worldwide with a double bill of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors. This was followed by a tour of Pocket Dream, a sixty-minute version of their full-length production which has toured to schools and theatres around the country. Pocket Comedy follows in January 2015.


For more information please visit


PROPELLER seeks to find a more engaging way of expressing Shakespeare and to more completely explore the relationship between text and performance. Mixing a rigorous approach to the text with a modern physical aesthetic, they have been influenced by mask work, animation and classic and modern film and music from all ages. Productions are directed by Edward Hall and designed  by Michael Pavelka. Propeller has toured internationally to Australia, Bangladesh, China, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and the USA.


WIMBLEDON COLLEGE OF ARTS is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London, along with Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Chelsea College of Art and Design, London College of Communication and London College of Fashion. It has the largest theatre design department in Europe.


For more information please visit




Propeller Theatre Company and Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL


‘Propelling Edward III’: Research in Action


Friday 30th and Saturday 31st January 2015 WCA Theatre Space

Limited delegate tickets available to purchase. Please contact Caro MacKay  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





Edward Hall – Artistic Director


Edward is Artistic Director of Propeller Theatre Company and Hampstead Theatre.


Theatre  includes  Sunny  Afternoon,  Chariots  Of  Fire,  No  Naughty  Bits,  Loyalty,  Enlightenment (Hampstead Theatre); The Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Propeller, UK and international tour), Two Men of Florence with Edward Herrmann (Huntington Theatre, Boston), The Deep BlueSea with Greta Scaatchi (Vaudeville Theatre), For Services Rendered (Watermill Theatre Newbury), The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night (Propeller, RSC, Old Vic & world tour – Drama Desk Award nomination in New York), Mark Ravenhill’s Dick Whittington (Barbican), Once In A Lifetime with David Suchet (National Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire with Natasha Richardson & John C Reilly (Roundabout Theatre, New York), The Winter’s Tale (Propeller, National & World Tour), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (National Theatre – Olivier Award Nomination for Outstanding Musical Production), Calico (Duke of York’s), Edmond with Kenneth Branagh (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Propeller, Comedy Theatre; Watermill Theatre Newbury; UK Tour - TMA Award for Best Touring Production), The Hinge of the World (Guildford), Macbeth with Sean Bean & Samantha Bond (Albery Theatre), Rose Rage adapted with Roger Warren from Henry VI parts I, II and III (Propeller, Haymarket Theatre, Watermill Theatre, UK/International Tour and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; Duke’s Theatre, New York – Olivier Award Nomination for Best Director and TMA Award for Best Touring Production), The Constant Wife (Apollo), Putting It Together (Chichester), Julius Caesar (RSC), Tantalus (Denver Centre and UK Tour), Henry V (RSC – The South Bank Show Award for Theatre  for The Histories), Twelfth Night (Propeller, Watermill Theatre Newbury– Winner of the TMA/Barclays Theatre Best Director Award), Sacred Heart (Royal Court Theatre Upstairs), Celaine (Hampstead Theatre), The Two Gentleman of Verona (RSC), The Comedy of Errors and Henry V (Propeller, Watermill Theatre, Newbury; Pleasance Theatre London; RSC - The Other Place, Stratford and International Tour), That Good Night (Yvonne Arnaud Tour), Othello (Propeller, Watermill Theatre Newbury and the Tokyo Globe), Richard III (Tokyo Globe), Cain (Minerva  Studio, Chichester).


His production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Propeller which played in London at the Comedy Theatre in 2003, went on to play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York in early 2004, where both he and the production were nominated for Drama Desk Awards.


His American production of Rose Rage, which he directed for the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in 2003, transferred to the Duke’s Theatre in New York in September 2004, where it won four Jeff Awards including Best Play, Best Director and Best Ensemble Cast.


Television: Downton Abbey, Restless by William Boyd, Strike Back, Spooks,(US title MI5) was nominated for the BAFTA Best Drama Series award in 2009. Kingdom, Trial and Retribution XI, Miss Marple – Sleeping Murder starring Geraldine McEwan, Cutting Edge: Safari Strife, and Richard III (NHK in Japan).


In January 2010, Edward was made Artistic Director of Hampstead Theatre. He is also an Associate at the National Theatre, the Old Vic and the Watermill Theatre.


Ben Omerod – Lighting Designer


Previous productions for Propeller include Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, The Winter’s Tale, Richard III, The Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Rose Rage (also New York/Chicago).


Theatre credits include The Tempest (Dundee Rep); Titus (Macrobert/Tour); The Girl in the Yellow Dress (Theatre 503); The Heresy of Love (RSC); Fit and Proper People (Soho Theatre); Loyalty  (Hampstead); The  Crucible  (Lyric Belfast);  The  Welsh  Boy,  Deadkidsongs,  The  Double, The Phoenix of Madrid, Iphigenia (Theatre Royal Bath/Ustinov Season); Onassis (West End/Derby); Zorro! (West End/UK tour/Paris/Japan/Holland); Serious Money, Last Easter (Birmingham Rep); Dimetos (Donmar); Two Men of Florence (Boston); Treasure Island (Rose Theatre); The  Sanctuary  Lamp  (B*spoke); Macbeth, Legal  Fictions  (West End); Translations,  The Last Days of the Reluctant Tyrant (Abbey, Dublin – nominated for ‘Best Lighting’, Irish Times Theatre  Awards);  The  Changeling,  Hedda  Gabler,  The  Doll’s  House,  John  Gabriel  Borkmann,  The Masterbuilder,  The  Seagull,  Macbeth,  Hamlet,  A  Midsummer  Night’s  Dream  (ETT); Carmen  –  The Musical (Pimlico); The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Druid, Galway/Royal Court/Broadway); Macbeth,  The  Revenger’s  Tragedy,  Henry  V,  Julius  Caesar,  The  Spanish  Golden  Age  Season(RSC); Bent, Uncle Vanya,  The Winter’s Tale,  In Remembrance of  Things Past  (National).


Recent Opera credits include Götterdämmerung for Longborough Festival Opera and La Traviata for Danish National Opera. Other Opera and Ballet credits include work for Scottish Opera, ENO, Buxton Opera Festival, Academia Santa Cecilia Rome, Ceder Lake Contemporary Ballet and Ballet Gulbenkian.


Ben also designed the lighting for the Calico Museum of Textiles’ Ahmedabad, directed Athol Fugard’s Dimetos (Gate, London) and adapted four films from Kieslowski’s Dekalog for E15.



Michael Pavelka – Designer and Symposium Director


Michael trained at Wimbledon College of Art, where he now leads the MA Theatre Design ( He is one of the founder members of Propeller and has designed all but one of their productions. He also designed Rose Rage (based on Propeller’s 2001 production) at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater that transferred to 42nd Street, New York, for which he was nominated Best Costume Design at Chicago’s Jeff Awards.


His other designs, among over 150 productions, include two plays with Lindsey Anderson: The Fishing Trip and Holiday (Old Vic Theatre). At the Library Theatre, Manchester, his designs for Brecht and Shakespeare include; The Life of Galileo (Best Design Manchester Evening News Theatre  Awards),  The  Resistible  Rise  of  Arturo  Ui,  The  Caucasian  Chalk  Circle,  Measure  for Measure, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Best Production MEN Awards), Oliver Twist, Great Expectations  and, more recently, The  Good  Soul  of  Szechuan.


Michael co-produced a Young People’s Shakespeare Festival in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, and designed the first African language Mother Courage and Her Children in Kampala, the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC and Grahamstown Festival, RSA.


He designed Revelations and Off the Wall with Liam Steel and Stan Won’t Dance at the QEH on London’s South Bank. His designs represented the UK at the Prague Quadrennial 2011 and designs for Propeller's Richard III at World Stage Design 2013.


Michael’s many West End productions include: Twelve Angry Men, Absurd Person Singular, The Constant   Wife, How  the  Other  Half   Loves,  Leonardo  the  Musical,   Other  People’s  Money,   Blues   in the Night (also Dublin, New York, Tokyo), Macbeth,   A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Rose Rage (both Propeller); and A Few Good Men (Theatre Royal Haymarket), directed by David Esbjornson. Other productions with David include; Twelfth Night (Seattle Repertory Theater) and Death of a Salesman (Gate, Dublin).

He recently designed Frank McGuinness' new play The Hanging Gardens for the National Theatre in Dublin, the acclaimed chamber opera, The Go Between (nominated for TMA Best Musical) and Hay Fever (Gate, Dublin and Charleston NC).


Designs for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and at the Barbican include: The   Odyssey, The  Two  Gentlemen  of  Verona,  Henry  V  and Julius  Caesar; and for the National Theatre in the Olivier, Edmond, starring Kenneth Branagh.


Michael won the TMA’s Best Set Design 2009 for Propeller’s The Merchant of Venice.Professor Carol Rutter – Academic Coordinator


Carol Chillington Rutter is Professor of Shakespeare and Performance Studies at the University of Warwick.   Her most recent books are Enter the Body: Women and Representation on   Shakespeare's  Stage  and  Shakespeare  and  Child's  Play:  Performing  Lost  Boys  on  Stage  and  Screen. She reviews the annual work of Shakespeare performed in England for Shakespeare Survey and regularly records with Digital Theatre. Her current project is a biography of Henry Wotton, England's ambassador to the Venetian Republic 1604-1610. She is a National Teaching Fellow.


Roger Warren – Text Editor


Roger Warren’s numerous publications include five editions for the Oxford Shakespeare series; he has also prepared many performing editions, especially for Propeller and the Peter Hall Company. He has collaborated with Edward Hall on eleven Shakespeare productions in the last decade, and is also collaborating with him in preparing a series of Propeller Shakespeare texts published by Oberon Books.



New REED Prepublication Website

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.483  Monday, 8 December 2014


From:        Peter H Greenfield <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 6, 2014 at 11:31:19 AM EST

Subject:    New REED Prepublication Website


Records of Early English Drama would like to announce a new outlet for its work, The Records of Early English Drama Pre-Publication Collections website, at This website makes the work of individual field editors available to scholars and students in draft form, in advance of their official publication as part of a fully searchable, online Records of Early English Drama database that is currently in development. For now, these materials are presented in a form resembling that found in the printed REED volumes. The transcribed records have not yet received editorial attention from REED’s staff paleographers and Latinists, nor have the notes and other editorial apparatus been checked for completeness and accuracy. 


Although none of the records so far posted on the site deal directly with Shakespeare, there is a good deal of evidence about touring minstrels and players in records of Southampton, Winchester and Winchester College from the late fourteenth century to the seventeenth.  E.g., Southampton copied into its own records several of the licenses from the Master of the Revels presented by visiting companies, some of which aren't known from other sources.  The college records also tell of the boys' own dramatic efforts. Other highlights of the website so far include the extensive records of the parish of St Laurence, Reading, including biblical plays and Robin Hood games. Several smaller Hampshire parishes offer records of kingales and other festive customs, and of the efforts to suppress those activities by civic and ecclesiastical authorities. We will be adding records from other parts of England—and Scotland as well—over the coming months. 


We encourage interested scholars to make use of these materials, with the understanding that they represent the work of the individual editors and are works in progress that will be checked by the REED editorial team before final publication. We also urge users to contact us with comments, suggestions or corrections that the editors may find helpful in preparing the final versions of their work.


London Apartment Available

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.480  Friday, 5 December 2014


From:        David Schalkwyk <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 5, 2014 at 5:40:56 AM EST

Subject:    London Apartment Available


This is short notice, but I hope someone might be interested in our London apartment over Christmas and New Year.  


We have a spacious loft-conversion flat just south of the Thames, in Bermondsey. It can sleep six people, and is about a twenty-minute walk from Tower and London Bridges. It has a fabulous view over south London and a conservatory and roof garden (which, alas, are too cold for much use at this time of the year).  


There are plenty of buses into central London (20-30 minutes), and the Borough, London Bridge (Northern Line) and Bermondsey (Jubilee Line) tube stations are within 10-20 minutes' walking distance.


It’s in a now trendy area, with local supermarkets, and the famous Bermondsey Rd with its superb restaurants and art galleries is a 5-minute walk away, the famous Borough Market a fifteen-minute walk beyond that, and the Globe and South Bank within easy reach.


It's available anytime from 15 December to 5 January. We’d like to cover expenses, but price is negotiable. Please respond directly to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Best wishes for the holidays to all.



Professor David Schalkwyk

Academic Director, Global Shakespeare

Queen Mary University of London and University of Warwick


Nine-month Internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Section

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.479  Friday, 5 December 2014


From:        Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 4, 2014 at 2:47:38 PM EST 

Subject:    Nine-month Internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Section


23 November 2014

Nine-month Internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Section


The British Library is pleased to be able to offer a paid internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western Heritage Department for a doctoral or post-doctoral student in History, History of Art or other relevant subject.


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The intern will be involved in all aspects of the work of the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section, including responding to enquiries, providing talks for students and patrons, selecting and presenting manuscripts for display in our exhibition gallery, and cataloguing, thereby gaining insight into various curatorial duties and aspects of collection care. During the internship at the Library, the intern will enjoy privileged access to printed and manuscript research material, and will work alongside specialists with wide-ranging and varied expertise. 


The primary focus of the internship will be to enhance the online Digitised Manuscripts website by creating and supplementing catalogue entries for medieval manuscripts and accompanying images, and assisting with the Library’s Magna Carta exhibition, working under the supervision of the Lead Curator, Illuminated Manuscripts. 


The internship is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to develop research skills and expertise in medieval and Renaissance art and history, and in presenting manuscripts to a range of audiences.



The programme is only open to students who are engaged actively in research towards, or who have recently completed, a PhD in a subject area relevant to the study of pre-1600 manuscripts, and who have a right to work in the UK. 


Hours of Work/Contract Duration:

  • 36 hours per week over normal business hours, full time for nine months.
  • The internship will start on 2 February 2015 or as soon as relevant security checks have been completed. 

Applications are available on the British Library’s website,


Closing Date: 18 December 2014


Interview Date: 7 January 2015


The selection process may include questions about the date, origin and decoration of a particular manuscript to be shown at the interview.


 - Kathleen Doyle


Position Available: Assistant/Associate Professor of Acting

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 25.476  Wednesday, 3 December 2014


From:        Jane Brody <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         December 2, 2014 at 2:42:57 PM EST

Subject:    Position Available


The Theatre School at DePaul University

Assistant/Associate Professor of Acting - Shakespeare/Heightened Text  


Tenure Track  


Position Description:

The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago invites applications for the fall of 2015 for a full-time tenure track faculty position teaching acting for Shakespeare and Heightened Text in an urban multicultural conservatory program with a 90 year history. The position’s responsibilities include: teaching acting to a diverse student body on the MFA and BFA levels, advising and mentoring students, and directing in the production program. 

Qualifications: M.F.A. or professional equivalent. Teaching experience is required. As faculty play a central role in our production season, The Theatre School is also looking for an individual with directing experience. Candidates must be committed to continuing work in the profession and must also be committed to collegiality and a collaborative process. Because the School seeks faculty members who bring a critical perspective to issues of diversity and multiculturalism, candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The Theatre School at DePaul University educates, trains, and inspires students of theatre in a conservatory setting that is rigorous, disciplined, culturally diverse, and that strives for the highest level of professional skill and artistry. Central to our mission is a commitment to diversity and equality in education. As an integral part of the training, The Theatre School produces public programs and performances of a wide repertoire of plays - classic, contemporary, and original - that challenge, entertain, and stimulate the imaginations of our artists and our audiences. We seek to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of our university, our city and the profession. 

DePaul University is a thriving multi-faceted Catholic, Vincentian, and urban university with ten schools and colleges, five campuses, and enrollment of 23,000 students. The Theatre School, located on the university’s Lincoln Park campus, enrolls 350 students in 12 undergraduate and 3 graduate programs. Our faculty (28 full time and 74 part time) includes leading Chicago theatre artists across all disciplines. Faculty members are active participants in the thriving Chicago theatre community. 

Deadlines: Please apply online as soon as possible at: and include a cover letter (which includes a personal statement and teaching philosophy) and CV/resume. All applicants must apply online in order to be considered (paper applications will not be accepted). Letters of recommendation will be requested at a later stage of the search process. For full consideration applications must be received by January 23, 2015. 


Jane Drake Brody

Associate Professor, Acting

The Theatre School

(225) 338 9315



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