The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.1616 Wednesday, 13 August 2003
Date: Thursday, 14 Aug 2003 09:33:01 -0400
Subject: Shakespeare Magazine Seeks New Home
I want to thank all of you have supported Shakespeare magazine in the
past either by subscribing or contributing articles.
Below is a letter that appears in the current issue of Shakespeare
magazine. If you have any questions, please contact me directly.
SHAKESPEARE MAGAZINE SEEKS NEW HOME
When Shakespeare was founded in the fall of 1996, the editors and
publishers had a vision. We wanted to create a magazine that would
bring three different groups together--scholars, theater professionals,
and teachers--to share their love of Shakespeare. For the past seven
years, we think we have been successful.
Those who have been our loyal readers might recall a 1997 interview with
Mark Rylance, then the newly appointed Artistic Director of
Shakespeare's Globe; a 1998 special edition on Shakespeare's Froward
Females with articles by Jeanne Roberts, Peggy O'Brien, and the RSC's
Wendy Greenhill; the 1999 interviews with Kevin Kline and Michael
Hoffman about their film version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, special
teaching issues on Macbeth, Hamlet (twice), Othello, Henry V, Julius
Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and King Lear; and
last year's feature, 'How I spent my (Shakespeare) Summer Vacation,'
which followed actors, scholars, and teachers in various summer
programs. This issue looks closely at some of the ways teachers are
using technology in their classrooms. Since the beginning, we have also
maintained a content-rich Web site at www.shakespearemag.com. We've
been proud of our work and of our 20 issues and pleased that we never
had a shortage of excellent contributors.
But the publishers and editors are all in different places now. Some of
us have changed organizations, others have changed positions and
responsibilities, some of us have retired. In addition to revenue from
subscriptions and advertising, our funding has always been from two
generous sources--Keith Rose at Cambridge University Press and Dean
Michael Collins at Georgetown University. But unfortunately,
circumstances have made it impossible for the funding to continue.
Unless we get a new sponsor, the next issue will be our last.
So we find ourselves in the difficult position where we either fold up
our literary tent or find a new home and a new sponsor. That home could
be an organization, a university, a publisher, or a theater. The
magazine might even have to evolve into some other format. At this
point, we are open to all ideas and suggestions that might help keep
this venture alive.
If anyone has ideas or suggestions, or needs more details about what
sponsorship might entail, please contact me directly.
Michael LoMonico, Editor
S H A K S P E R: The Global Shakespeare Discussion List
The S H A K S P E R Web Site <http://www.shaksper.net>
DISCLAIMER: Although SHAKSPER is a moderated discussion list, the
opinions expressed on it are the sole property of the poster, and the
editor assumes no responsibility for them.