Announcements

Coriolanus @ The Hop

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0383  Monday, 12 November 2018

 

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

Date:         November 9, 2018 at 3:25:02 PM EST

Subject:    Coriolanus @ The Hop

 

I post to alert you to a magnificent production of CORIOLANUS, a production from the Stratford Festival in Canada, directed by Robert Lepage, with the incandescent André Sills in the title role, presented in its only United States appearance at the Hopkins Center for the Arts, at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

 

Friday, November 30, 8:00PM

Saturday, December 1, 2:00 and 8:00PM

Sunday, December 2, 2:00PM

 

This is a production that is faithful and expressive of the text, that does not shy away from the political associations to our troubled, muddied times, and that features mind-bending technology to create scenery and scenes that do not overshadow the text and the brilliant acting of this difficult and tough play.

 

Thank you for your constant sensitive, detailed, hard work, and for making sure that old WS is as bright and mercurial a presence now as he was then.

 

Peter M. Webster

Director of Dramatics and Text

Dartmouth Opera Lab

 

 

 

Mortal Fools Tour

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0378  Thursday, 8 November 2018

 

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

Date:         November 7, 2018 at 12:56:22 PM EST

Subject:    Mortal Fools Tour

 

AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER'S 2019/20 Mortal Fools Tour

ASC is offering three stunning plays:

 

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM

CYMBELINE

THE GRAPES OF WRATH

 

Mid-September through mid-November 2019: Middle Atlantic, Northeast, New England

Late January through early April 2020: South, Midwest, Middle Atlantic  

 

Direct from the stage of the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia, ASC on Tour delivers seriously fun performances to audiences at performing arts centers, universities, and high schools throughout the US. From single-day events to week-long residencies, ASC on Tour has earned its reputation as the preeminent Shakespeare touring group in the nation. ASC on Tour performs using conditions similar to those under which Shakespeare and The King's Men performed – surrounded by audience members who share the same light with the actors, each of whom play multiple roles.  

 

ASC on Tour includes education as a fundamental part of our mission. We not only take our artistic programming across the country, our troupe members are also educators, spreading the ASC’s methods of performance-based learning to new communities. We offer more than a dozen one-hour workshops covering a wide variety of topics such as rhetoric and verse, staging conditions, and textual variants. These workshops offer participants an exciting, hands-on learning experience in an intimate setting. We also offer a Talkback option which is a Q&A session held after a performance.

  • live, unplugged musical pre-shows and intermission
  • audience is brought into the world of the play through Shakespeare's Staging Conditions
  • easy load-in and load-out, few tech requirements

Contact Darlene Schneck, Tour Operations Manager, for information and to book the tour: 

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Darlene Schneck

Tour Operations Manager

American Shakespeare Center

20 S New St, 4th FL

Staunton, VA 24401

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(office) 540-885-5588 ext 11

 

 

CFP: 2019 Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0375  Friday, 2 November 2018

 

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

Date:         October 27, 2018 at 1:47:32 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP: 2019 Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

 

Shakespeare Nations

The 43rd Annual Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference Marietta College (Ohio)

June 28·30, 2019

 

In addition to the many ways that Shakespeare’s works explore the search for individual identity, the plays and poems also concern themselves with group dynamics: family, friendship, alliance, faction, race, gender, nation, mob. These cohere and collide in early modern literature in ways still relevant to our time. Characters balance their senses of belonging to place and time such as bloodlines and birthplaces against abstract senses such as citizenries and faiths and even these borders are revealed as porous and unstable. They travel to new locales and negotiate the preservation or loss of old identities, with the assumption of or resistance to new ones. As importantly, for centuries, the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries have inspired imitation/adaptation/incorporation (sometimes rejection) of what they view on stage into their own group identities. In his time, Shakespeare collaborated with and copied from his contemporaries, but after 1660, acting troupes reintroduced his plays into their repertories or adapted them. Today, some actors are designated as purely Shakespearean actors.

 

Travelers become Shakespearean throngs in Verona; immigrants bring with them worlds of culture, influencing and being influenced by what they bring and what they find. But Shakespeare as cultural symbol has been used to foster faction, competition or exclusion of group identity. English speakers become “we few, we happy few.”

 

Curricula commonly require (some do not) the study of Shakespeare. Fans flock to Shakespeare in the Park and wear neckties to their offices striped with witty and knowing quotes. Activist Shakespeareans community-build through their essays and public speeches. Academics form conferences like the OVSC or societies that claim Shakespeare's work was by someone else.

 

Plenary speaker: Ruben Espinosa, University of Texas at El Paso

Emerging Scholar speaker: Vanessa Corredera, Andrews University

 

The conference welcomes abstracts for papers, panels, and roundtables that examine Shakespeare's representations of group(s) as well as proposals that examine how Shakespeare's works have animated groups over time. We hope to see proposals that come to these issues from a broad range of perspectives and approaches.

 

Presenters may submit their work for consideration by the editors of the Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference. https://ideaexchange.uakron.edu/spovsc/

 

The conference is open to graduate students for regular sessions, and to undergraduate students for roundtable discussions. Both graduate students and undergraduate students are encouraged to submit papers for The Rick Smith Memorial Prize competition to Professor Hillary Nunn at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ';document.getElementById('cloak9076177bcd2f2f565bd6963a1758add4').innerHTML += ''+addy_text9076177bcd2f2f565bd6963a1758add4+'<\/a>'; by Friday, May 17.

 

Please send abstracts of 250-500 words to Joseph Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. ';document.getElementById('cloak78949ebc1070387981a7b6b15739dea1').innerHTML += ''+addy_text78949ebc1070387981a7b6b15739dea1+'<\/a>'; Early acceptance deadline for abstracts ls Friday, March 1. The final deadline for abstracts is Friday, April 26.

 

Check out our website at http://www.ovshakes.org/

Follow us on Twitter @OVSC

 

 

 

James L. Harner: In Memoriam

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0374  Friday, 2 November 2018

 

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

Date:         October 29, 2018 at 5:04:08 PM EDT

Subject:    James L. Harner: In Memoriam

 

Dear friends of the WSB and friends of Jim,

 

A series of memorials for Jim Harner have been recently published in the journal Multicultural Shakespeare, here: http://bit.ly/HarnerMemorials . 

 

Thank you for taking the time to share your memories. Krystyna Kujawińska Courtney (WSB contributor and Multicultural Shakespeare editor who envisioned this publication) included her memories in the volume introduction, here.

 

These memorials for Jim remember him as a generous scholar and kind soul. I am honoured to have known him and worked with him.

 

Let’s raise a metaphorical glass to Jim to toast him and our fond memories.

 

Sincerely,

Laura

Editor, World Shakespeare Bibliography

 

 

 

Announcement of Assistant/Associate Professorship

 

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0373  Friday, 2 November 2018

 

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

Date:         October 26, 2018 at 12:40:08 PM EDT

Subject:    Announcement of Assistant/Associate Professorship

 

Dear Fellow SHAKSPER Members, 

 

At the following link, please see my Dept.’s ad of an assistant/associate professor position in early modern literature with a specialty in Shakespeare studies --  

 

https://www.higheredjobs.com/search/details.cfm?JobCode=176848067&Title=Early%20Modern%20Literature%2C%20Assistant%2FAssociate%20Professor%2C%20Department%20of%20English%20%5BR0112714%5D  

 

All the best, 

Evelyn Gajowski

Professor of English

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

 

 

 

 

Blackfriars Scholarships Available at MBU S&P Grad

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0371  Friday, 26 October 2018

 

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

Date:         October 25, 2018 at 2:39:46 PM EDT

Subject:    Blackfriars Scholarships Available at MBU S&P Grad 

 

Attached is Dr. Paul Menzer’s letter of invitation, asking you all to send us your best and brightest students for our wonderful Shakespeare and Performance graduate program here at MBU.

 

Please encourage any interested students to contact me to plan a visit. We will provide comp tickets to the Playhouse, and cover several meals and all but $40/night for their stay at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel.

 

We surely appreciate your recruiting assistance, and will reward any student you send to us who matriculates with a special tuition waiver scholarship.

 

Many thanks,

Julie Fox

Assistant Director for Operations

Shakespeare and Performance Graduate Program

 

 

October 25, 2018

 

Dear Colleague,

 

Last year at this time (and next year at this time) we were (and will be) gearing up to welcome you to the Blackfriars Conference, our biennial celebration of theatre and scholarship hosted by the American Shakespeare Center. As we catch out breath during this “off year,” we want to remind you and your students of our graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University. 

 

Our program is a collection of fifty-strong students in daily pursuit of the maxim of enlightenment philosopher Giambattista Vico: “we know only what we make.” Our students make that knowledge on the stage, in the archives, and in the rehearsal room, working in collaboration with ASC actors and with Mary Baldwin faculty. Together, we explore the four core competencies of our program: acting, directing, pedagogy, and dramaturgy all underscored by rigorous scholarship.

 

If you have a student who might seem right for our program, please send them to https://marybaldwin.edu/shakespeare/ to find out more about us. And if you write them a recommendation, then we have a Blackfriars Scholarship for them in your name. That is, if you find ‘em, we’ll fund ‘em.

 

Please don’t hesitate to be in direct contact with me if I can answer any questions about the program. Neither should you hesitate to send a prospective candidate to me, as we’d love to plan a visit for them to our feisty but bucolic community of Shakespeareans.

 

All my best,

Paul Menzer

Professor/Director, Shakespeare and Performance 

 

 

 

CFP: Shakespeare and Japan

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0368  Thursday, 25 October 2018

 

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

Date:         October 24, 2018 at 2:02:23 PM EDT

Subject:    Posting a CFP for Critical Survey

 

CFP on Shakespeare and Japan: http://www.journals.berghahnbooks.com/_uploads/cs/CS-Shakespeare-and-Japan.pdf

 

Critical Survey

Call for Papers:

Shakespeare  and  Japan

 

Editors: Graham Holderness and Bryan Loughrey

 

Critical Survey addresses central issues of critical practice and literary theory in a language that is clear, concise, and accessible, with a primary focus on Renaissance and Modern writing and culture. The journal combines criticism with creative writing, including poetry, providing an essential resource for everyone involved in the field of literary studies.

 

The Editors of Critical Survey invite submissions for a special issue of the journal on Shakespeare and Japan.

 

Submissions on all relevant topics will be considered, including the following:

 

  Reception of Shakespeare in Japan

•   Naturalisation of Shakespeare into Japanese culture

•   Translation of Shakespeare into Japanese

•  The Shakespeare films of Akira Kurosawa

•  The Shakespeare productions of Yukio Ninagawa

•   Impact of Noh and Kabuki on Shakespeare production, inside and outside Japan

•   Shakespeare assimilated into Japanese forms such as Manga

• Japanese influence on Shakespeare world-wide.

 

Best regards,

Young Lee

Journals Marketing Manager

 

 

 

CFP: Marston's The Dutch Courtesan Conference

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0364  Tuesday, 23 October 2018

 

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

Date:         October 21, 2018 at 1:39:40 PM EDT

Subject:    CFP: Marston's The Dutch Courtesan Conference 22-23 March and Performances 19-24 March at U of Toronto

 

Conference: Strangers and Aliens in London and Toronto: Sex, Religion, and Xenophobia in Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan

 

Dates:  22-23 March 2019; Length of abstract: 250 words 

Place: University of Toronto, Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance

Final date for submitting abstracts: 14 Dec 2018

Date of announcing accepted papers: 15 February 2019, or earlier

Targeted scholars: senior doctoral students, recent doctoral graduates, and early career scholars

 

Object: to fill two panels of speakers for the March conference which follows RSA in Toronto, and includes performances of The Dutch Courtesan. Accepted papers will be peer-reviewed, copyedited, and published online on the Toronto Dutch Courtesan website, along with the other papers at the conference and reviews coming out of the performances. Not all accepted papers will be read at the conference, but all accepted papers will be published. Performances of the play begin March 19 and end with a matinee on March 24.

 

Papers (15-20 minutes) are requested on Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan (1605), on very specific topics of your choice. We are especially interested in pedagogy, rehearsal, and the modern connection between Marston’s play and current events now; also, theatrical connections with French and Italian comedy (commédia), ideas of masculinity and femininity; the working woman; geographical, religious, economic, social, political, and gendered landscapes of the play; Marston’s sharing of current concerns with Middleton (eg, A Mad World, My Masters), Barry (eg, The Family of Love), Jonson, or other playwrights fascinated by city comedy and the London of 1600-1610.

 

Respond to

 

Dr H M Ostovich  <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Founding Editor, Early Theatre <http://earlytheatre.org/>

Series Editor, Studies in Performance and Early Modern Drama https://www.routledge.com/performance/series/SPEMD

Series Editor, Late Tudor and Stuart Drama (https://mip-archumanitiespress.org/series/mip/late-tudor-stuart-drama/)

Professor Emerita, English and Cultural Studies

McMaster University

 

 

 

Call for Editor - Journal of the Wooden O

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0355  Wednesday, 17 October 2018

 

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

Date:         October 16, 2018 at 7:34:54 PM EDT

Subject:    Call for Editor - Journal of the Wooden O

 

CALL FOR EDITOR: Journal of the Wooden O

 

The Journal of the Wooden O is a peer-reviewed academic journal publishing essays and articles focusing on all things Shakespeare including but not limited to Shakespearean texts, Shakespeare in performance, the adaptation of Shakespeare's works (film, fiction, visual and performing arts), Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare’s contemporaries. Given the range spanned by articles appearing in the journal there is no restriction on the editor’s own area of expertise.

 

JWO is published annually by Southern Utah University Press in cooperation with the SUU Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Articles published in the JWO are indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, World Shakespeare Bibliography and appear full-text in EBSCO International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance, Academic Search Premiere and Academic Search Ultimate.

 

Since the Journal's aim is to encompass various forms of scholarship, it seeks to publish papers based on textual analysis, practitioner experiences, dramaturgy, history and other areas that offer insight, understanding and appreciation of Shakespeare’s life, works and times.

 

Editor Job Description: 

The editor is responsible for preparing one issue a year. This includes widely distributing a call for submissions, organizing blind peer reviews, liaising with contributors and the copy editor, and working with the editorial board. The editor is encouraged to be an active and visible scholar in the field. The editor is also strongly encouraged to attend the annual Wooden O Symposium held in early August in Cedar City, Utah, USA. 

 

Workload varies throughout the year, but the editor should expect to devote several hours a week to the journal during peak times (during the symposium, the week leading up to and following the annual submission deadline in October, copy editing and production time during January-February). Previous editorial experience preferred. 

 

If you would like to be considered, please send a one-page letter of introduction detailing your interest and your qualifications for the position. Also include a current CV.  Send to Matt Nickerson, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Applications are due by Dec 15, 2018.

 

 

Shakespeare's Moral Compass Published

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0338  Tuesday, 9 October 2018

 

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

Date:         October 9, 2018 at 10:49:53 AM EDT

Subject:    Shakespeare's Moral Compass Published

 

My new book Shakespeare’s Moral Compass has been published. I can offer readers of SHAKSPER a 30% discount on the EUP website using the code NEW30: https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-shakespeare-s-moral-compass.html . American readers should use the OUP website and the code ADISTA5. These are valid until December 31st.

 

This ground-breaking study fearlessly combines latest research in evolutionary psychology, historical scholarship and philosophy to answer a question that has eluded critics for centuries: what is Shakespeare’s moral vision? At a political and cultural moment in which many of us are taking stock and looking for meaning, and in which moral outrage and polarisation seem endemic, this book radically reimagines how we might approach great works of literature to find some answers.

 

Many thanks,

Senior Lecturer in English

Admissions Tutor

University of Surrey

Guildford

 

 

 

 

Actors from the London Stage

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 29.0337  Tuesday, 9 October 2018

 

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

Date:         October 9, 2018 at 10:46:37 AM EDT

Subject:    Actors from the London Stage

 

Actors from the London Stage, the engaging cross-campus residency, is now scheduling universities for the fall of 2019 and the winter/spring of 2020. The week-long set of activities culminates with performances in the fall of Twelfth Night and winter/spring of The Tempest. The residency features five extraordinary actors reaching students in multiple departments across campus. This acclaimed program has visited such campuses as UT-Austin, Wellesley, University of Florida, BYU, and others. 

 

 

Fall 2019: TWELFTH NIGHT

Five British Actors: One Amazing Week

50 services (classes and performances) scheduled Mon-Sat.

In The Classroom:

Adaptable by design, AFTLS workshops can serve students from a variety of disciplines. The actors cultivate an appreciation of Shakespeare’s works (both on the page and on the stage), and more importantly, enhance students’ critical reading and thinking abilities as well as develop their presentation and team-building skills.

 

Examples of where AFTLS can lead a class:

– Theater (performance and history)

– Shakespeare Studies

– English

– Literary Theory

– History

– British Literature

– Film Studies

– Monologue Study

– Poetry

– Creative Writing

– Architecture

– Forensics

– Media Studies and Communications

– Ethics

– Law

 

AFTLS actors have also led classes in a range of specialized subjects such as; Ornithology, Baroque Art, Gender Studies, Virology, etc. For more information, please visit shakespeare.nd.edu/AFTLS

 

Spring 2019: KING LEAR

Five British Actors: One Amazing Week

50 services (classes and performances) scheduled Mon-Sat.

In The Classroom:

Adaptable by design, AFTLS workshops can serve students from a variety of disciplines. The actors cultivate an appreciation of Shakespeare’s works (both on the page and on the stage), and more importantly, enhance students’ critical reading and thinking abilities as well as develop their presentation and team-building skills.

 

AFTLS actors have also led classes in a range of specialized subjects such as; Ornithology, Baroque Art, Gender Studies, Virology, etc.  For more information, please visit shakespeare.nd.edu/AFTLS

 

KING LEAR

Confronting the role of the monarch in the balance between authority and chaos, King Lear reveals the beauty of selfless love, the heartache of betrayal, and the descent of civilization into brutishness when selfish greed has run amuck.

 

A long-serving monarch prepares to divide his kingdom between his three daughters with one caveat: each must proclaim her love for him in glowing terms. His plan unravels when his youngest daughter refuses to do so, creating disorder and pitting allies against one another in a civil war that threatens to consume the entire nation. His power now lost, he wanders the land seeking truth amidst the turmoil, his mind crippled with the consequences of his actions and slipping ever further into madness.

 

TWELFTH NIGHT

Mistaken identities, disguises, and love triangles: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night sees the great playwright blending his comic and dramatic devices with masterful dexterity. Even now, its riches entertain and delight, with some of Shakespeare’s most famed language bolstered by deeper, richer currents of love, desire, grief, and transformation. Twelfth Night is a deliriously enjoyable romantic comedy not to be missed.

 

Shipwrecked on the Illyrian coast, Viola, an aristocrat by birth, searches for her long-lost twin brother Sebastian. Believing him drowned, she disguises herself as a boy named “Cesario” and goes to work for Duke Orsino, who is in love with Lady Olivia. Olivia, mourning the deaths of her father and brother, instead falls in love with Cesario, who is herself falling for the Duke. Meanwhile, the scheming steward Malvolio endures a series of practical jokes, creating a delightful tangle of comic complications on the way to a memorably joyful ending.

 

 

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