Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0930. Friday, 18 November 1994.
Date: Wednesday, 16 Nov 1994 11:18:44 -0500 (EST)
Subject: NEH Summer Institute
Center for Renaissance and Shakespearean Staging
A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for College and
University Teachers, sponsored by James Madison University and The Shenandoah
3 July - 12 August, 1995
The Center for Renaissance and Shakespearean Staging will provide an institute
for considering the performance conditions of the Renaissance stage and a
proving ground for ideas about staging and learning that emerge from that
consideration. Under the directorship of Dr. Ralph Alan Cohen, the Center's
participants will use a twelve-actor ensemble -- the Shenandoah Shakespeare
Express -- to explore three plays by Shakespeare: *Hamlet,* *Twelfth Night,*
and *The Tempest.*
The Center, with its resident Shakespeare company, will offer an unmatched
learning and teaching resource: a laboratory where scholars can see their
ideas about Shakespeare and Renaissance drama made flesh by a company of
talented and flexible actors. This access to the tools of play production will
help participants think differently about the plays and about the ways they
present Shakespeare and Renaissance drama to their students.
Project Director: Ralph Alan Cohen, Professor of English at James Madison
University and Executive Director of the Shenandoah Shakespeare Express.
Alan Armstrong, Director of the Center for Shakespeare Studies at Southern
Oregon State College.
Thomas L. Berger, Piskor Professor of English at Saint Lawrence University.
David Bevington, Phyllis Fay Horton Professor of English at the University of
Stephen Booth, Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley.
Bernice Kliman, Professor of English at Nassau Community College.
Barbara Mowat, Director of Academic Programs at the Folger Library.
Murray Ross, Artistic Director of "Theatreworks" at the University of Colorado,
Patrick Spottiswoode, Director of Education for the International Shakespeare
Globe Centre in London.
The Center for Renaissance and Shakespearean Staging is located on the campus
of James Madison University in the middle of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. JMU
is a university in Virginia's commonwealth system and enrolls 10,000
undergraduates and 1000 graduate students. The campus is two hours south of
Washington, two hours northwest of Richmond, and one hour northwest of
Charlottesville. Participants will stay in the brand-new, air conditioned
Wampler Hall and have access to the Hall's computer lab, as well as complete
faculty privileges at Carrier Library (including an extensive Shakespeare on
video collection in the multi-media lab) and JMU's gymnasium.
Evening and day-trip activities may include visits to the Lime Kiln Theatre
Festival; Shenandoah Valley Music Festival at Orkney Springs; an architectural
tour of Staunton, VA; Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park; and local
In addition to housing, the twenty-four participants may eat as many as
eighteen meals a week on campus and will receive a $1,500 stipend for the
six-week institute. Participants may expect to have their round-trip
transportation costs completely reimbursed.
Participation is limited to full-time faculty teaching in colleges and
universities in the United States; foreign citizens who have been teaching at a
college or university in this country for at least three years are also
eligible. A complete application consists of three copies of the following
1. A curriculum vitae showing teaching experience and publications.
2. A letter from the applicant's dean expressing institutional support for
having the applicant participate.
3. A list of the courses that the applicant currently teaches and of courses
planned for the coming academic year that are related to the institute.
4. A statement about the significance of the institute for the applicant's
teaching responsibilities and professional interests.
5. A description of the applicant's participation in other recent
Send application materials or queries to the Center for Renaissance and
Shakespearean Staging (CRASS), PO Box 1485, Harrisonburg, VA, 22801. Or call
Paul Menzer or Tenley Bank at 1-703-568-6641.
The deadline for application is 14 February, 1995.