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Monthly Archives: June 2012

"All The World's A Stage": The Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival

Steve Rowland who, with Robert Miller, is working a documentary project called ShakespeareIS, just returned from a seven-week trip to England where he took in all that the Globe to Globe  Shakespeare Festival had to offer.  Thirty-six plays, along with Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis were presented in thirty-five languages, “plus one play in ‘American Hip Hop’ —… Continue Reading »

Shakespeare Behind Bars

Many of you have probably heard about the Luther Luckett Correctional Facility’s program Shakespeare Behind Bars from the 2005 documentary. Now in its 18th year, the program still makes headlines for its heartfelt, simply staged performances and intelligent, honest discourse from the program’s participants. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2kr5wV_AiQ] The premise of the program is that for a year,… Continue Reading »

Shakespeare in the City–NYC, that is.

For anyone who wants to truly be in the know, here’s your chance. Shakespeare 101 at the Greene Space—based on my book– is the ultimate interactive guide to the great Bard. If you are in NYC on Sunday, do try to stop down. It is being produced by WNYC and will be simulcast as well…. Continue Reading »

Summer Shakespeare Festivals

Now that summer is here, why not think about taking in a Shakespeare performance? Perhaps you’re thinking about teaching one of the Bard’s plays you’ve never taught before and would like to see it on stage before you do. Or, maybe it’s been a while since you’ve seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed on a starry summer… Continue Reading »

Why, what read you there?

I loved summer reading lists. Not that I loved being assigned homework over the summer, but it was a list of books I was now considered “ready” to read! The Hobbit after 5th grade, Shabanu into 8th, Jane Eyre into 9th… I was introduced (or re-introduced) to some excellent literature, which I could take with me to… Continue Reading »


If you’ve been reading this blog at all, you know that we know Kids love Shakespeare – especially when that love is creatively fostered and encouraged with play! – and that even the youngest children can find something to enjoy and relate to. (I mean, this exists!) How young, you ask? The Kim family has been working… Continue Reading »

Shakespeare at His Best

Shakespeare for Students with Special Needs ~by Christopher Shamburg  On  June 5th the students of A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City gave two public performances of Macbeth.   A. Harry Moore a special education school that services students ages 3-21 with various medical, physical, and cognitive disabilities.  It is the laboratory school of New Jersey City… Continue Reading »

Celebrating Queen Elizabeth II

The Anglophiles among you may have spent the morning watching (or streaming) the live coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration. The reigning monarch of Britain has spent 60 years on the throne, and is still beloved and revered by her subjects. Shakespeare’s own Queen Elizabeth (the first of that name), was one of… Continue Reading »