Shakespeare at Notre Dame is honored to welcome attendees to the 26th annual conference of the Shakespeare Theatre Association.
Visit our 2016 Conference Page to learn more.
A global celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and legacy
In January, Shakespeare at Notre Dame will kick off “SHAKESPEARE: 1616-2016,” a yearlong series of performances, conferences and special events commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death and his legacy. “Act One” of the celebration includes events slated during the University of Notre Dame’s spring semester, which runs January through April.
In January, “First Folio! The Book that Gave us Shakespeare,” a national exhibition and tour curated by the Folger Shakespeare Library, opens at the University of Notre Dame. “First Folio” is a 50-state tour and exhibit of Shakespeare’s 1623 First Folio, the first published collection of 36 of his plays and one of the world’s most treasured books. Notre Dame marks the official first stop of the First Folio national tour and serves as the sole Indiana venue for the exhibition. The exhibition, which runs Jan. 6-29, will be housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections gallery of the Hesburgh Library. Select Notre Dame Shakespeare holdings will also be on display, and curators will offer daily, guided tours.
The First Folio exhibit and Notre Dame’s year-long celebration officially launch at 16:16 (4:16 p.m.) Jan. 6 with the ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Hesburgh Library’s new North Entrance Gallery. Shakespeare at Notre Dame, the Hesburgh Libraries, the Robinson Community Learning Center, noted Shakespearean scholars from the College of Arts and Letters and members of the Actors from the London Stage company will host a diverse slate of events, including the Folio Friday Lecture Series, theatrical performances, special displays and school workshops for more than 1,200 area youth. Special guest Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will officially close the exhibition with a lecture at 4 p.m. Jan. 29.
Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS), a five-member British company touring university campuses from Massachusetts to Hawaii, will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20-22 and Jan. 29 in Washington Hall. Founded in 1975 by veterans of the Royal Shakespeare Company — including Sir Patrick Stewart, Tony Church, Lisa Harrow and Bernie Lloyd — AFTLS celebrates its 40th year in 2015-16. The company has been based at the University of Notre Dame since 2000.
Two international conferences on campus are scheduled as part of the celebration. The second iteration of 2013’s Shakespeare in Prisons Conference, titled, “Shakespeare in Prisons: In Practice,” will bring arts practitioners from around the world to Notre Dame Jan. 25-27 for three days of plenaries, panel discussions and active workshop training by some of the most noted figures in the field of Shakespeare and social justice. Participants will be given an opportunity to learn techniques for approaching incarcerated and nontraditional populations.
In an effort to build on this foundation of Shakespeare as a catalyst for effecting positive social change, the close of the “Shakespeare in Prisons: In Practice” conference will also serve as the opening for the 26th annual conference of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA). Attended by more than 120 artistic, managing and education directors from theatre companies across the globe, the annual STA conference serves to foster a spirit of collaboration and innovation in the collective approach to the production of Shakespeare’s plays for modern audiences. Plenaries, panel discussions, breakout sessions and special performances will seek to broaden the conversation about what Shakespeare means in contemporary society, 400 years after his passing.
As part of STA’s Legacy 400 initiatives, Shakespeare at Notre Dame is also developing two digital platforms titled “We Are Shakespeare” and “400 Dreams: Shakespeare Across the Globe.”
“We Are Shakespeare” will invite the general public to upload short testimonials and performances focused around the impact Shakespeare’s universal themes still have on 21st-century society. Complementing this will be “400 Dreams: Shakespeare Across the Globe,” which will catalog and highlight the hundreds of varied Shakespeare-related events around the world commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Both sites, housed at WeAreShakespeare.nd.edu, will go live on Wednesday (Jan. 30) and will be accepting submissions throughout 2016 before becoming permanently archived within CurateND, in partnership with the Hesburgh Libraries.
In April, Shakespeare at Notre Dame partners with both the South Bend Symphony Orchestra and Opera Notre Dame in bringing Shakespeare’s works to music. On April 16, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra will present Romeo and Juliet as part of its Masterworks Series at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend. The concert will feature the works of Tchaikovsky, Gounod and Prokofiev, interspersed with performances by actors from Shakespeare at Notre Dame.
From April 21-23, Opera Notre Dame will present a world-premiere adaptation of As You Like It in the Patricia George Decio Theatre in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame.
Additional events will be added to the calendar in the summer and fall.
Announcing the 2016 NDSF Season!
The Community Company presents
ShakeScenes: July 16 and 17
Coordinating Director, Christy Burgess
The Young Company presents
Pericles, Prince of Tyre: July 17 - August 22
Directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh
The Professional Company presents
The Tempest: August 16-28
Directed by West Hyler
NDSF's 2016 theme is "Shakespeare's Last Words" as we explore and celebrate Shakespeare's final plays. Interesting in auditioning? Want to learn more about the productions? Visit the NDSF 2016 SEASON PAGE to learn more.
2016 Conference Registration is now open!
Shakespeare at Notre Dame begins Theatre Partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger looks forward to working with Shakespeare at Notre Dame "to build a greater connection to Shakespeare and the humanities in the Americas" and "to deepen the engagement, experience, and enjoyment of Shakespeare enthusiasts around the country."
"Two English professors have combined their love of Shakespeare and their love of the cocktail hour to create a new book of Bard-inspired cocktail recipes, complete with ililustrations drawn from the Folger collection. Hear the story in this podcast episode."
Listen to the postcast right here using SoundCloud
Welcome to our Fall 2015 Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Our five British actors arrived to Notre Dame on September 20 for an eight-week tour of US universities. The tour will return to Notre Dame in January for public performances on January 20-22. Learn more about the actors, the production, and AFTLS HERE. (The cast pictured L-R: Sam Collings, Ffion Jolly, Chris Donnelly, Patrick Moy, and Claire Redcliffe)
"NDSF's ‘Winter’s Tale’ a study in contrasts and humor"
South Bend Tribune Review (8/23/15)
South Bend Tribune entertainment editor Andrew S. Hughes reviews The Winter's Tale in the Sunday's August 23 issue.
Photo Caption: An old shepherd (L. Peter Callender) and his son (Josh Zwick) consider their next step as Autolycus (Giles Davies) hides nearby in the NDSF Professional Company production of The Winter's Tale. (Photo by Peter Ringenberg)
"ND Shakespeare adds one to canon"
South Bend Tribune Feature (8/6/15)
South Bend Tribune entertainment editor Andrew S. Hughes speaks to Long Lost co-authors and directors Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor about their new comedy in the August 6 issue of "in the bend."
Listen to Reduced Shakespeare Company (RSC) Long Lost podcasts:
- RSC Napa Valley Production Podcast (7/13/15)
- RSC ND Shakespeare Festival "Beyond the Stage" Podcast (8/2/15)
Shakespeare at Notre Dame to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio in 2016
London Shakespeare lecture now online
On March 23, 2015, Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director at Shakespeare's Globe, gave the fourth-annual London Shakespeare Lecture in Honor of Stanley Wells, CBE. This lecture brings together experts in different spheres of study and practice to explore Shakespeare and his works. The event was hosted by the University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway in collaboration with The Shakespeare Institute and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.
Watch the 49-minute VIDEO now!
Shakespeare at Notre Dame will present the second international Shakespeare in Prisons Conference (entitled Shakespeare in Prisons: In Practice) on January 25-27, 2016.
Click HERE for more information and to register.
Shakespeare at Notre Dame has been chosen as the host of the 2016 Annual Conference of the Shakespeare Theatre Association. We look forward to welcoming the best and brightest from Shakespeare theatres around the world January 27-30, 2016. Join us as we kick-off the worldwide festivities celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's legacy right here on the campus of Notre Dame.