Quarterly Tidings: NDSF returns, NEA grant, Peter Holland workshop and more

Author: James Comerford

From the return of a celebrated Michiana summer tradition to exciting new programs and initiatives, Shakespeare at Notre Dame is as busy as ever. Read on to learn more about our upcoming performances, including the return of the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, as well as upcoming tours, special events, and so much more. 

Upcoming Performances

Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival Returns
We're back! The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival returns in full force this coming summer, beginning with Shakespeare After Hours on July 15 and ShakeScenes on July 16. The Touring Company kicks off July 16 with the first of 10 performances of All's Well That Ends Well, traveling to parks and theatres across Michiana through August 22. Finally, the Professional Company makes its grand return to the Patricia George Decio Theatre with a new staging of Shakespeare's classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, August 16-28, 2022. Tickets on sale now at shakespeare.nd.edu

Raise a Glass With Us
A Michiana summer tradition since 2000, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival's Opening Night Gala is the crown jewel in a season full of extraordinary theatre. Join us on Thursday, August 18, 2022, beginning at 6pm, for cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres as we toast the return of the Professional Company to the beautiful Patricia George Decio Theatre. Then, experience the opening night of Romeo and Juliet, in a stunning new staging directed by Chris Anthony, and experience one of Shakespeare's most celebrated tales, brought to life like never before. 

Actors From The London Stage Tours Fall 2022 with Macbeth
The latest Actors From The London Stage cast hits the road this coming fall, with Macbeth taking a multi-week tour across the United States. Casting is complete, with rehearsals beginning in mid- to late summer. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for more information on tour locations and performance dates. Future tours include Romeo and Juliet (spring 2023), As You Like It (fall 2023), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (spring 2024). 

Shakespeare at Notre Dame Updates

Scott Jackson Receives Publics Award at SAA 2022
Shakespeare at Notre Dame's Mary Irene Ryan Family Executive Director, Scott Jackson, received the Publics Award at the 50th annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Jacksonville, Florida, in recognition of his work with the 4th International Shakespeare in Prisons Conference (SiPC4). Scott shared this award with Freedome Bradley-Ballentine (The Old Globe), Melinda Cooper (Independent Project Manager), Karen Ann Daniels (Folger Shakespeare Library), Curt Tofteland (Shakespeare Behind Bars), and Praycious Wilson-Gay (Public Theater). Congratulations!

Shakespeare at Notre Dame Receives 3rd NEA Grant
Shakespeare at Notre Dame has been selected for a third year of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)'s Shakespeare in American Communities: Juvenile Justice program, for 2022-2023, alongside just eight other programs nationwide. This grant will enable us to continue and expand our outreach with DePaul Academy in South Bend, IN, and many other exciting and transformative programs. Read more here

Peter Holland Leads Workshop with the Folger Institute
Coming fall 2022: "Shakespeare and Performance Studies: Researching and Teaching Recorded and Live Broadcast Theatre," a new workshop organized by our own Peter Holland alongside Pascale Aebischer of the University of Exeter and Erin Sullivan of the Shakespeare Institute at the University of Birmingham. Click here for more info; apply by August 8, 2022 for admission to the workshop. 

Alumni News

  • Guillermo Alonso, veteran of several past Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival productions, recently appeared in two episodes of the Epix original series Billy the Kid, "The Little Bit of Paradise" and "Fate," as Melquiades Segura.
  • Fellow NDSF alum Aleyse Shannon recently appeared as a series regular on the Freevee series Leverage: Redemption, and previously appeared in a starring role in the 2019 feature Black Christmas
  • Finally, NDSF alum Esau Pritchett, who portrayed the title role in our 2018 Professional Company production of Othello, recently appeared on Broadway in Thoughts of a Colored Man. Esau appeared in a recurring role on Fox's Prodigal Son, and has also booked appearances on Starz's Power Book III: Raising Kananand in the recent feature Clifford the Big Red Dog

Stay up to date on the latest info at shakespeare.nd.edu