Online Performances and Events
Explore BlkFrsTV, an all-new streaming platform from American Shakespeare Center. For a small donation, watch shows including Much Ado About Nothing and Henry IV Part 1 and 2.
For all past performances from The Show Must Go Online, visit their website.
Listen to Pascale Aebischer, author of Shakespeare, Spectatorship and the Technologies of Performance, and Sonia Massai, author of Shakespeare’s Accents: Voicing Identity in Performance, discuss their work with friends, colleagues and well-wishers. Access the recording, from the Society for Renaissance Studies, here.
Lord Denney’s Players’ production of Much Ado About Nothing was originally scheduled to run March 26-29, 2020 in the Ohio Union, but the state’s “stay-at-home” order prevented the live show from occurring. Fortunately, ASCTech and LDP’s signature innovation saved the day: Much Ado’s surveillance culture readily translated to a film built using the same social meeting software that has enabled OSU to move its educational mission entirely online. Watch it online here.
Flatwater Shakespeare Company planned to open a lovely production of Romeo and Juliet, but responsibly canceled all public performances even before official guidelines required it. Third Rail Content, a video production company (whose team includes wonderfully inventive independent film makers), stepped up on very short notice to videorecord a final performance. Please consider following the link to buy access for $15.
Episode 22 of the podcast Ministry of Ideas, “Stealing the Cannons,” explores how Shakespeare came to occupy his central place in the canon, why some people have challenged the traditional canon, and how artists like Shakespeare and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda use canons to inspire creativity, create community, and even foster democracy. It features original interviews with Rory Loughnane, an associate editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare; John Ray Proctor, an actor and professor of drama at Tulane University; Stephen Greenblatt, editor of the Norton Shakespeare; and Oskar Eustis, artistic director at the Public Theater. Click here to read more or listen to the episode online or listen on Spotify, Apple podcasts, or Lyceum.
Delaware Shakespeare is using a little bit of iambic pentameter to help us through our socially distant times – posting a reading of a Shakespeare sonnet each weekday. Check out Del Shakes’ Facebook and Instagram feeds for the videos.
- Every Friday through Christmas, Cal Shakes will release a new ten-minute weekly video lecture series with Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly who will be “running the canon.” Covering every single one of Shakespeare’s 37 plays over 37 weeks, Kelly will bring the same breadth and insight that she does to her famous pre-show Grove Talks. Watch all the talks online.
Visit the Folger Shakespeare Library website for a full list of their digital experiences and resources.
Listen to The Musicians in Ordinary Podcast, which explores the historical and cultural context of music of the Renaissance at home, in court, in Shakespeare’s theatre and beyond. In the March 13 episode, Prof. Tom Bishop (Univ. of Auckland) talks about Shakespeare’s Pericles. Prof. Linda Austern (Northwestern U.) talks about music and medicine in the 17th century, and Felix Deak plays Deth by Tobias Hume. Listen on PodBay or Apple Podcasts.
- Watch archived episodes of Bard Talks by the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles online here. Led by distinguished scholars from universities, libraries and institutes across the globe, Bard Talks examine Elizabethan society, production and rehearsal, Shakespeare’s timeless themes, and classic characters.
Shakespeare Theatre Company is offering its series of adult classes as online courses for the first-time to accommodate theatre students and professionals amid the coronavirus pandemic. After the first round of online classes sold out, the Company has decided to offer more classes starting on STC Teaching Artists have adapted their curriculum to successfully reach students in an online format with no more an 12-16 students. In the belief that theatre provides an essential place for creativity, learning, and human connection, STC is offering Spring Classes online at a reduced rate of $149. Further tuition assistance is available. For more information or to register, please visit their website or email Classes@ShakespeareTheatre.org with any questions.
- Mark Beauchamp performs Prospero’s speech during COVID-19 on lockdown in the U.K. Watch on YouTube.
- Read SAA member Scott Newstok’s wonderful essays “Lorraine Hansberry on Shakespeare” on LinkedIn.com here and “We would all do well to think more like Shakespeare” on The Dallas Daily News here.
Women & Shakespeare Podcast features conversations with diverse women directors, actors, writers, and academics who are involved in making and interpreting Shakespeare. The series is designed to harness digital humanities to redress the gender and racial disparity in academic citational practices, public discourse, and rehearsal room power dynamics in the field of Shakespeare studies and performance. Funded by NYU (New York University), Series 1 of the ‘Women and Shakespeare’ podcast includes guests ranging from the renowned actors Dona Croll, Kathy Pogson, and Janet Suzman to Orwell prize-winning author, Dr Delia Jarett Macauley to Head of Higher Education and Research at Shakespeare’s Globe and Vice-President of the Shakespeare Association of America, Professor Farah Karim-Cooper, to multiple award-winning playwright Chris Bush. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or on their website.
- Watch “Look Another Way,” a conversation with authors and professors Scott Newstok, James Shapiro and Emma Smith moderated by Jeffrey Horowitz, Founding Artistic Director of Theatre for a New Audience. Watch on YouTube here.
- David Keys explores the history of London’s first theatre in a new article for the Independent. Read it online here.
Undiscovered Shakespeare, an NEH-funded collaboration of Santa Cruz Shakespeare (a professional theater company) and Shakespeare Workshop, a research center of The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz, will run until September and may be found here. Anyone may attend free of charge, but registration is necessary.
July 8, 2020
- The Oxford Renaissance Online Seminar (OROS), a temporary online seminar series designed to allow scholars of early modern literature to share and hear new research with a global audience, will host Richard Schoch (QUB), ‘Performing Restoration Shakespeare.’ To watch, tune in on Facebook Liveat 8 p.m. BST.
- Join Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg for Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, an ongoing online tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. This week, along with special guest Richard McCoy (Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY; author ofFaith in Shakespeare), the two explore how Shakespeare’s life impacted his writing. Click here for more and to purchase tickets.
July 9, 2020
- Shakespeare at Notre Dame presents Stage Management Workshop at 7 p.m. EST. Hosted by NDSF General Manager Debra Gasper, this workshop centers around the invisible art of professional stage management. For more information, visit their website.
- Stratford Festival presents Romeo and Juliet, with a preshow featuring Sarah Farb, Scott Wentworth, and Antoine Yared beginning at 6:30 p.m. EDT followed by a live viewing party at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Watch online here.
- Mary Morrissey will be leading an online seminar on Prosopopoeia: ”the fayning of a person” (Puttenham). They will be discussing the role that personification plays in rhetoric, feigning vs. sincerity in performance, and the techniques used by performers and writers to stir the emotions. If you are interested in taking part, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for some preliminary reading and the link to the event. For more information and to reserve a spot, visit their website.
July 13, 2020
- Red Bull Theater presents “All the World’s a Stage” with Stephen Spinella. Two-time Tony winner Stephen Spinella joins the Podversation to discuss his approach to text and the character of the great melancholic enigma Jacques from Shakespeare’s As You Like It. He’ll read passages from the play and discuss his thoughts on the text and character in Shakespeare with host Nathan Winkelstein. They’ll take questions through Facebook LIVE and YouTube. For more information (and a chance to appear as part of the broadcast), visit their website.
July 14, 2020
- Shakespeare at Notre Dame presents The Cheryl and Scotty Show at 7 p.m. EST. NDSF veterans Cheryl Turski and Scotty Arnold will be on hand to deliver music, jokes (good and bad), and a whole lot of fun. More program information to be announced! For more information, visit their website.
July 15, 2020
- Join Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg for Shakespeare Hour LIVE!, an ongoing online tour through every corner of the Shakespeare universe. This week, along with special guests, the two explore the when, the how, and the why of Shakespeare in America, surveying the famous Booth family of Shakespearean actors (one of whom was Lincoln’s assassin), the largest riot of the 1800s, between fans of different Shakespeare schools, and the extensive links between the regional theater movement and Shakespeare from Tyrone Guthrie to Joseph Papp to the Folger and Michael Kahn. For more information and tickets, visit their website.
- The Oxford Renaissance Online Seminar (OROS), a temporary online seminar series designed to allow scholars of early modern literature to share and hear new research with a global audience, will host Farah Karim-Cooper (Globe), ‘Shakespeare, Race and Performance.’ To watch, tune in on Facebook Live at 8 p.m. BST.
- This week on Undiscovered Shakespeare—an NEH-funded collaboration of Santa Cruz Shakespeare (a professional theater company) and Shakespeare Workshop, a research center of The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz—join actors, scholars, and friends for a live reading and discussion of Henry VI, Part 1. To register and learn more, visit their website.