Shakespeare Association of America

Upcoming Online Performances and Events

The Early Modern Research Forum (PGR Seminar Series)

A seminar series run by PhD students for MA students | Online | KCL Internal Event Series | Semester 

We are delighted to share that the LSC-funded Early Modern Research Forum (EMRF), designed and co-ordinated by Dr. Sarah Lewis, will be running in 2022 for students in the KCL Arts and Humanities Faculty. The EMRF is a weekly seminar series in which KCL PhD students working in Early Modern and Shakespeare studies present on their research findings and academic experiences to MA students across the faculty (and university). All seminars occur weekly on Tuesdays (except one), with the first session of the series taking place today.The programme for the semester and recurring Teams link for the seminars are available here.

Henry VIII portrait with a laptop computerTo Double Business Bound: A Webinar Series on Shakespeare as Academic and Artistic Practice

26–28 January 2022, 5–8 pm (GMT+8) via Zoom


26th January 2022 | 5–8 pm (GMT+8)

  • Drama and Academia: Intersections of Academic and Creative Practices of Shakespeare (Michael Dobson, Director, Shakespeare Institute and Ricardo Abad, Artistic Director, Ateneo de Manila University)
  • Shakespeare in Performance: An interview (Lucy Bailey, Director, Shakespeare’s Globe and Royal Shakespeare Company)


27th January 2022 | 5–8 pm (GMT+8)

  • Cutting and Editing: Shakespeare for Performance (Abigail Rokison-Woodall, Deputy Director, Shakespeare Institute)
  • Shakespeare as Source Text: Creating New Work from Old (Tracy Irish, Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Untranslatability, Translation, and Adaptation (Jessica Chiba, Shakespeare Institute, Guelan Luarca, Ateneo de Manila and Ron Capinding, Ateneo de Manila)


28th January 2022 | 5–8 pm (GMT+8)

  • Teaching Shakespeare through Performance (Aileen Gonsalves, Artistic Director, Butterly Theatre Company)
  • Teaching Shakespeare to Filipino Students (Judy Celine Ick, Department of English and Comparative Literature, UP Diliman)

Click here for registration and further details.


Theoretical Futures in Shakespeare Studies: Virtual Symposium for Graduate Students

21 February 2022, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m CST

The event is open to all SAA members. Log into the Members Only section to attend.

Andreas Patrick Bassett (University of Washington)
Mapping Bookshop Locations of Shakespeare’s Early Modern Booksellers

Kimberly L. Bressler (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)
Defining What is Left Behind: Exploring the Violent Enactments of Destructive Consumption

Katrina Cutcliffe (University of Southern Queensland)
Distributing Authorship and the Study of Shakespeare’s Texts

Peter R. Cibula (University of California, Irvine)
Approaching Shakespeare through an Augustinian Existentialism

Patrick Durdel (Université de Lausanne)

Tara Dybas (University of California Riverside)
“Why, thou owest God a death”: A Queer Death Studies Approach to Shakespearean Deathways

Rebecca Hixon (University of Michigan)
The “Mezzo” Level of Shakespearean Adaptation Studies

Carrie Isaacman (University of Colorado, Boulder)
Representation of Stereotypes on Early Modern Stage

Chelsea Keane (University of California, Riverside)
“Gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name”: Towards a Milieu-Specific Shakespearean Ecocriticism

Robin Alfriend Kello (University of California, Los Angeles)
Adaptation and Appropriation for a Shakespeare in Service of Social Justice

Christina Fotini Kolias (Claremont Graduate University)
“Made to write [man] ‘whore’ upon”: Othello, Racecraft, and the Hypersexual Attack on the Black Male Body

Amy Danielle Juarez (University of California, Riverside)
Architectural Care in Shakespeare

Alexandra Elise LaGrand (Texas A&M University)
Queering Shakespearean Performance History: The Case of Charlotte Cushman

Amani Liggett (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Unsettling the Settler: Ambition, Anger, and Colonial Ecology in The Tempest

Katie Elizabeth O’Hare (University of California, Santa Cruz)
“Call back yesterday, bid time return”: Temporality in Shakespeare’s Second Tetralogy

Aaron James Proudfoot (University of Connecticut)
Reenacting Shakespeare(s) through Biofiction

Jonathan Thurston-Torres (Michigan State University)
Shakespearean Animals at the Antiracist Frontier

Savannah Rae Xaver (Western Michigan University)
The Theoretical “Whore”: Feminine Personification for Masculine Control

Open-Access Recordings, Articles, and Podcasts

  • Digital Theatre+ and the Asian Shakespeare Association hosted a webinar exploring some of the ways the study of Shakespeare has become increasingly accessible through digital resources and online delivery to students around the world, which is now available to view on YouTube
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Inspired by this creativity, courage, and beauty amid isolation and fear of The Decameron by Italian poet Giovanni Boccaccio, Tennessee Shakespeare Company organized their own Decameron Project — a Facebook Live effort in which our artists bring you classical pieces, inspirational poetry, short performances from Shakespeare, and brief looks at this day in the history of cultural arts and significant events, all of a theme as outlined by Aristotle’s twelve virtues. Watch all past episodes online here.

  • 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.

  • 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 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