Archive for April, 2014

It’s Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.  Here’s some of the ways you can celebrate:

Learn more about the ways we are celebrating today.

The Shakespeare Society and the Pearl Theatre are offering a special day-of discount: Use the code BARD at checkout on the Pearl Theatre’s website to save $5!


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The Face to Face 2014 Conference, sponsored by the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, is this week, April 16-17, at the City College of New York (CCNY) in Shepard Hall.

Although online registration is now closed, you can still register at the door for $105, which includes breakfast and lunch for both days of the conference, a reception on the first day, and a choice of over 36 panels and speakers.

The conference features two Shakespeare sessions, along with their official descriptions:

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Shakespeare Education in the Age of the Common Core
Whether you are enjoying the opportunity to view your teaching through the lens of the Common Core or feeling restricted by the standards, this session will offer experiential knowledge of how to use these standards to create lesson plans and evaluate your existing curriculum. Come join us for an interactive workshop led by the Shakespeare Society and Teachers & Writers Collaborative and play with other attendees to design your own Common Core–aligned Shakespeare lesson!

Thursday, April 17, 2014
2:00-3:30 PM
Shakespeare in the City: Resources for NYC Shakespeare Educators
Many educators have had uninspiring introductions to the Bard in their own education and very often receive little guidance in teaching Shakespeare. Given these challenges, how do we create a fun and rewarding experience for the next generation of students? The NYC Shakespeare Educators Roundtable is a coalition of NYC-based organizations with multiple approaches to teaching performance-based Shakespeare with students and teachers. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on ―good Shakespeare instruction‖ they have experienced and identify resources to help them develop the skills to teach the Bard in our modern world.

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Shakespeare flyer

Enjoy a month-long celebration of Shakespeare at the New York Public Library with their lecture series on the Bard.  All events start at 1:15 pm in the South Court Auditorium of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street). Free and open to the public.

Schedule of Events

  • Thursday, April 3 – Heather Dubrow – “Dressing old words new” : Reading Shakespeare’s Sonnets
  •  Thursday, April 10 – Irene Dash – Out of the Closet : Your Own Thing  and Shakespeare
  •  Thursday, April 17 – Adam Rzepka – Living in the Crypt : Mourning, Melancholy, and the Afterlife of Romeo and Juliet
  •  Monday, April 21 – Claire Falck – A Meeting of the Petty Gods : Elizabethan Entertainments in The Winter’s Tale
  •  Tuesday, April 22 – Melinda Hall –Shakespeare and Medicine : “So Sick I am not, yet I am not Well” :  Innogen, Cymbeline
  •  Wednesday, April 23 – Ben Crystal – Shakespeare on Toast
  •  Thursday, April 24 – Naomi Conn Liebler – What Portia Knew
  •  Friday, April 25 – Robert Armitage (at 2:15 p.m.) – From Stratford-on-Avon to The New York Public Library

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