Archive for October, 2014



NYC Shakespeare Competition
Workshop & Orientation

Monday, November 17, 2014
4:00-6:00 PM

The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street
New York, NY 10016




Join us for a FREE interactive workshop exclusively designed for high school teachers whose schools plan to participate in the 2015 ESU New York Shakespeare Competition. Both new and returning educators are welcome to attend the event. The program includes an overview of the Competition in New York City and performance workshops on the Bard’s monologues.

Questions?  Contact:  Katharine Moran, Manager of Shakespeare Education Programs, at shakespeare@esuus.org or 212-818-1200 x 223.


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King Lear Workshop Group

Photo Credit: NYU Skirball

Local educators and pre-service teachers were treated to a special workshop on King Lear at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. The program was a partnership between the English-Speaking Union, the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington D.C.), NYU Skirball (New York University) and Shakespeare’s Globe (London, England).

The event included:

  • An interactive, curriculum workshop with Folger Shakespeare Library instructors.
    Instructors included:  Josh Cabat (Chair of English, Roslyn High School-Roslyn, NY); Michael Klein (English Teacher, Sachem Central School District-Ronkonkoma, NY); and Sara Lehn (English Teacher, Roslyn High School-Roslyn, NY).
  • An exclusive talk-back with actors from the Shakespeare’s Globe Company.
    Actors included:  Gwendolen Chatfield (Goneril); Joseph Marcell (King Lear); and John Stahl (Gloucester).
  • A panel discussion with local Shakespeare scholars on the play and its history.
    Scholars included:  Richard McCoy (Distinguished Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY); Tanya Pollard (Professor of English, Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center); Sid Ray (Professor of English, Pace University); Katherine Schaap Williams (Assistant Professor of Literature, NYU Abu Dhabi); and Will Tosh (Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Globe Education at Shakespeare’s Globe).
  • An Off-Broadway performance of King Lear (Shakespeare’s Globe production). 


The workshop (coupled with a panel discussion that preceded a praiseworthy performance) was an incredible experience, which will not be forgotten, as each lesson will be carefully woven into my curricula.” – Workshop Participant

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King Lear

Photo Credit: Shakespeare’s Globe

NYC’s Year of Lear continues with a production from Shakespeare’s Globe (now playing at the NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts).  Joseph Marcell (above) stars as the latest doomed king.  Here’s a look back at the other actors who have taken up the crown this year:

  • Frank Langella (Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn)
  • Michael Pennington (Theatre for a New Audience, Brooklyn)
  • Terry Layman (Titan Theatre Company, Queens)
  • John Lithgow (Shakespeare in the Park-The Public Theater, Manhattan)

Want to learn more?  Go to this Friday’s Panel Discussion:  The Year of Lear at NYU Skirball.  Free and open to the public.

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