'Shakespeare: 1616-2016' Now Underway at Notre Dame
In an effort to build on this foundation of Shakespeare as a catalyst for positive social change, the close of "Shakespeare in Prisons: In Practice" will also serve as the opening for the 26th annual conference of the Shakespeare Theatre Association (STA). Attended by more than 160 artistic, managing, and education directors from theatre companies across the globe, the annual STA conference serves to foster a spirit of collaboration and innovation in the collective approach to the production of Shakespeare's plays for modern audiences. Plenaries, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and special performances will seek to broaden the conversation about what Shakespeare means in contemporary society, 400 years after his passing. Featured speakers include Nicholas Hytner, former artistic director of Great Britain's National Theatre of Great Britain; Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library; Paul Smith, director of the British Council USA; and Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Festival.
As part of this yearlong celebration, the Shakespeare Theatre Association has launched a series of initiatives to commemorate this milestone in the history of the world's greatest dramatist. Legacy 400 includes the "We Are Shakespeare" digital film festival, the "400 Dreams: Shakespeare Around the Globe" online map, the Folger Shakespeare Library traveling exhibition, "First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare;" the Shakespeare Passport app from PlayShakespeare.com; and a global appeal for April 23 to be recognized internationally as "World Shakespeare Day."
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