Events and Conferences

Shakespeare Forum: Page, Stage, Engage

April 24-27, 2008

NYU's Program in Educational Theatre has taken a lead in bringing Shakespeare and his plays to schools and community organizations throughout New York City with its Shakespeare Initiative. Our touring Shakespeare to Go company, coupled with the summer Looking for Shakespeare program and the Shakespeare Youth Ensemble, provide a myriad of opportunities for students to think about and engage with Shakespeare's vast canon of work.

Our pedagogical approach trains artists and teachers to think about Shakespeare's plays as living performances rather than simply as pieces of literature. This requires participants to engage with the text in a kinesthetic way, and they discover that what was once mysterious and foreign is now clear and familiar. The overarching goal of the Shakespeare Initiative is to provide people of all ages and abilities with the skills to experience Shakespeare's plays as written, rather than relying solely on adaptation or modernization of the text.

The 2008 Forum will bring artists, educators, and scholars together to discuss the implications of producing and teaching Shakespeare in the 21st century. Proposals should address one or more of the following questions:

  1. Why is Shakespeare still part of our theatrical vocabulary?
  2. How are we approaching Shakespeare's canon as artists and teachers in the 21st century?
  3. To what extent does Shakespeare's canon fit into our ever-changing multicultural, globalized landscape?
  4. Why is Shakespeare's work a fundamental component of English and Theatre curricula?

Conference presentations will include academic papers, workshops, and scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. NYU’s Shakespeare Youth Ensemble will perform Twelfth Night on April 25, 2008 at 7:30pm and NYU’s Shakespeare to Go touring company will perform The Tempest on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 7:30pm.

Keynote Plenary Address

Friday, April 25, 2008, 10:00 am
featuring award winning actor Roger Rees

Locations at New York University:
  • The Kimmel Center, 60 Washington Square South
  • Education Building, 35 W 4th St
  • Provincetown Playhouse, 133 Macdougal St
For more information contact

Desiree Hamburger, Conference Administrator: dph239@nyu.edu; or
Office of Special Programs: 212 992 9380