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Shakespeare at Winedale

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Course Description 

This course explores Shakespeare's plays through performance. We will spend every class period looking in detail at Shakespeare's texts, at the interpretive challenges they present, and at the way performance choices contribute to their meaning. We will consider the original circumstances of their performance, their subsequent history on stage and film, and the critical controversies they have occasioned. Above all, we will explore them in action, through our own creative work, both in the classroom and in the theatre barn at Winedale. The course is designed for students with an interest in Shakespeare and a willingness to perform in front of others. Previous experience with acting is not necessary.

2022 Spring Class Details

This spring the course will explore Shakespeare from a global perspective and will culminate in public performances. We will be working in partnership with a class at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa, as part of the Texas Global program.  Some of the course meetings will be online sessions with the students at Wits; otherwise the course will be in-person insofar as the COVID situation allows.

We will be responsive to UT safely protocols, but the plan is for us to spend three weekends at The University of Texas Winedale Historical Center. These sessions at Winedale are required; they are the most important part of the course.

Those weekends are

  • February 25 - 27
  • March 25 - 27
  • April 28 - May 1

During these weekends, you will be working long hours on the play, from early morning to late at night. You should be prepared for this commitment before you register. The course will conclude with public performances in the Winedale Theatre Barn. In the 2021 spring semester, the Shakespeare at Winedale Spring Class performed The Tempest at the Winedale Theatre Barn and on UT campus. Click here for more information about these performances.

How to Apply

Fill out an online application today. Applications are due October 29, 2021.

Questions? Email Program Coordinator, Liz Fisher.