On the eve of the Seventh Biennial Blackfriars Conference, the American Shakespeare Center is pleased to announce the release of Shakespeare Expressed, a collection of essays originally presented at the American Shakespeare Center’s 2011 Sixth Blackfriars Conference. ASC’s own Director of Education Sarah Enloe serves as co-editor of the edition (published by The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press Series on Shakespeare and the Stage) along with Kathyrn M. Moncrief, professor and chair of English at Washington College, and Kathryn R. McPherson, professor of English at Utah Valley University. The volume also features essays from current and former ASC Education department members Cass Morris (current Academic Relations Manager), Symmonie Preston (former Director of College Prep Programs) and Doreen Bechtol (former Director of College Prep Programs).
Shakespeare Expressed brings together scholars and practitioners, often promoting ideas that can be translated into classroom experiences. The essays focus on Shakespeare in performance by including work from scholars, theatrical practitioners (actors, directors, dramaturgs, designers), and teachers in a format that facilitates conversations at the intersection of textual scholarship, theatrical performance, and pedagogy. The volume’s thematic sections briefly represent some of the major issues occupying scholars and practitioners: how to handle staging choices, how modern actors embody early modern characters, how the physical and technical aspects of early modern theaters impacted and affect performance, and how the play texts can continue to enlighten theatrical and scholarly endeavors; a special essay on pedagogy that features specific classroom exercises also anchors each section in the collection. The result is an eclectic, stimulating, and forward-thinking look at the most current trends in early modern theater studies.
The book release will be toasted, appropriately, at its birthplace the Blackfriars Conference, on Friday, October 26th. Shakespeare Expressed is available at the Blackfriars Playhouse Gift Shop, on the Rowman and Littlefield Publishers’ website, and on Amazon.com.
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