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Scurvy Companions is the NoSweatShakespeare Podcast, hosted by Emily Jackoway.

Scurvy Companions will take a deep dive into Shakespeare from the perspective of diverse experts in fields of Shakespearean performance, literary study, education, social media, and more — all while keeping the Bard’s works entertaining and accessible.

Follow us on social media for updates and visit us at our main hub, NoSweatShakespeare.com.

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Scurvy Companions is the NoSweatShakespeare Podcast, hosted by Emily Jackoway.

Scurvy Companions will take a deep dive into Shakespeare from the perspective of diverse experts in fields of Shakespearean performance, literary study, education, social media, and more — all while keeping the Bard’s works entertaining and accessible.

Follow us on social media for updates and visit us at our main hub, NoSweatShakespeare.com.

    "The play's the thing": Actor and Director Jacqueline Thompson

    "The play's the thing": Actor and Director Jacqueline Thompson

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on change for everyone in the world, but for actors in particular. Jacqueline Thompson, an actor, director, producer, and professor based in St. Louis, Missouri, is one of the first actors taking to the stage as we enter our (hopefully) post-pandemic theatrical space. She will be playing Regan in St. Louis Shakespeare Festival's production of King Lear, premiering this June, starring André De Shields in the title role. 

    Jacqueline has a rich history of community-engaged classical theater stemming from her involvement with St. Louis Shakespeare Festival's Shakespeare in the Streets program and furthered by the Regional Arts Commission's Community Arts Training Program. Her work has earned her accolades like a Visionary Award, which recognizes St. Louis women in the arts, the award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama from the St. Louis Theater Circle, and participation in the Theater Communications Group's Rising Leaders of Color program. 

    Today, Jacqueline will be talking to us about how to effectively engage with communities through theater, how the pandemic has shaped recent performance, and how to make classical theater accessible to everyone. 

    You can learn more about seeing Jacqueline in King Lear in St. Louis this summer here. Jacqueline is interviewed by host Emily Jackoway. To learn more about NoSweatShakespeare, check out our site at nosweatshakespeare.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to follow or subscribe and give us a five-star rating. Thanks for listening in!



     

    "Let old wrinkles come": Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday

    "Let old wrinkles come": Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday

    April 23rd, 2021, marks William Shakespeare's 457th birthday, and, oddly enough, also the 405th anniversary of his death. To celebrate the life of the Bard, we'll be discussing his life in Stratford-upon-Avon with NoSweatShakespeare's founder and scholar, Ralph Goldswain. 

    Ralph taught English Literature in England for four decades. During the 1980s he was seconded to the National Shakespeare and Schools Project, where he helped develop methods of teaching Shakespeare to bring plays to life in the classroom. He went on to work at the London Education Authority, where his focus was working with teachers to make Shakespeare lively, comprehensible, and enjoyable for their students. He has created and delivered Shakespeare workshops for both teachers and students, and still regularly visits schools in the UK and Europe to address groups of teachers. 

    Join us as we take a dive into Shakespeare's early and later years. What kind of family was Shakespeare born into? What shocking event happened to make his father retire from public life? And what does Shakespeare's will say about his marriage? Find out all that and more in this episode. Ralph is interviewed by host Emily Jackoway. 

    To learn more about NoSweatShakespeare, check out our site at nosweatshakespeare.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to follow or subscribe and give us a five-star rating. Thanks for listening in!

    "Note this before my (e)Notes"

    "Note this before my (e)Notes"

    Today we'll be joined by literary professional Wesley Matlock. Wesley is the Project Manager for eNotes.com and an avid reader of whatever he can get his hands on. Before life in editing and publishing, he spent many years teaching English Language Arts from Moscow, Russia, to Seattle, Washington. Wesley works with a team of literature enthusiasts who seek to make reading and teaching literature as enjoyable and rewarding as possible. In addition to his work with eNotes, Wesley enjoys gardening, coffee, and talking about speculative fiction with Chris and Oren on the Mythcreants podcast. 

    Today we’ll be talking with Wesley about the mechanics of an online literature Q&A site (one slightly different from our own!), how Shakespeare is taught in schools, and how the Bard can be used as a point of critique for modern literary genres like science fiction.  You can see Wesley's work on eNotes.com, oweleyes.org, and mythcreants.com. 

    Here are links to the specific articles Wesley mentioned throughout the episode: 

    eNotes Q&A: Queen Mab Speech 

    eNotes Q&A: Lady Macbeth 

    Mythcreants blog: King Lear 



    Wesley is interviewed by host Emily Jackoway. To learn more about NoSweatShakespeare, check out our site at nosweatshakespeare.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to follow or subscribe and give us a five-star rating. Thanks for listening in!

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    "Brevity is the soul of wit": Shakespeare for the TikTok teens

    "Brevity is the soul of wit": Shakespeare for the TikTok teens

    When you think of teenagers on TikTok, you probably think of complicated dance trends, new makeup looks, and "Okay, Boomer," but... what about Shakespeare? Today we are joined by Shakespearean TikTok creator Annalyse Lapajenko, known as Al on TikTok. 

    Al is an actor and Shakespeare enthusiast with 6 years of teaching experience. Their TikTok account, @nofearshakesqueer, brings Shakespeare content to thousands of people daily by inviting audiences to engage with the text in a modern setting. Al creates humorous, trendy, and engaging videos about Shakespeare characters and themes, ranging from outfits to wear on a first date based on your favorite Shakespeare play, to video trailers for Spotify playlists for your favorite characters -- and they've built a community of nearly 35,000 followers doing so. 

    Here are links they mentioned to their Shakespeare-themed playlists:

    Beatrice, Hal and Poins, Helena and Hermia, Lady Macbeth, and Ophelia

    Al is interviewed by host Emily Jackoway. To learn more about NoSweatShakespeare, check out our site at nosweatshakespeare.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

    If you enjoyed this podcast, be sure to follow or subscribe and give us a five-star rating. Thanks for listening in!

    'I Am To Wait, Though Waiting So Be Hell'

    'I Am To Wait, Though Waiting So Be Hell'

    A trailer for Scurvy Companions: The NoSweatShakespeare Podcast, hosted by Emily Jackoway. 

    Scurvy Companions will take a deep dive into Shakespeare from the perspective of diverse experts in fields of Shakespearean performance, literary study, education, social media, and more — all while keeping the Bard’s works entertaining and accessible. 

    Follow us on social media for updates and visit us at our main hub, NoSweatShakespeare.com.

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