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The State of Shakespeare is a virtual masterclass featuring in-depth interviews with contemporary Shakespearean actors, directors and teachers. We focus on the complex relationship of words and performance, and how individual artists develop unique and often contrasting approaches to the text. We aim to inspire and educate theatre makers, students and educators to discover new ways of bringing Shakespeare to life. Hosted by Gerritt VanderMeer and Jim Elliott.

The State of Shakespeare The State of Shakespeare

    • Performing Arts
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

The State of Shakespeare is a virtual masterclass featuring in-depth interviews with contemporary Shakespearean actors, directors and teachers. We focus on the complex relationship of words and performance, and how individual artists develop unique and often contrasting approaches to the text. We aim to inspire and educate theatre makers, students and educators to discover new ways of bringing Shakespeare to life. Hosted by Gerritt VanderMeer and Jim Elliott.

    Andrew Muir

    Andrew Muir

    Bob Dylan and William Shakespeare:The True Performing of It.October 25, 2020

















    Author and scholar Andrew Muir is fascinated with two poets: one “the greatest artist of all time” and another “the most important artist since the second World War.”  They may have more in common than mere verses can express.  His latest book “Dylan & Shakespeare: The True Performing of It” explores why. From live performances to influencing genres to the "instability of revered verse", Muir has spent a lifetime studying the two Bards. And it is so much more than words, words, words.







    For more information on Dylan and Shakespeare: The True Performing of It, Click here.

    • 31 min
    Milan Dragicevich

    Milan Dragicevich

    Richard III: Act 1, Scene 2Richard, Duke of GloucesterSeptember 30, 2020

















    Words, words, words. Milan Dragicevich is fascinated by what he calls "the verbal surface" - a place where rhetoric lies and where you will take your voice to the borders of your personality. Milan believes that rhetoric is not just the art of persuasion but a chance to contribute to something bigger than ourselves.







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    • 28 min
    Paul Sugarman

    Paul Sugarman

    King Lear: Act 2, Scene 2KentAugust 28, 2020

















    He is neither a knave, beggar or a coward, but rather a champion of the Bard! Paul Sugarman has been working with Shakespeare his whole life. Most recently, he is bringing Shakespeare to life with the Instant Shakespeare Company. In this rousing interview, Mr. Sugarman discusses his company, using the First Folio and Shakespearean insults.







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    • 25 min
    Shirine Babb

    Shirine Babb

    Henry VI, Part III: Act 1, Scene 4Queen MargaretJune 30, 2020

















    In our first interview recorded during the Covid-19 era, we caught up with Shirine Babb, whose production of Timon of Athens at the Shakespeare Theatre of DC was abruptly interrupted in March, 2020.  Before "quarantine" and "social distancing" and "Zoom" were household words we were just beginning to grasp the impact of the sudden shuttering of our theatres.  Shirine shares her thoughts on how to survive the times, the production of Timon of Athens and shares Queen Margaret's infamous speech from Henry VI, Part 3.







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    • 23 min
    Scott Newstok

    Scott Newstok

    How to Think Like ShakespeareMay 31, 2020







     















    What can we learn about the state of modern education by taking a look back at how young pupils were schooled during Shakespeare’s day?   Our guest Scott Newstok shares some collected wisdom from his book How to Think Like Shakespeare, which has us wondering: when education policy makers prioritize standardized testing, digital instruction and virtual learning environments over more traditional methods, could today’s students be losing more than they are gaining?  







    Click here to visit Scott Newstok's webpage.

    • 30 min
    Hassan Jamal

    Hassan Jamal

    The L.A. Subway Shakespeare ProjectApril 15, 2020







     















    What do John Cassavettes, August Wilson and the Three Stooges have in common?  They all inspired Hassan Jamal to create the LA Subway Shakespeare Project.  Hassan films short Shakespeare scenes in and around the LA Subways, all in one take, all on the go.  Part street theater, part guerilla film, the LASSP is a unique vision in the Shakespearean landscape. Give a listen, then give a look!







    Click here to visit the LA Subway Shakespeare Project Site.







    Here is a sample, from Titus Andronicus:

    • 12 min

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15 Ratings

Actor Dan Pavacic ,

Best Shakespeare Podcast our there

I’ve been listening to this podcast since September when it was introduced to me. Not only is it informative, it’s honest and authentic. Jim Elliott and Gerritt VanderMeer allow the audience access to so many Shakespeare scholars and working Shakespearean actors with years and years of experience. I am grateful for Them State of Shakespeare’. It’s my favorite podcast on The Bard!

Shakespeare Ninja ,

Love it!

Great stuff! Love the discussions and insight. Keep it up. And thanks!

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