“Working w/ Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale” Conference

“Working w/ Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale” Conference

May 23 – 24, 2014
UC Santa Cruz

In celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Working w/ Shakespeare fosters a dialogue between three professions that are especially dedicated to understanding his work: literary critics, theater designers, and professional actors. What makes literary criticism, design, and performance different as forms of interpretation? How might their distinctive practical techniques and theoretical concerns enrich and transform each other? These questions are the framework for the conference’s three workshops, each of which will focus on The Winter’s Tale.

Workshop I: Acting with Shakespeare
Mike Ryan is an actor and the Co-Artistic Director of Santa Cruz Shakespeare. Acting with Shakespeare is an interactive workshop that explores how actors move from the page to the stage; how verse, rhetoric and complex imagery are made more intelligible to the ear; and how to pull useful clues from Shakespeare’s text that translate the spoken word into action. As one of Shakespeare’s final works, The Winter’s Tale combines bold experimentation with verse form with the theatrical cunning of a producer at the peak of his game.

Workshop II: Designing with Shakespeare
Kate Edmunds, Professor of Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz, has designed scenery for over thirty years, from New York to California, to great acclaim. In Designing with Shakespeare, participants will move from the written to the spoken word, and then from words to the visual images that reflect their own thoughts, developing designs for The Winter’s Tale that communicate their own insights about the play. Through design, we will try to “see what we mean” when we work with Shakespeare.

Workshop III: Writing with Shakespeare
Sean Keilen teaches Shakespeare in the Literature Department at UC Santa Cruz. Writing with Shakespeare takes The Winter’s Tale as the starting point for a dialogue about literary criticism’s long-standing investment in the hermeneutics of suspicion and the prospect of grounding interpretation, instead, in aesthetic experience. Suppose that we approach Shakespeare’s play not only as an object for analysis but also as a model for thinking and writing about art. What, then, could our criticism become?


Friday, May 23
Location: Digital Arts Research Center, Room 108 (Map – Park in lot #126)

9:00-9:30 AM – Welcome and Introductions

9:30 AM -12:00 PM – Workshop I: Acting with Shakespeare

12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch @ DARC 3rd floor balcony

Location: Theater Arts, Second Stage (Map – Park in lot #126)

1:00-3:30 PM – Workshop II: Designing with Shakespeare

Saturday, May 24
Location: Humanities Building 1, Room 210 (Map – Park in lot #109)

9:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Workshop III: Writing with Shakespeare

12:00-12:30 PM – Closing Lunch Reception

Working w/ Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale is presented by Shakespeare’s Disciplines, a research cluster of the Institute for Humanities Research, with generous support from the Dean of Arts, the Seigfried B. and Elisabeth M. Puknat Literary Studies Endowment and the Department of Literature, and w/Shakespeare, a Multicampus Research Group of the University of California Humanities Network.

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