During his visit to Emory in fall 2012, Stephen Unwin, artistic director at the Rose Theatre Kingston, led a memorable Shakespearean acting workshop at The New American Shakespeare Tavern in Midtown (Nov. 14, 2012). In this series of videos, he discusses his approach to connecting with the inner reality of Shakespeare’s works, considers Shakespeare’s brilliant minor roles, and directs a scene from Romeo and Juliet Act 3 Scene III.
During his 30 years of directing, Unwin has worked with a range of distinguished actors, including Alan Cumming, Tilda Swinton and Timothy West. He also has taught workshops at the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, the Traverse Theatre and several schools in the U.K. and the United States. A prolific author, his books include The Faber Pocket Guide to Shakespeare’s Plays, A Guide to the Plays of Bertolt Brecht, The Well Read Play and So You Want to Be a Theatre Director? He has been artistic director of the Rose Theatre since 2008
See video of entire workshop (1:37:50)
The workshop was sponsored by Emory’s World Shakespeare Project (WSP) and the Halle Institute for Global Learning. The WSP represents a new, interactive teaching and research model that links international faculty and students, creating educational dialogues on Shakespeare, performance, and cultural studies.
Why is Shakespeare still so relevant in the world today? What is it about his writing that transcends time and cultures? Emory students who have participated in Shakespeare classes, taught under the aegis of Emory’s World Shakespeare Project, share their thoughts on combining technology and cross-cultural dialogue to see the Bard of Avon in a whole new light. Students include Madeline Teissler 13C, Patrick Agrippina 13C, Riakeem Kelley 12C, Emma Calabrese 13C, Dongze Li 16C, and Emily Kleypas 13C.
The World Shakespeare Project (WSP) represents a new, interactive teaching and research model for twenty-first century higher education. The WSP is international, interdisciplinary, and socio-culturally varied in its approach. Combining the practical and pedagogical resources of its co-directors, Profs. Sheila Cavanagh and Kevin Quarmby, the WSP addresses the shifting nature of higher education through innovative technological experimentation. The WSP links electronically with Shakespearean faculty and students across the globe to create and sustain dialogues and educational opportunities in concert with student populations often excluded from such endeavors because of economic, cultural, or geographic limitation.
World Shakespeare Project Homepage
See Quadrangle article (Fall 2012)