Theater Emory hosts "Shakespeare Anniversary Celebration"

April 18, 2016

ATLANTA—Theater Emory hosts “Shakespeare Anniversary Celebration” on April 23, 2016,  a twelve-hour celebration commemorating the 400th anniversary of the bard’s death. The festival of performances and discussion will occur in various locations around the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Events include a large-scale battle scene enactment, performances from local artists including Staibdance and Callosum Collective, readings from prominent Atlanta Shakespearean actors, excerpts from Emory student theater productions, and, of course, comic diversions from a fool or two. “Shakespeare: What’s on Your Mind?” brings together Emory faculty in an informal conversation, during which participants discuss their Shakespearean research, current passions, and new investigations in development.

“We are excited to view Shakespeare through as many lenses as we can: cultural perspectives, styles of performance, and devised work,” explains Janice Akers, Theater Emory artistic director.

Shakespeare Anniversary Celebration begins at noon and ends with a midnight ritual inviting all attendees to honor the life and art of Shakespeare. More information, along with a schedule and complete list of events can be found at This event is free and open to the public, but it is requested that attendees make reservations

Complete Schedule of Events

  • 12 p.m.: Battle Scene directed by John Ammerman
  • 12:30 p.m.: Student Theater Showcase featuring Emory Chinese Theater Club, Dooley’s Players, Oxford Ensemble of Shakespearean Artists, Rathskellar Improv, and Second Floor Basement Sketch Comedy
  • 2 p.m.: Shakespeare in Song
    2:30 p.m.: Clown-off featuring theater studies students in Donald McManus’ clowning seminar
  • 3:30 p.m.: Cocks of the Rose, a comedy written and directed by Donald McManus
  • 4 p.m.: Shakespeare: What’s on Your Mind?, A conversation with Emory faculty members Patricia Cahill, Michael Evenden, Ross Knecht, Donald McManus, and Rebecca Munson. High tea will be served.

  • 5:30 p.m.: Break

  • 7 p.m.: Shakespeare’s Soliloquies performed by students in Tim McDonough’s Acting Shakespeare course
  • 7:30 p.m.: Staibdance
  • 8 p.m.: Alumni Showcase featuring Callossum Collective’s The Squall, Maya Hubbard & Kelly Spicer, and Clifford Clark & Nicholas Surbey
  • 9 p.m.: Atlanta’s Shakespearean Actors reading favorite pieces. Featuring John Ammerman, Elisa Carlson, Carolyn Cook, Ann Marie Gideon, Tim McDonough, Donald McManus, and more
  • 10 p.m.: Reception and Ambush Shakespeare
  • 11:30 p.m.: Closing Ritual & Toast