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Panel ‘The Shakespeare We Love’ will mark membership in Shakespeare consortium

Picture of Shakespeare A panel discussion with leading Shakespeare scholars will celebrate UNCG’s new membership in the American Shakespeare Center Consortium. “The Shakespeare We Love: Why He Thrives Today” will be Friday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

The panel also celebrates the University’s ongoing membership in the Folger Institute of the Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Moderated by Preston Lane, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Greensboro’s Triad Stage, the panel features Kathleen Lynch, Executive Director of the Folger Institute; Ralph Alan Cohen, Co-Founder and Director of Mission for the American Shakespeare Center (ASC); Sarah Enloe, ASC Director of Education; John Gulley, Associate Professor of Theatre at UNCG and Director of Shakespeare in Love; and Jennifer Park, Assistant Professor of Renaissance Literature at UNCG. The panel discussion will take place on the first floor of the Brown Building in the Sprinkle Theatre at 402 Tate St. It will be followed by a complimentary reception.

Dr. Chris Hodgkins, professor of English, notes, “UNCG’s new membership in the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) Consortium in Staunton, Virginia, brings striking benefits institutionally, instructionally, and culturally. Institutionally, this membership puts UNCG on the board of one of the finest Shakespeare and classic theater programs in America, giving us a voice in their teaching of Shakespearean and Renaissance drama using original performance practices in their stunningly recreated 1608 Blackfriars Playhouse–a unique world-class acting space. Instructionally, our membership means that UNCG undergraduates, graduate students and faculty in the performing arts and literature will have preferred enrollment status in ASC programs and conferences at their homespaces in Staunton and in courses and workshops brought to our campus. And culturally, it means that all members of the UNCG community–students, faculty, and staff–enjoy all the ASC’s rich programming and Blackfriars productions at specially discounted rates, and in some cases at no extra charge beyond our dues already paid.”

He notes that UNCG’s ASC membership heightens UNCG’s ongoing commitment to Shakespeare scholarship and performance at the highest levels.

Since 2011, UNCG has belonged to the Consortium of the Folger Institute in Washington, DC, America’s premier center for Shakespearean research associated with the world’s largest Shakespeare archive, the Folger Shakespeare Library next to the Library of Congress.

Between 2011 and the present, UNCG has had 21 total participants (13 faculty and 8 graduate students) accepted and fully funded for Folger programs. “With four acceptances last year and three thus far in 2018-19, UNCG compares well with the overall Folger Consortium average acceptance rate of 2.5—in a group including the most famed public and private universities in the central and eastern U.S. and Canada–and our overall number of 30 applications so far for these programs shows strong campus interest—and a 70 percent success rate.”

He added, “All in all, these ASC and Folger memberships—supported by Provost Dana Dunn, Vice Chancellor Terri Shelton, CAS Dean John Kiss, and CVPA Dean Lawrence Jenkens and administered by the Atlantic World Research Network—place UNCG among the leaders of Shakespearean production and research nationwide.”