Speakers

Speakers



David Edgar (Translating Brecht)
David Edgar Forum
David Edgar's plays for the Royal Shakespeare Company include Destiny (1976),  Maydays (1983) and Pentecost (1994-5, revived at the Stratford Festival in 2007). Pentecost was the second in a series of  plays about Eastern Europe after the Cold War, following The Shape of the Table (National Theatre, 1990) and preceding The Prisoner's Dilemma (RSC, 2001). His last play for the RSC, Written on the Heart, was premièred in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2011 and transferred to the West End the following year. His other recent stage work includes Playing with Fire (National Theatre, 2005), Testing the Echo (Out of Joint, 2008) and If Only (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2013). His stage adaptations include a multi-award-winning adaptation of Dickens' Nicholas Nickleby (Royal Shakespeare Company in London and New York, 1980-1). He has translated Brecht’s Galileo for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Ibsen’s The Master Builder for the Chichester Festival Theatre (revived at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last year). In 1989, he founded Britain's first graduate playwriting course, at the University of Birmingham. His book about playwriting, How Plays Work, was published by Nick Hern Books in 2009. He was President of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain from 2007 to 2013.

Robert Harris (Creating Crazy for You)
Robert Harris Forum
Robert Harris is a producer for CBC radio and has worked for the CBC has a producer, writer, host and manager for more than 25 years. He is the author of two books, What to Listen for in Mozart and What to Listen for in Beethoven, both designed as introductions to the world of the classics for new listeners. He has also written for the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life, mainly doing reviews of classical music. Bringing music to audiences, making it understandable and enjoyable, is his main focus, and has been in all his efforts over the past quarter century or so.

Lois Kivesto (Table Talk, Man of La Mancha; Music, Such As Charmeth Sleep)
Lois Kivesto Forum
Lois Kivesto has been presenting Stratford Festival talks since 2005, and also has written program notes. She is a frequent contributor to Shaw Festival publications and a post-show moderator and audience engagement committee member with Acting Up Stage Company.  A University of Toronto music graduate (viola), Lois received a PhD in theatre from New York University, with a dissertation on the theatre of James Lapine. Her essay “Comedy Tonight!” is published in Stephen Sondheim: A Casebook.



Susan Krauss Whitbourne (Sans Teeth, Sans Eyes)
Susan Krauss Whitbourne Forum
Susan Krauss Whitbourne received her PhD in developmental psychology from Columbia University and completed a post-doctoral re-specialization program in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The author of over 160 refereed articles and book chapters and 16 books (many in multiple editions and translations), she most recently published The Search for Fulfillment. On Psychology Today’s website, she writes the popular blog Fulfillment at Any Age, and on Huffington Post she contributes to the Post 50 site. She has appeared on DatelineNBC, Canada AM, Katie’s Take, Time/Moneyland.com, ABC.com, USAToday, Money Magazine, many national radio programs and the WGBY/PBS program Connecting Point. Her research covers a wide range of topics related to adult development and aging, including personality development through the middle and later adult years, factors that contribute to successful aging and the relationship between physical health and sense of personal identity. Most recently, she conducted research on video-game playing as an intervention for cognition in older adults. She teaches large undergraduate lecture classes and serves as Psi Chi advisor and the university’s faculty representative for prestigious national scholarships including the Rhodes, Fulbright, Marshall, Truman and Goldwater. Recipient of a 2011 Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association, she is the winner of national and campus teaching and advising awards. She has served in executive board and advisory roles in regional and national professional organizations including the American Psychological Association (Council of Representatives and Membership Board), the Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs (Chair), the Eastern Psychological Association (Executive Board), the Society for the Study of Human Development (past President), the Gerontological Society of America (Executive Board member), the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (Executive Board members) and Psi Chi (past Eastern Regional Vice President), and has been a member of numerous task forces and advisory panels at the national, regional, state and campus levels. Whitbourne lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her husband and has the distinct pleasure of having raised two daughters who chose to follow their mother’s profession. Her older daughter, Stacey, a developmental/health psychologist, is now a co-author on her adult development text, and her younger daughter, Jennifer, is pursuing her doctorate in clinical psychology. Her hobbies include knitting and playing the piano and she is an avid theatre fan. Through her frequent participation in aerobics classes, she practices what she preaches about the value of aging and exercise.


Ken Ludwig (Creating Crazy for You; How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare)
Ken Ludwig Forum
Ken Ludwig is an internationally-acclaimed playwright whose work has been performed in more than 30 countries in over 20 languages. He has had six shows on Broadway and six in the West End. He has won two Laurence Olivier Awards, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award, the SETC Distinguished Career Award and the Edwin Forrest Award for Services to the Theatre. His plays have been commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic. His first play on Broadway, Lend Me a Tenor, which the New York Times called “one of the two great farces by a living writer,” won three Tony Awards and was nominated for nine. His other best-known Broadway and West End shows include Crazy for You (five years on Broadway, Tony and Olivier Award Winner for Best Musical), Moon Over Buffalo, Leading Ladies, Twentieth Century, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Game’s Afoot, The Fox on the Fairway, Midsummer/Jersey, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island and The Beaux’ Stratagem. His plays have starred Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Mickey Rooney, Hal Holbrook, Dixie Carter, Tony Shalhoub, Anne Heche, Joan Collins and Kristin Bell. His book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare was published in June 2013 by Random House, and his work has been published by the Yale Review. He is a McCarter Theatre/Sallie B. Goodman Fellow and he has degrees from Harvard, where he studied music with Leonard Bernstein, Haverford College and Cambridge University. For more information, please visit www.kenludwig.com.

Marguerite Mullée (Love, Loss, Lunacy)
Marguerite Mullee Forum
Marguerite Mullée is a conductor, singer and lecturer in the Connecticut and New York area. She is Music Director at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Litchfield, Connecticut, and adjunct professor at Gateway Community College in New Haven. Her popular pre-opera lectures for the Metropolitan Opera HD broadcasts are featured regularly at the Warner Theatre in Torrington, Connecticut. A graduate of Columbia University, where she earned a doctorate in Conducting and Vocal Pedagogy, Dr. Mullée is also noted for her lively chant seminars, voice training workshops and masterclasses.
David Prosser (King Lear & A Midsummer Night's Dream)
David Prosser Forum
Before joining the staff of the Stratford Festival in 1994, David Prosser spent 14 years as a journalist with The Kingston Whig-Standard, winning five Nathan Cohen Awards for theatre criticism, three National Newspaper Awards for critical and editorial writing, and a 1986 Centre for Investigative Journalism Award for a series of stories on five Red Army defectors whom he interviewed in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan. He later turned those stories into a book, Out of Afghanistan. As Director of Communications, he is responsible for the Festival’s publications, including the Visitors Guide and house programs; he has also collaborated on the books Fifty Seasons at Stratford (2002), This Rough Magic (2007) and Stratford Behind the Scenes (2012). As an occasional actor, he performed with Theatre Five in Kingston, the Kingston Summer Festival and the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque. In 2000 he appeared with Brian Bedford, Richard Monette and William Hutt in a staged reading of The Trials of Oscar Wilde at the Tom Patterson Theatre, and in 2001 he created two one-hour scripts for that season’s Robertson Davies Celebration, performing in one and directing the other. In 2003, he directed a Studio Theatre reading of his own dramatic adaptation of Plato’s Symposium.

Vivian Rakoff (Pre-Season Insights [Toronto]; Upon a Wheel of Fire)
Vivian Rakoff Forum
Born in South Africa. Early education: Cape Town, South Africa. Studied medicine in London, England. Completed psychiatric training at McGill University. Was professor and chairman of the department of psychiatry and Director and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the Clarke Institute from 1980 to 1990. Has written many papers regarding general psychiatry, adolescence and children of Holocaust survivors. Outside psychiatry: numerous talks for radio and television, book reviews plays for radio and television and occasional – very occasional – poetry.

Len Rudner (Upon a Wheel of Fire)
Len Rudner Forum
Len Rudner is the Director of Community Relations and Outreach for the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. In this capacity, Len works to develop, strengthen and maintain positive and productive relationships with other communities that form an integral part of Canada’s diverse, multicultural society. In previous roles, Len has represented the position of the Jewish community on a variety of issues including antisemitism, discrimination in the workplace, reasonable accommodation and Holocaust denial. He has represented the Jewish community at international conferences focusing on hate speech and freedom of speech and has been qualified to give expert testimony in matters relating to hate and extremism. Len holds an Honours BA from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto. He is a recent recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community service.

2014 Playbill List King LearCrazy for YouA Midsummer Night's DreamThe Beaux' StratagemMan of La ManchaAlice Through the Looking-GlassHay FeverKing JohnMother Courage and Her ChildrenAntony and CleopatraChristina, The Girl KingA Midsummer Night's Dream - a chamber play2014 Season

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