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2022 SHAKESPEAREAN THEATRE CONFERENCE

SHAKESPEARE IN A CHANGING WORLD

Thursday, June 16 to Saturday, June 18

The 4th Shakespearean Theatre Conference will ask how the study and performance of Shakespearean drama might respond to the rapid changes of the last few years, while also investigating the relationship of this drama to the similarly rapid changes of Shakespeare’s time. The conference will bring together scholars and practitioners to talk about how performance influences scholarship and vice versa. Sessions will be held at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford campus, with plays and special events hosted by the Stratford Festival.

Plenary Speakers

  • Antoni Cimolino (Stratford Festival)
  • Brian Cummings (University of York)
  • Alexa Alice Joubin (George Washington University)


Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. - Opening Reception and Book Launch

Join us in celebrating the publication of Shakespeare On Stage and Off, a book of essays based on the “Shakespeare 401” conference sponsored by the Festival and the University of Waterloo in 2017.  Featuring Antoni Cimolino’s account of his 2015 production of Hamlet, the collection looks at contemporary Canadian, British, and American stagings of the plays, considers Shakespeare’s presence on television and in the global cinema, and explores new ways of interacting with Shakespeare in the digital age.  Several of the contributors will be present to preview their essays.


Find more details at the conference website. 

Conference registration includes admission to all conference sessions, coffee breaks, and lunches, as well as to the opening reception on Wednesday, June 15. Fees are as follows:

Before June 1: 
$150   Regular 
$75  Graduate Students and Ph.D.s without full-time employment 
Free University of Waterloo students*

After June 1:
$225 Regular 
$150   Graduate Students and Ph.D.s without full-time employment 
Free    University of Waterloo students*

*University of Waterloo students may attend this event for free, but should contact Ken Graham or Alysia Kolentsis to indicate their intention.


To register for the conference, please see below. Please note that the Reception and Banquet must be booked separately.

Within a week after registering you will receive an email with details on how to book performance tickets at the conference discount rate.  Please note that this will be a separate email from the one sent to you with your conference tickets.


Conference
Reception (Optional - Free)
Banquet (Optional)

Participants will have the opportunity to attend performances of Hamlet, Richard III and All’s Well That Ends Well.  

The opening reception on June 15th at 7:30 p.m. will include a book launch celebrating the publication of Shakespeare On Stage and Off, a book of essays based on the “Shakespeare 401” conference sponsored by the Festival and the University of Waterloo in 2017.


Reception: Wednesday, June 15th at 7:30 p.m. in Lazaridis Hall at the Tom Patterson Theatre (111 Lakeside Drive). Free


Banquet: Friday, June 17th at 6 p.m. in Lazaridis Hall at the Tom Patterson Theatre. $40