Shakespeare: Page, Stage, Engage

Venue: New York University

Location: New York, United States

Event Date/Time: Apr 24, 2007 End Date/Time: Apr 27, 2007
Registration Date: Apr 01, 2008
Early Registration Date: Feb 15, 2008
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 01, 2007
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NYU's Program in Educational Theatre has taken a lead in bringing Shakespeare and his plays to schools and community organizations throughout New York City with its Shakespeare Initiative. Our touring Shakespeare to Go company, coupled with the summer Looking for Shakespeare program and the Shakespeare Youth Ensemble, provide a myriad of opportunities for students to think about and engage with Shakespeare's vast canon of work.

Our pedagogical approach trains artists and teachers to think about Shakespeare's plays as living performances rather than simply as pieces of literature. This requires participants to engage with the text in a kinesthetic way, and they discover that what was once mysterious and foreign is now clear and familiar. The overarching goal of the Shakespeare Initiative is to provide people of all ages and abilities with the skills to experience Shakespeare's plays as written, rather than relying solely on adaptation or modernization of the text.

The 2008 Forum will bring artists, educators, and scholars together to discuss the implications of producing and teaching Shakespeare in the 21st century. Proposals should address one or more of the following questions:

Why is Shakespeare still part of our theatrical vocabulary?
How are we approaching Shakespeare's canon as artists and teachers in the 21st century?
To what extent does Shakespeare's canon fit into our ever-changing multicultural, globalized landscape?
Why is Shakespeare's work a fundamental component of English and Theatre curricula?
We are accepting proposals in one of three formats:

Paper Presentations: Participants should submit a title and a 200-word abstract. Selected papers will be curated into panels based on topic area. Presenters will have 10-15 minutes to present followed by a moderated discussion between fellow presenters and conference participants. Please include your technical requests in the proposal.

Workshops: Participants should submit a title and a 200-word description of the workshop. We define workshop as an interactive experience between the conference participants and the presenter(s), not a lecture-demonstration. Please include your technical requests in the proposal.

Scene Presentations: Theatre companies should submit a scene from one of Shakespeare's plays for presentation at the conference. Scenes should be no longer than 10 minutes in length. Participants should submit the play title along with the Act and scene that they intend to perform. In addition, participants must submit a 200-word point of view that describes the artistic approach to the scene. Selected scenes will be curated into scene presentation panels, where each scene will be performed, and then a moderated discussion will follow. The Forum will provide limited resources for these presentations (acting blocks, general lighting, etc.)
Deadline to submit proposals: December 1, 2007

Please submit proposals to Desiree Hamburger at
In the subject line of the e-mail, write Shakespeare followed by the primary presenter's last name.
Ex: Shakespeare: Your Last Name

You will receive a confirmation email when we receive your completed cover sheet and proposal. Notification of accepted proposals will be emailed on or before February 1, 2008.

Email proposals and this cover sheet to Desiree Hamburger at with Shakespeare and the primary presenter¡¦s last name in the subject line of the e-mail.
Ex: Shakespeare: Your Last Name
Note: If you do not follow protocol, your proposal will not be considered.

Proposals should clearly address one or more of the questions identified in the call for proposals listed on our website:

Please fill out the form below to help us better review your proposal:

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Ĉ Paper Presentation
Ĉ Workshop
Ĉ Scene Presentation

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Additional Information

Registration Form Shakespeare: Page, Stage, Engage April 24-27, 2008 Please complete and return this registration form along with payment by April 1, 2008 to the Office of Special Programs, Joseph and Violet Pless Hall, 82 Washington Square East, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003-6680. Please make a copy of this form for your records. 1. NAME: 2. EMAIL: (First) (M.I) (Last) 3. TITLE: 4. AFFFILIATION 5. PROFESSION:__________________________________________________________ 6. MAILING ADDRESS: (Street) (Apt. #) (City) (State) (Zip Code) 7. BILLING ADDRESS: (if different than above) (Street) (Apt. #) (City) (State) (Zip Code) 8. DAYTIME PHONE: ___________9. EVENING PHONE: 10. CELL PHONE: ______ Forum Fees: (Check the box that applies) ƒà Conference Participants $250 ƒà Students $50 ƒà Early Bird/NYU Alumni/Presenters $175 Please note: Early Bird Deadline is February 15th, 2008 11. CONFERENCE PAYMENT ENCLOSED: (you may pay with credit card or a personal check made out to New York University) Credit Card Payment ƒâ Visa ƒâ MasterCard ƒâ American Express Total Amount Authorized: $ ___________________________________________ Credit Card Number: ___________________________________________ Expiration Date: Month ________ Year________ Cardholder¡¦s Signature: Date ____________________