Judith Shakespeare Companypresents Gender in Shakespeare
an All-Day WorkshopWhat's up with all the gender explorations in Shakespeare? From Mark Rylance's Olivia to the Julius Caesar set in a women's prison, Shakespeare's characters speak to us, as always, with a universality that goes beyond traditional gender roles. Come spend the day on Saturday, March 22nd, exploring the characters you love, breaking through traditional societal gender barriers, and searching for an expression of the other gender in a way that is heartfelt, truthful and avoids stereotype.
Much Ado About Nothing
On Friday, March 7 at 7:30pm,
NYC's acclaimed Judith Shakespeare Company comes to the Hudson Valley with a unique Concert Reading of Shakespeare's romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. The play is being presented by SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs in Kaplan Hall’s Great Room on the Newburgh campus.
A brief audience talkback with the actors and director will immediately follow the reading. More information
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Arts in Education
JSC returns again this year to the NYC public schools with a residency and an ongoing series of workshops.
IS-201, in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, has featured JSC Shakespeare workshops in their 7th-8th Grade English classes for over a decade, and this spring we'll be back. In a six-week residency, our skilled Teaching Artists will be guiding students to their own performances of scenes from A Midsummer Night's Dream!
And at the Academy of American Studies, in Long Island City, Queens, JSC continues a tradition that began when this magnet high school first opened its doors in 1997 - the school's annual Shakespeare Day! - when JSC Teaching Artists take the entire freshman class on a journey from watching a Shakespeare performance to creating their own group performance - all in under two hours! This is our 17th year of AAS Shakespeare Day (wow!), and every student who has ever been a freshman at this school has participated in our workshop, which introduces them to Shakespeare just as they're beginning to study one of the plays in their English curriculum - This year it will be Macbeth!
People Like Us!
Read Broadway Legend Merle Louise's powerful testimonial about the value JSC brings to the NY theatre scene
The wonderful thing about Judith Shakespeare Company is that it makes the plays not only enjoyable for the Shakespearean scholars in the audience but also accessible to the novices. Under the expert direction of Joanne Zipay it is a vibrant and dynamic company, where the seasoned actor as well as the beginner can learn, grow, and hone her craft. It is a company of great comradery and love and I am proud to be a member of it!
JSC has also just received a $2500 grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and a $1000 grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.
Opening Up Possibilities for Women through Cross-Gender Casting
JSC was been invited back to an Actor's Equity special event in honor of Women's History Month & SWAN Day. Conceived and produced by company member Gael Schaefer, our very own Joanne Zipay served as lead director of this event. Also directing were Rebecca Patterson, Artistic Director of The Queen's Company and Emily Davis, Artistic Director of Messenger Theatre Company. Scenes with cross-gender casting were presented, followed by a Q&A session.
March 19th 2013, 7pm
Actor's Equity Building
Artwork by David Huber
This beautiful fairytale ran July 17th-19th 2012 to sold out houses. Audiences loved it! Here's what they had to say:
"Outstanding show! Congratulations!!"
"Really wonderful performances last night! "I am so greatly impressed with the grasp of the language. Definitely something to see." "So much fun! I'll definitely check out more Judith Shakespeare productions."
"A great show, and an outstanding cast."
An absolute treat. Thank you JSC!"
More information: Cymbeline
Comedy Tomorrow, Tragedy Tonight!
Ran April 21-22, 2012 and has raised almost $17,000 for Judith Shakespeare Company's future productions!
In The News
Judith Shakespeare Company has been featured on Backstage.com
and in The Brooklyn Rail
JSC's long-awaited gender-reverse full production of Two Gentlemen of Verona
played its last performance
Sunday, August 22nd 2010
This show was a big hit with both audiences & critics alike.
For more information, click "Two Gents"