Shakespeare Workshop


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About the Center

Shakespeare Workshop is a collaboration of faculty, students, and artists at UC Santa Cruz who are devoted to the study of Shakespeare’s works and to the mission of public higher education. The Workshop builds on a tradition that began in 1981, when Audrey Stanley founded Shakespeare Santa Cruz, and it extends an open invitation to members of the public to discuss topics of fundamental human concern, using Shakespeare’s works as a common vocabulary. Recent programs have focused on a translation of the Sonnets into American Sign Language, prison-based productions of Shakespeare’s plays, and Shakespeare’s interest in the experience of veterans and the challenges they face when coming home from war. The Workshop is also a sponsor of Weekend with Shakespeare, a summertime partnership with Santa Cruz Shakespeare, an independent theater company in Santa Cruz, California.

Director of Shakespeare Workshop

Sean Keilen, Literature


December 9, 2019: Sean Keilen “Reading Hamlet Now”

August 17-18, 2019: Weekend with Shakespeare

March 16, 2019: Shakespeare Educator’s Day

January 31, 2019: What Refugees Taught Me About Shakespeare

August 11-12, 2018: Weekend with Shakespeare

August 3, 2018: Shakespeare Educators Day

August 18-20, 2017: Weekend with Shakespeare

March 7-12, 2017: Masked Acts Three Classic Plays of Gender Fluidity

March 3, 2017: Improvised Shakespeare

March 5, 2017: Acting Improvisation Workshop

February 1, 2017: Shakespeare and the Common Good: The Value of a Literary Education

August 12-14, 2016: Weekend with Shakespeare and Educators Workshop

April 23, 2016: Remembering Shakespeare, 1564-1616: Readings from the Works and about the Man

January 29, 2016: Shaul Bassi: “Shylock vs. Sarra Copia Sullam: Reframing the Venice Ghetto, 1516-2016”

August 14-15, 2015: Weekend with Shakespeare

June 2, 2015: Coming Home from War: The Arts and Humanities in the Public Sphere

June 1, 2015: Cry “Havoc”!, with Stephan Wolfert

April 24-25, 2015: Shakespeare and Classical Literature: A Research Conference, Harvard University

March 14, 2015: Shakespeare and Music

July 25-26, 2014: Weekend with Shakespeare

May 23-24, 2014: Working w/ Shakespeare: The Winter’s Tale

April 9-10, 2014: Caesar Must Die: Shakespeare and Criminal Justice

February 26-27, 2014: Shakespeare + ASL, with Monique Holt and Tim Chamberlain