Shakespeare Salon

Behind the scenes. Inside the art.

Shakespeare Salon provides theatre novices and experts alike an in-depth perspective on STC shows. Spend Friday afternoons going behind the scenes and inside the text of Shakespeare Theatre Company productions with STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager.*

*Hannah Hessel Ratner is the Audience Enrichment Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. At STC, she runs the Creative Conversations series, as well as the Teen Critic, The Directors’ Studio and the free performance series Happenings Happy Hour. She oversees AsidesLIVE symposiums, as well as edits the annual Guide to the Season Plays e-book and co-moderates the Prosecast podcast. She is a Producing Playwright for The Welders, a playwright’s collective. She has served as a production dramaturg at the Source Festival, Olney Theatre Center and Forum Theatre where she has been an ensemble member for over a decadeFrom 2011 – 2014 she ran the Project Gym, a center for creative development. She has taught workshops on theatre, text and performance for ages ranging from elementary to adult. For five years she served as the Literary Director at Theater J, where she worked with playwrights including Wendy Wasserstein, Richard Greenberg and Joyce Carol Oates. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she holds an MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University.