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Shakespeare Salon

Behind the scenes. Inside the art.

Spend Friday afternoons going behind the scenes and inside the text of Shakespeare Theatre Company productions.

Shakespeare Theatre 101: Dunsinane

This class is for theatre novices and experts. It’s a chance to learn about this contemporary sequel to Shakespeare’s Macbeth and how STC works with international companies to bring their artistic excellence to our space and audiences.

This three-week seminar for adults will delve into Macbeth, the Shakespearian source material, the themes and structure of David Greig’s play and how STC collaborates with visiting companies. The Salon will be led by STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager, with special guests and glimpses behind the scenes.

Tuition: $200
Friday, February 13 - 27
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The Forum at Sidney Harman Hall

To secure your space call 202-547-5688 or


Each week-week seminar for adults will uncover the methods and ideas behind producing Shakespeare, centering on a production in the STC season. Additional Salons for the 2014-2015 Season will be scheduled soon.

Hannah Hessel Ratner is the Audience Enrichment Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. At STC, she runs the Creative Conversations discussion series which includes a range of discussion formats bringing together scholars, artists and audiences in conversation about the plays. She writes regularly for the Asides magazine and blog, as well as edits the annual Guide to the Season Plays e-book. She programs and moderates the AsidesLIVE symposiums and the Prosecast, STC’s regular podcast series. She also oversees the free monthly performance series Happenings at the Harman, which presents music, dance and theatre over a happy hour drink. She has been an ensemble member at Forum Theatre for nearly a decade where she has served as production dramaturg for a wide variety of plays, old and new. In 2011, she founded the Project Gym, a center for creative development. She has served on selection panels for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Source Festival and The Playwrights Center. 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, Outreach and Education Associate at Theater J. She is a vice president on the board of the Association for Jewish Theater. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she holds an MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University.