Behind the scenes. Inside the art.
Shakespeare Theatre 101: As You Like It
Fridays, October 17 – November 21
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Whether you are a theatre novice or a seasoned audience member, the Shakespeare Salon is your chance to learn the nuts and bolts behind an STC production. Over six weeks, delve into the text of As You Like It, Shakespeare’s charming comedy of identity, poetry and true love. Along the way, discover how artists bring a play to the stage at Shakespeare Theatre Company, from first read to final dress rehearsal.
The Salon will be led by STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager.
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F Street NW
Each six-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.