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Classics in Context

Saturdays, 5 – 6 p.m.

Join the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Director of Education, Samantha K. Wyer, for this innovative approach to dialogue and method of exchange. A panel, of the city’s leading players in many disciplines, responds to the work onstage from their unique viewpoints. Reflect on the play from multiple perspectives and include your own in this roundtable conversation.

Join us in the 2013-2014 Season!

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Measure for Measure
October 12, 2013 - Lansburgh Theatre Lobby

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
December 14, 2013 - Forum in Sidney Harman Hall

The Importance of Being Earnest
February 15, 2014 - Lansburgh Theatre Lobby

Henry IV, part 1 and 2
May 10, 2014 - Forum in Sidney Harman Hall

Private Lives
June 28, 2014 - Lansburgh Theatre Lobby

Discussions are free and advanced registration is encouraged.

Panelists include:

John AravosisMitch Menchaca is the chief operating officer and head of member services for Chorus America, the national advocacy, research, and leadership development organization for choruses, choral leaders, and singers.  Prior to Chorus America, he served as the director of local arts advancement at Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading organization dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Mitch studied theater at Central Arizona College, earned a B.L.S. with concentrations in the arts and public administration at Arizona State University, and he completed a festival and event management certificate at the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. He is a 2009 fellow and current faculty coach for the Center for Progressive Leadership, a national political training institute that develops diverse leaders who can effectively advance progressive political and policy change.

Norman SandridgeNorman Sandridge is an Assistant Professor of Classics at Howard University.  He teaches courses on Greek Literature, Greek Comedy and Tragedy, and Leadership in the Ancient World.  He holds a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill and also holds Master’s Degrees in Greek and Latin as well as a B.S. in Physics and Mathematics.  In 2009-2010 he was a fellow at Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, DC.  His scholarly interests include the emotions and leadership in ancient Greece.  His forthcoming book, Loving Humanity, Learning, and Being Honored, is a study of the Xenophon’s Education of Cyrus in terms of the fundamental traits of leadership exhibited by Cyrus the Great, the first king of the Persian Empire.

Rebecca SheirRebecca Sheir hosts and produces Metro Connection on WAMU 88.5. She comes to the nation's capital by way of Alaska, where she traveled amongst the moose and mountains as the host of "AK," the award-winning weekly program on the Alaska Public Radio Network. Rebecca's radio stories have won numerous awards – including the Third Coast International Audio Festival Directors' Choice Award – and have aired on a number of venues and programs including All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, Marketplace, The Splendid Table, XM Radio, the BBC, Only a Game, Here & Now, Latino USA, Interfaith Voices, Voice of America, Chicago Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio and Iowa Public Radio. She has taught her original radio essay/commentary course, "Radio Voices," at the University of Iowa and University of Alaska Anchorage. Rebecca received her BA from Columbia University in New York City, where she also worked in Off-Broadway theater production: first with Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Inc., then with Naked Angels Theatre Company. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Iowa.

Eames ArmstrongEames Armstrong is an interdisciplinary artist and curator based in Washington, DC. She is the founder and director of Aether Art Projects, an organization dedicated to experimental forms of visual art and performance. She runs the DC Performance Art website to promote and document the growing scene. Armstrong was the chief curator for the fist Supernova Performance Art Festival in Rosslyn, VA, and is the performance art coordinator at Hillyer Art Space. Refinery29 named Armstrong one of the "30 under 30" in Washington, DC, and named "assistant principal of the D.C. art scene" by Kriston Capps of the Washington City Paper. A Bethesda, MD native, she received her BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with Tufts University and currently lives in DC and makes art at the 52 O Street Studios. photo c: Navja Sol.