Shakespeare Salon

Behind the scenes. Inside the art.

Fill your afternoons with conversation at the Shakespeare Salon. This adult education series provides theatre novices and experts alike an in-depth perspective on STC shows.

Each session is filled with in-depth look at the language, themes and context of the plays and a chance to build a deeper understand of the production. Taught by Audience Enrichment Manager Hannah Hessel Ratner, each session also features special guests from production artists to STC staff members.

See sample syllabi from past Shakespeare Salons.

*Hannah Hessel Ratner is the Audience Enrichment Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. At STC, she runs the Creative Conversations series, the Teen Critic program, The Directors’ Studio and the free performance series Happenings Happy Hour. She oversees AsidesLIVE symposiums, 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.