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April 11, 2019

We would like to invite you to consider participating in a 2019 spring course, ENG225 Shakesperience, offered at Bishop’s University. Students (and students of life) have the opportunity to participate in an immersive learning experience that takes Shakespeare from the page to the stage.

In this innovative spring course — where we study together on the Bishop’s University campus and then travel to the Stratford Festival in Ontario — is an 8 day intensive learning experience where students become key collaborators and producers of meaning, not passive recipients of knowledge. The ideal participant in Shakesperience values curiosity, collaboration, and community.

In a perfect world all students would be able to access this kind of transformative experience regardless of income or other barriers. Therefore a BU alumnus, a believer in Bishop’s mission to foster the love of life-long learning, has created an award to cover the $1000 fee for one student to attend Shakesperience 2019.

If you are...

Katarina Margaret Baasner, double major in English and History and minor in Drama at Mount Allison University.

I loved being able to meet new people and develop friendships and connections and be able to be around others who have a similar passion for Shakespeare, theatre and literature. I also loved being able to learn from three amazing professors who definitely inspire me with their love of Shakespeare and learning. I love seeing all of the different shows, as attending theatre productions is one of my favourite things to do. I felt like I was right in my element during that week and that this is something that I was meant to do.

Yes, it did (change my views about Shakespeare). I realized even more that this really is something that I love and I feel like that I am meant to teach Shakespeare to my future students someday. This experience really just further reinforced my passion for Shakespeare and made me realize how important it is to educate others about Shakespeare and t...

March 13, 2019

Aunika Braun, double major in English Literature and Political Studies at Bishop's University

The most valuable part for me about Shakespearience was the way it brought our group together and stimulated academic growth and comradery within a diverse and dedicated learning collective. Everyone on the trip had their own goals for learning, and differing ways they wanted to benefit from the experience (and we all reached our goals and more during our week in Stratford!). Throughout the trip, it was amazing to see everyone discover their strengths, learn new skills, and find greater scholastic confidence through the various teaching methods we were exposed to. This trip was not only an amazing academic experience, but truly a life-changing week for everyone involved; whether or not you’re interested in Shakespeare - or have any university English experience - you will undoubtedly gain something of value from this course.

This course absolutely changed the way I view many of Shakespeare’s pla...

February 27, 2019

Maisie Beavers 

I would encourage anyone considering going on the trip to do it, they won't regret it. Don't be nervous if you don't have the most extensive information on Shakespeare or any of his works, I went into the trip with little to no Shakespearean knowledge, and was able to follow along and understand the lectures easily. The classes are taught in a way that allows both Shakespeare fans and newcomers to understand the material we review, and further our knowledge not only on Shakespeare, but on writing styles in general. The skills you develop in this course can be applied to any kind of literary analysis, and will be particularly helpful if you're thinking of pursuing a degree in English. The cherry on top is that you'll genuinely have fun doing this course, as the class plans are often engaging activities that allow you to connect with your fellow classmates and move at your own pace!

February 5, 2019


Dreams don’t come easy in the hardscrabble mining town, riven by a bitter national strike, where eleven-year-old Billy lives with his bereaved family. But Billy’s discovery of his talent for dance awakens in him a passion that will transform his life and win the hearts of his whole community. 

With its inspirational story, breathtaking dance numbers and music by pop legend Elton John, this award-winning show – based on the smash-hit movie – will appeal to all.

Book and Lyrics by Lee Hall
Music by Elton John
Originally Directed by Stephen Daldry
Director and Choreographer Donna Feore

January 28, 2019


In twelfth-century Jerusalem, a wealthy Jew whose daughter loves a Christian faces a dangerous question from the Muslim sultan: which is the one true faith? Nathan responds wisely and well – but subsequent surprising discoveries offer an even more persuasive answer to religious divides. 

As moving as it is gently humorous, this rarely seen masterpiece of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment celebrates the common humanity that unites us all.

by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
In a version by Edward Kemp
Director Birgit Schreyer Duarte

January 25, 2019


Undeterred by the differences in their backgrounds and life experiences, Othello and Desdemona defy prejudice to be united in marriage. But deadly malice lurks where the newlyweds least expect it, as the one man Othello trusts the most resolves to destroy their happiness at any cost.

Whispers of suspicion feed irrational jealousy in this gripping psychological drama, one of Shakespeare’s greatest and best-known tragedies.

by William Shakespeare
Director Nigel Shawn Williams

January 18, 2019


Upon the death of Edward VI, the princess Mary – daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon – easily wrests the throne from Edward’s official heir. But Mary remains haunted by her mother’s ghost, urging her toward the course that will earn her the nickname of Bloody Mary.

Following The Last Wife and The Virgin Trial, this fascinating exploration of women, power and the nature of leadership concludes Hennig’s brilliant Queenmaker Trilogy.

by Kate Hennig
Director Alan Dilworth
World première commissioned by the Stratford Festival

January 9, 2019


Pursuing two respectably married women at the same time, a would-be seducer fails to anticipate that his targets will, quite literally, compare notes. Nor has he reckoned on the mischievous spirit in which the wives will use their wits and wiles to teach him the error of his ways. 

Set in the 1950s, in a town not unlike Stratford, Ontario, this production brings Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy close to home – and close to our hearts.

by William Shakespeare
Director Antoni Cimolino 

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