November 21, 2019

Jami Michalik, 3rd year, French Major, Acadia University

Shakesperience was one of the best, if not the best, literary and theatre experiences of my life. Very few other courses or programs exist that have so much theatre packed into such a short amount of time, especially at a university level. Seeing six plays in four days, on top of all of the behind the scenes and supplementary programming we were able to participate in, was amazing. It also served as a fantastic starting point for immeasurably interesting and intelligent conversation. 

Over the course of the week we discussed anything and everything: from politics and world issues, to metatheatrical jokes in Shakespeare’s works, to which actors made the most interesting interpretive choices. Because of the emphasis Dr. Riddell put on curiosity-driven learning and listening to comprehend rather than listening to respond, the discussions were productive and respectful. We all learned from one another, refining ideas and opinions colla...

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