November 21, 2019

Asha-Maria Bost, Neuroscience student, Bishop’s University

I am not an actor. But for the first time in many years I feel like I could try acting again and embrace the vulnerability of performing. When I registered for Shakesperience, I didn’t know what to expect. I did not know anyone going on the trip and I was unsure if I would be able to feel connected to the group of participants. I shouldn’t have been worried though. I don’t think I have ever felt closer to a group of people than during the seven short days I spent with the Shakesperience crew. We attended different universities and are in different programs, but we are all lovers of theatre and the arts. We bonded over our desire to understand and celebrate the relevancy of Shakespeare and classical theatre in our time and our enjoyment in seeing classic stories on stage. Some of my favourite moments were dancing the final Guys and Dolls dance sequence at impromptu times during the week, for example dancing in the wings of the fe...

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...

November 21, 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!

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