|To enhance audience experience, the Theatre offers TFANA Talks in conjunction with all productions. These free, one-hour post-performance discussions are led by Theatre for a New Audience Council of Scholars members, artists and/or journalists following selected Saturday matinees. Panelists have included Ellen Chances (professor of Russian literature at Princeton University), David Scott Kastan (Shakespeare scholar at Yale University), playwright Tony Kushner, and scholar/author James Shapiro, among others.
Our 2013 TFANA Talks include:
Much Ado About Nothing
Saturday, February 23rd, following the 2pm performance
Talkback with Much Ado About Nothing company members Maggie Siff, Jonathan Cake and director Arin Arbus, moderated by the Theatre’s Council of Scholars member Richard McCoy
Saturday, March 9th, following the 2pm performance
Talkback with Much Ado dramaturg Jonathan Kalb, preeminent psychiatrist Robert Michels, M.D. and the Theatre’s Council of Scholars member Tanya Pollard
Saturday, April 6th, following the 2pm performance
Talkback with Kafka’s Monkey adapter Colin Teevan, Columbia Germanic studies professor Mark Anderson and the Theatre’s Council of Scholars Chair James Shapiro
Saturday, April 27th, following the 2pm performance
About the Panelists
JONATHAN KALB is Literary Advisor and Resident Artist at Theatre for a New Audience, and he teaches at Hunter College, where he was Chair of the Theatre Department for six years. He has written about theatre for more than 25 years as a journalist and scholar. His theatre writing has appeared in The New York Times, Village Voice, New York Press, and many other publications, and he has published books on Samuel Beckett and Heiner Müller as well as two collections of theatre criticism. His new book, Great Lengths: Seven Works of Marathon Theater, has just been published by University of Michigan Press.
RICHARD MCCOY is Professor of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author of four books – Sir Philip Sidney: Rebellion in Arcadia (Rutgers, 1979), The Rites of Knighthood: The Literature and Politics of Elizabethan Chivalry (California, 1989), Alterations of State: Sacred Kingship in the English Reformation (Columbia, 2002), and the forthcoming Faith In Shakespeare (Oxford, April 2013) – as well as many articles on Shakespeare’s plays. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council for Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and The Huntington Library. He has also served as a speaker and consultant for Shakespeare performances for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Canada’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Target Margin, The Public Theater, and The Shakespeare Society as well as Theatre for a New Audience.
ROBERT MICHELS, M.D. is Walsh McDermott University Professor of Medicine, Cornell University, and University Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, is a nationally prominent psychiatrist. He served as the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Cornell University Medical College and Provost for Medical Affairs of Cornell University from 1991 to 1996. He served as the Barklie McKee Henry Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College, and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of The New York Hospital, Payne Whitney Clinic and Westchester Division from 1974 to 1991. He is a past President of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, past President of the American Association of Chairmen of Departments of Psychiatry, and a former member of the Board on Mental Health and Behavioral Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine. Dr. Michels is a training analyst at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He served for many years on the Board on Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He has been a Fellow of The Hastings Center since 1970, where he was Secretary from 1972-1977 and is a member of the Board of Directors. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the Northwestern University Medical School, Dr. Michels trained in Psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute and in Psychoanalysis at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. He is the author of more than 300 scientific articles. Dr. Michels is Deputy Editor of The American Journal of Psychiatry, is former Joint Editor-in-Chief of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, and is or has been a member of several editorial boards, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Psychiatry, Psychoanalytic Quarterly, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, and The Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research.
TANYA POLLARD is Professor of English at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. Her publications include Shakespeare’s Theater: A Sourcebook (Blackwell, 2004), Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England (Oxford, 2005), and a co-edited volume, Shakespearean Sensations: Experiencing Literature in Early Modern England (Cambridge, forthcoming 2013), as well as numerous essays on early modern theater in journals and edited volumes. A former Rhodes scholar, she served on a national advisory counsel to the U. S. Secretary of Education from 1994-2000, has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation, and was interviewed by Ethan Hawke in a BBC/PBS documentary on Macbeth. She is currently writing a book about the reception of Greek plays in sixteenth-century Europe, and their impact on the development of popular dramatic genres in early modern England.
JAMES SHAPIRO is the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His most recent book is Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010). He is also author of A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 (2005), which won the Samuel Johnson Prize (for best non-fiction published in the UK) as well as the Theatre Book Prize; Rival Playwrights: Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare (1991), Shakespeare and the Jews (1996), and Oberammergau: The Troubling Story of the World’s Most Famous Passion Play (2000). He has been awarded fellowships by the Guggenheim Foundation, the New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Henry E. Huntington Library, and the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. He was recently inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
“Shakespeare doesn’t belong to the past. If his material is valid, it is valid now. It’s like coal. The only meaningfulness of a piece of coal starts and finishes with its combustion, giving us light and heat. And that to me is Shakespeare.”
“If there’s any company in New York that Elliot Goldenthal and I identify with, it’s Theatre for a New Audience. It’s really family to us. It’s an enabler. It’s not oriented toward the money. It’s aimed toward the work, and that’s refreshing.”