400 Years of Shakespeare

Theatre for a New Audience Celebrates 400 Years of Shakespeare

 Theatre for a New Audience invites you to a series of Humanities events commemorating of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Unless otherwise specified, all events held at Polonksy Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Friday March 18th & Saturday March 19th

Theatre for a New Audience and CUNY Graduate Center present 400 Years Later: Shakespeare and “What He Hath Left Us”

To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the CUNY Graduate Center and Theatre for a New Audience present a two-day symposium on Shakespeare’s legacy on the stage and the page.

Ben Jonson’s dedicatory poem “To the memory of my beloved . . . William Shakespeare” poses an implicit question in its title, asking “What he hath left us.” Jonson answers his own question by writing that he left us work that would last “not of an age, but for all time!”

We will explore questions and answers about this enduring legacy in two separate sessions featuring members of the Theatre’s Council of Scholars: Richard McCoy (author of Faith in Shakespeare),  Gail Kern Paster (Director Emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library, past president of SAA, and current editor of Shakespeare Quarterly), Tanya Pollard (author of Drugs and Theater in Early Modern England), and Ayanna Thompson (author of Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centred Approach). Panels will also feature Jeffrey Horowitz (Founding Artistic Director of Theatre for a New Audience) and Mario Di Gangi (current President of the Shakespeare Association of America).

Free symposium. For more information and to reserve seats to individual talks, visit www.tfana.org/Symposium. Some talks held at CUNY Graduate Center.


Saturday March 19th, 2016, 5pm

TFANA Talk: Pericles, featuring members of the cast

Following the afternoon matinee of Pericles, Gail Kern Paster, Director Emeritus of the Folger Shakespeare Library, will lead an onstage conversation cast members Christian Camargo, Gia Crovatin, Lilly Englert, and Raphael Nash Thompson.

Free event. No registration required.


Monday March 28th 2016, 7pm

Presenting Shakespeare: Posters from Around the World

Join us for an onstage conversation on the art of designing posters for Shakespeare. This event celebrates the new book Presenting Shakespeare: 1,100 Posters from Around the World, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

The book’s authors, Mirko Ilic and Steven Heller, will lead a conversation with legendary graphic designers Milton Glaser (Theatre for a New Audience) and Paul Davis (The Public Theater), and acclaimed director Julie Taymor (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), who will show examples of their iconic work. The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A and a book signing. Books will be on sale at the event, and TFANA Subscribers receive 10% off all books with their Subscriber Card.

Free event. To register please CLICK HERE

June 13, 10am-3pm

Theatre for a New Audience and the New-York Historical Society present Scenes, Sonnets and Soliloquies: A Celebration of the First Folio

In celebration of the New-York Historical Society’s exhibition of a rare original First Folio, Shakespeare lovers of all ages will gather for a day of workshops and performances, led by Theatre for a New Audience teachers and artists.

Shakespeare’s First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after his death, and was the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays. From June 7 – July 17, an original edition of the First Folio will be on view at the New-York Historical Society, the only venue in New York State, courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Free event at New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024.

To participate and save your spot on the program, contact Sharon Dunn at sharon.dunn@nyhistory.org or 212-485-9292.