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Visiting Scholar to Address Race in Performance Casting: 2/15

Posted on January 31, 2018 | Filed under Archive

Details — Visiting Scholar to Address Race in Performance Casting — February 15

Date: 2/15Time: 7:30 pm

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Ayanna Thompson, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and one of the world’s foremost authorities on issues of race in Shakespeare and the impact of nontraditional casting on audiences today, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 15, in Ford Chapel. A reception will follow in the Ford Chapel Oratory. The free event is open to the public. Thompson’s talk is titled “Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: What We Still Don’t Know.” She is president-elect of the Shakespeare Association of America. More biographical details follow.

AyannaThompson, George Washington University
Ayanna Thompson is professor of English at George Washington, specializing in Renaissance drama and issues of race in/as performance. She is the author of “Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centered Approach”; “Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America”; and “Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage.” She wrote the new introduction for the revised “Arden 3 Othello”, and is the editor of “Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race” and “Performance and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance.” Currently on the editorial boards of the Shakespeare Quarterly, Renaissance Drama, and Shakespeare Bulletin, she has served on the board of directors for the Association of Marshall Scholars.