23 April: Niagara Community College Renaissance Festival: 1616-2016, A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Legacy”

23 April: A Shakespeare Birthday Festival

22-24 September: Buffalo Humanities Festival: “Renaissance Remix”

Renaissance Festival: 1616-2016, A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Legacy

23 April 2016, Niagara Community College


Celebrate Shakespeare’s life by attending this gala event. Begin the evening by enjoying hors d’oeuvres prepared by NCCC Culinary students while listening to The Zoe Players perform Renaissance music. Next, NCCC students, directed by Kate LoConti, will perform Romeo and Juliet. After the performance, stick around for a lively talk back with the director and actors. Festival sponsored in part by Student Activities.

When: 4/23 (Zoe Players and refreshments at 6, play at 7, talkback follows play)
Where: F-Building Lobby and Main Stage
Who: Kate LoConti, Ian Stapley, Bradley Wingert, and Culinary faculty, and NCCC students

A Shakespeare Birthday Festival

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The Shakespeare Birthday Festival is the result of collaboration between Nardin Academy, Nichols School, the University at Buffalo, and the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Free and open to the public and to students of all ages, the birthday will include round-table discussions, interactive workshops, performances, and presentations.

Nichols School Presents

The Fourth Annual Student Shakespeare Conference- Grades 9-12

23 April 2016: Nichols School, 9am-3:00pm

Students in grades nine to twelve are encouraged to submit papers of about five to ten minute’s reading length. We are seeking a wide range of papers on any aspect of Shakespeare’s works. Papers that relate his works to his period or to the works of his contemporaries are also welcome.

Send papers to Dan Collins at dcollins@nicholsschool.org by February 1st!

Call For Papers

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Conference Program: Nichols Shakespeare Conference Program


“‘The Heavenly-Harnessed Team’: Shakespeare and Collaboration”

Sarah Enloe, Director of Education, American Shakespeare Center

Sarah Enloe holds a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in dramaturgy, a Master of Letters with an emphasis in teaching from Mary Baldwin College’s Shakespeare and Performance Program, and a B.F.A. in theatre studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Sarah taught theatre arts at the high school level in Texas for five years, and in 2003, she won recognition as teacher of the year and an NEH fellowship to study with Shakespeare & Co.

At the American Shakespeare Center, Sarah directs programming in the areas of College Prep, Research and Scholarship (including facilitating the ASC’s partnership with Mary Baldwin College’s Masters in Shakespeare and Performance Program), Personal Renaissance, and Educator Resources. She serves on the Advisory board of The Shakespeare Factory, the Editorial Board of the online journal This Rough Magic, and is on the executive board of the Shakespeare Theatre Association.  Sarah co-edited Shakespeare Expressed and contributed “Playing with Character – Audience Members in Early Modern Playhouses” to the collection. Sarah’s current work is focused on the practical application of performance techniques for the English classroom.

Nardin Academy Presents

Will Power- Grades K-12, College Students, Teachers and Community Members

23 April 2016: Nichols School, 8am-3pm


A day-long workshop for students, educators, future educators, and enthusiasts, “Will Power” will be free and open to the public. The goal of “Will Power,” and all of its related collaborative events and efforts, is to become as the Globe was in Shakespeare’s day, a gathering space for a wonderfully diverse and vibrant community to come together for the love of theatre, merriment, and communal spirit.

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Shakespeare 400 Video

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Registration Form

Contact: Emma Eddy at WillPower@nardin.org 



Dr. Emma Whipday, Teaching Fellow, King’s College, and the London Shakespeare Centre

Emma Whipday photoEmma joined King’s as a Teaching Fellow in September 2015, having studied and taught at the University of Oxford, UCL, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and Shakespeare’s Globe, where she is a Globe Education Lecturer at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Her research interests include domesticity on the early modern stage and page, early modern popular culture, representing domestic violence, theatrical practice as research, and early modern drama in contemporary performance.

In addition to her PhD thesis on ‘Shakespeare’s Domestic Tragedies: Disrupted Homes on the Early Modern Page, Stage and Street’ she developed an interest in theatrical practice as research as an approach to early modern drama, collaborating with academics at UCL and the University of Exeter to stage Samuel Daniel’s The Tragedie of Cleopatra (UCL, 2013; the National Trust at Knole, 2014) and ‘The Tragedy of Merry’ from Robert Yarrington’s Two Lamentable Tragedies (UCL, 2014). She has published on early modern popular culture, domestic tragedy, the RSC’s recent ‘Roaring Girls’ season, and staging Daniel’s Cleopatra.

For her, teaching Shakespeare in the city where Shakespeare lived and worked, and where his plays were written and performed, offers an invaluable opportunity to understand how Shakespeare engaged with London in his work, and to explore how London’s theatres made Shakespeare’s plays possible. London is a uniquely theatrical city: if you’re interested in early modern drama in contemporary performance, the sheer volume of productions in London, at the Globe, the National the Barbican, the Old Vic, the Young Vic, the White Bear, the Rose at Kingston, the Rose at Bankside, and elsewhere, is unrivalled.

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Andrew is an accomplished Fight Director & Intimacy Specialist based in Boston, MA. His  Boston credits include: Don Giovanni (Boston Lyric Opera), I Puritani (BLO), A Little Night Music (The Huntington Theatre), Don Giovanni and La Tragédie de Carmen (Boston University Opera Institute), The Convert (Central Square Theater), and An Octoroon (CompanyOne).

In NYC, Andrew’s work has been featured on stage at The Metropolitan Opera in their production of Armida staring Renee Fleming and Lawrence Brownlee, directed by Mary Zimmerman. Off-Broadway credits include New World Stages, 59E59, Theater for a New City, CAP 21, and Theatre54. His international work includes the 75th Anniversary Tour of Porgy and Bess, which toured North America and Europe. Andrew created the violence for the inaugural production of West Side Story at the Adger Teater Kilden in Kristiansand, Norway. His work was also featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in SAFE. From 2008 to 2014, Andrew was the Resident Fight Choreographer for Central City Opera. His work was featured in numerous productions including: West Side Story, Carmen, Dead Man Walking, Seven Deadly Sins, Gianni Schicci, Oklahoma!, Show Boat, and Rinaldo.

While at CCO, Andrew was the Stage Combat Instructor for the Bonfils-Stanton Artists Training Program. He has been a Guest Instructor/Lecturer at: NYU, CAP 21, The New England Conservatory, Boston University, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City University, Hofstra University, The School of Visual Arts, and Charleston Southern University.

A graduate of University of Buffalo, (BFA Musical Theater ’07) Andrew was a regular in the Buffalo theater scene. Some highlights include: Charlie’s Aunt, Servant of Two Masters, Engaged, The Cavalcaders (Irish Classical Theater Company); The Fully Monty (Artpark), Lucky Stiff (O’Connell & Co), and All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare in Delaware Park).

WP_20160423_15_19_50_Pro 1Festival organizers and presenters Dan Collins, Andy Moss, Laurie Tafoya, Amanda Eubanks Winkler, Carl Eddy, Emma Whipday, Emma Eddy, and Sarah Enloe


The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Presents 


Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration

23 April 2016: 1 Lafayette Square, 5pm-7pm

shakespeare-birthday-flyer-finalFeaturing guided tours of the Celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare: Reflecting on the Life of the Bard and Milestones of Science rare book exhibits

SM Aud shot 4 23 16Master of Ceremonies Anthony Chase: Proclamations, awards, and excerpts from spring high school performances and the day’s activities at the Ring of Knowledge

SB Peace of the City 4 23 16Peace of the City, “Shakespeare Comes to (716)” on Hamlet, “To be or not to be”

SB Bflo Sem 4 23 16Buffalo Seminary, from Julius Caesar

SB Todd  Elliot 4 23 16A special reading of the original play Shakespeare & Galileo by Rogue Repertory Theatre

SB cake! 4 23 16And a Shakespeare First Folio Birthday Cake!




Buffalo Humanities Festival:

“Renaissance Remix”

22-24 September 2016


Everyone seems to agree that Buffalo is enjoying a renaissance.  What is it about the concept of rebirth that gets people so excited?  Like the remix of a popular song, the Buffalo Humanities Festival takes the familiar idea of “renaissance” and gives it a new spin.  With three days of talks, performances, discussions, and food, this year’s Festival examines rebirth, renewal, and resurgence.  From the fifteenth-century Renaissance through the Harlem Renaissance to today, we’ll explore who benefits when ideas and economies are reborn.  Join us from September 22nd to 24th for our annual celebration of ideas – and enjoy your own intellectual renewal.

Featured Speaker: Dava Sobel, Author of Galileo’s Daughter

Friday, September 23, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Book signing/VIP event at 7pm, followed by a reading and on-stage discussion of Galileo’s Daughter at 8pm. Read more about Dava Sobel and her book here.


Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of Longitude (Walker 1995 and 2005, Penguin 1996), Galileo’s Daughter (Walker 1999 and 2011, Penguin 2000), The Planets (Viking 2005, Penguin 2006), and A More Perfect Heaven (Walker / Bloomsbury, 2011 and 2012). She has also co-authored six books, including Is Anyone Out There?, with astronomer Frank Drake.

galileoA long-time science contributor to Harvard Magazine, Audubon, Discover, Life, Omni, and The New Yorker, she continues to write for several on-line and print publications.

For more information on the Festival, see  http://buffalohumanities.org/https://i1.wp.com/timeandmemory.buffalo.edu/Layout/humanities.jpg