First Students Matriculate in New Shakespeare Graduate Program

August 29, 2001

There was much ado at Mary Baldwin University earlier this week as the nine students seeking graduate degrees in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance met for the first time. Classes begin September 3.

Orientation for the new Master of Letters (M.Litt) program, led by program director Dr. Frank Southerington, was held on Mary Baldwin University’s Staunton campus and in the almost-completed Blackfriars Playhouse of Shenandoah Shakespeare. Shenandoah Shakespeare, Mary Baldwin’s partner in offering the unique degree program, will open the world’s only reconstruction of Shakespeare’s indoor theatre in a few weeks.

The six women and two men in the inaugural class range in age from 18 to 70 and represent a broad range of background and experience.

As the newest Mary Baldwin University graduate program, M.Litt takes a 360