London has the new Globe Theatre, similar to the one where Shakespeare’s plays were performed for Elizabethan audiences. Staunton has Blackfriars Playhouse, modeled on another English theatre where Shakespeare’s plays were first presented. Patrick Spottiswoode, director of education for the Globe, will speak at Blackfriars about these remarkable replicas, which draw patrons, scholars, and press from all over. The free public talk will be Sunday, January 20, at 7 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Mary Baldwin University program offering both Master of Letters and Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance.
Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia and six regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.