Shakespeare at Notre Dame
The works of Shakespeare contain ideas and truths universal for all the people of the world. Each one of us can discover a piece of ourselves within his timeless masterpieces. Shakespeare at Notre Dame (S@ND) celebrates this common bond by exploring the power and imagination, the excitement and challenges of Shakespeare’s creations and his unrivaled impact on our culture.
By serving a local, national, and international audience of more than 35,000 annually, S@ND continues to build a reputation as an internationally visible—and the Midwest’s preeminent—venue for the study and performance of Shakespeare. Combining the resources of both nationally and internationally celebrated theatre companies with one of the world’s leading research universities has enhanced S@ND’s approach to engaging the wider commu¬nity with the words (and worlds) of William Shakespeare.
S@ND features programming as expansive and diverse as the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival, Actors From The London Stage, the Shakespeare in Prisons Network, visiting artists and lecturers, film screenings, international conferences, and innovative outreach programs that engage all facets of the community—with each program embodied in a vibrant academic context.
Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival
Since its founding in 2000, the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) has grown dramatically from a daring experiment to a celebrated campus tradition. Led by the Mary Irene Ryan Producing Artistic Director, NDSF is Notre Dame’s professional theatre in residence, creating world-class productions and educational opportunities that reach thousands each year.
Actors From The London Stage
S@ND is the American base for Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS), one of the oldest and most respected companies of its kind. Founded in 1975 at the University of California at Santa Barbara by Homer “Murph” Swander and actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company—including Sir Patrick Stewart—the company presents two nationwide tours per year, visiting up to 20 campuses from Massachusetts to Hawaii. Each weeklong residency sees the five-member ensemble performing one of Shakespeare’s most beloved works and engaging students through active, participatory in-class instruction.
Shakespeare in Prisons Network
The Shakespeare in Prisons Network (SPN) serves as a global forum for the prison and community arts practitioner community; promotes the production and study of the plays of William Shakespeare within prison and alternative settings; and advocates on a local, national, and international level on behalf of organizations engaged in arts programming for and by incarcerated and nontraditional populations.
Seeking to lift Shakespeare’s works off of the page and onto the stage, S@ND is also commit¬ted to the creation of a multi-faceted and inclusive approach to the study of Shakespeare and the theatre arts for the next generation of arts-appreciators—on campus, in the community, and around the world. S@ND creates opportunities for students from all walks of life to participate directly in productions, while providing priority access for populations at a cultural and/or financial disadvantage. S@ND uses Shakespeare and the theatre arts as a vehicle to promote literacy, artistic creation, diversity, and respect while also fostering mentorship opportunities for participants of all age levels.