Study Abroad in London, England - Shakespeare's Globe

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Shakespeare's Globe Program: Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London

Like the city in which it is located, Richmond, The American International University in London, provides a diverse, multicultural environment. The university offers small classes in a wide variety of disciplines taught by faculty from leading British and American institutions in fully accredited BA, BS, MA and MBA programs. During the academic year, students come to Richmond from more than 60 different countries, although the summer school is predominantly American. Small classes and personal attention from the faculty, an extensive extracurricular program and a wide range of courses make Richmond an ideal summer study choice.

Richmond is an independent, co-educational, non-profit international liberal arts and professional studies university. The original Richmond College, founded in 1843, was a constituent institution of the University of London until the founding in 1970 of the present university which bears its name and occupies its site. The university is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. In addition to the U.S. degree granting authority, it has U.K. taught degree awarding powers granted by the U.K. Privy Council. It is the first university in the U.K. to have dual degree awarding powers.

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

The Globe was the brainchild of American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, who, in 1970, founded what was to become the Shakespeare’s Globe Trust to build a reconstruction of the open-air theater, originally built in 1599, where Shakespeare worked and for which he wrote many of his greatest plays. Just as they did 400 years ago, visitors to Shakespeare’s Globe watch the plays sitting in a gallery or standing as a groundling in the yard.

Today the Globe, located on Bankside by the River Thames, is an internationally renowned, thriving entertainment center, attracting hundreds of thousands of people annually to its theater, exhibition, restaurant, bar and meeting spaces. In addition to those attending the excellent performances for which the Globe is renowned, the facilities are a resource for students, teachers and academics from all over the world who take part in the educational programs the Globe offers to increase understanding of Shakespeare’s work. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, an indoor Jacobean theater. Opened in 2014, this is another exciting addition to the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare’s life and work.

Shakespeare's Globe Program

This three-week Shakespeare's Globe intensive theater program will give students a unique opportunity to study on-site at the Globe Theatre, learning from professional theater practitioners including actors, directors, designers and musicians. Lectures and seminars will be supplemented by movement and voice workshops, scene rehearsals, question and answer sessions with Company members, a visit to the Globe exhibition, a backstage tour and combat and sword play workshops. The program will focus on the material and cultural contexts for English Renaissance drama and theater and on the history and process of construction of both the original and the reconstructed Globe Theatres. Students will be required to develop critical responses to theatrical performances and to perform in a short Shakespeare scene in order to examine and fully appreciate the relationship between dramatic language, physicality and theater space. In previous years the program has been selected as a Fullbright Summer Institute.

Academic Overview & Policies

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences may lose all or partial credit. Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday. Students are not permitted to take final exams early.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Richmond, The American International University in London. Students will also receive a Certificate of Attendance from Shakespeare’s Globe Education. One official copy will be sent to the student’s home institution on completion of the program.

Course Description

THR 5700 (3)
All the World’s a Stage:
Audience, Architecture and Action at Shakespeare’s Globe

The course will focus on the material and cultural contexts of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and on the history and process of construction of both the original and the reconstructed Globe Theatres.

Practical classes will be enhanced by workshops with actors and directors participating in the Summer Season of plays at the Globe. The course will examine the historical and current value of Shakespeare’s plays through a practical examination of text and language, performance space, the materials of theater practice and the unique relationship between actors and audience at the Globe. By the end of the summer course, it is hoped that students will have attained a new appreciation of theatrical processes and have developed their own understanding of Shakespearean drama through performance.