Study Abroad in London, England - Shakespeare's Globe Theater

Shakespeare's Globe Education Theater 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 and MA programs. During the academic year, students come to Richmond from more than 100 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. It was the first university in the U.K. or the U.S. to be fully accredited by the higher education authorities of both countries. Its degrees are licensed by the Department of Education in the state of Delaware and are also designated by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of Her Majesty’s Government in the U.K.

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.

Globe Education Theater Program

This three-week Globe Education 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 will be required to perform in a short Shakespeare scene in order to examine and fully appreciate the relationship between dramatic language, physicality and theater space.

Fulbright Summer Institute

Each year the U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes which give U.S. undergraduates the opportunity to attend an academic program at a highly regarded U.K. university. The AIFS Globe Education Theater program is honored to have been selected as a Fulbright Summer Institute for 2017.

College freshmen and sophomores can apply for a Fulbright award to attend this program. The award will cover the cost of airfare, tuition and fees, housing, and meals. Learn more about the Fulbright Award and the application process. (Link to http://www.fulbright.org.uk/fulbright-awards/exchanges-to-the-uk/undergraduates/aifs-summer-institute-with-globe-education )

Students applying for the Fulbright award submit their application materials directly to the Fulbright Commission. The deadline is to be determined.

Please note that Fulbright award recipients will be notified in May. In order to ensure your ability to attend the Shakespeare's Globe program in the case that you are not a Fulbright award recipient, we recommend that Fulbright applicants also submit a program application through AIFS. Billing will be adjusted for award recipients.

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 Friday. Students are not permitted to take final exams early.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter 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.

Course Description

THR 319 (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.

If you are studying on a customized, faculty-led program through your home institution, please see the AIFS Partnerships website for details.