Study Abroad in London, England - Shakespeare's Globe: History and Performance

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Shakespeare's Globe Program: Academics

Shakespeare’s Globe

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.

The Globe Theater Program

This three-week Globe program will give students a wonderful 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, clothing and music demonstrations and combat workshops. The program will focus on the material and cultural contexts for early modern 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.

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 Fairfield University. Students will also receive a Certificate of Attendance from Shakespeare’s Globe. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

Fairfield University

Academic credit for the Globe program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Course Description

ENGL/THTR 325 (3)
Shakespeare’s Globe: History and Performance*
This 3-week intensive course will explore the material and cultural contexts for early modern drama and cover the history and construction of both the original and the reconstructed Globe Theatres. The syllabus will be informed by, and respond to, plays that have received performances in the Globe Theatre. The course seeks to demonstrate the historical and current value of Shakespeare’s plays through a practical engagement with text and language, space, the materials of theater practice, and the unique relationship between actors and audience at the Globe.

* course title subject to change by Shakespeare’s Globe


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