FYS 111 Shakespeare Stage and Screen

Shakespeare’s plays have been around for centuries, and people continue to find new, exciting ways to bring them to life. In this class we will explore Shakespeare’s plays by watching and analyzing stage and film productions. As we explore these performances, students will develop tools to read the plays creatively as theatre artists, and unearth their own interpretations of some of the English language’s greatest stories. Playing with both comedy and tragedy, we will discuss how directors, actors, and designers arrive at the choices they make in preparing a production for performance. Students will develop their own creative approaches to the plays, culminating in a fully developed concept for a hypothetical production.