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Ralph Alan Cohen

Ralph Alan Cohen is co-founder and Director of Mission at the American Shakespeare Center and Gonder Professor of English at Mary Baldwin College.

Explore Shakespeare's As You Like It alongside keynote speaker Ralph Alan Cohen of the American Shakespeare Center.

Shakespeare enthusiasts, teachers, writers, speakers, students, literary critics and the general public are invited to attend what will be an exciting and intriguing exploration of one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies.   

Nov. 11-12, 2016 | University of Dallas 

Conference Program:

Friday, November 11, 2016

Campus Location: varies by event. 

Class for student contestants on "As You Like It," 1-1:50 p.m., Braniff 302 

Taught by Associate Professor and Chair of English, Greg Roper, Ph.D. 

Location: Braniff 302

High School Monologue Competition, 2-3:30 p.m., Gorman Faculty Lounge

 

Keynote Address: Ralph Alan Cohen, 4-5:30 p.m., Art History Auditorium

Introductions:

  • Thomas W. Keefe, University of Dallas President
  • Scott Crider, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Constantin College 

Keynote: "Shakespeare's Language - As You Like It" with Ralph Alan Cohen

About Ralph Alan Cohen:

Ralph Alan Cohen is Co-Founder and Director of Mission at the American Shakespeare Center and Gonder Professor of Shakespeare and Performance and founder of the Master of Letters and Fine Arts program at Mary Baldwin College where he is also Gonder Professor of English. Among his many initiatives, Cohen also authored ShakesFear and How to Cure It: A Handbook for Teaching Shakespeare.

Ralph Alan Cohen was project director for the building of the Blackfriars Playhouse and he has directed 30 productions of plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries, including America’s first professional production of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle.

He also directed the first revival of Thomas Middleton’s Your Five Gallants and co-edited the play for Oxford University Press’s Collected Works of Thomas Middleton.

He twice edited special teaching issues of the Shakespeare Quarterly and has published articles on teaching Shakespeare as well as on Shakespeare, Jonson, and Elizabethan staging. He founded the Studies Abroad program at James Madison University, where he won Virginia’s award for outstanding faculty. He has frequently directed summer institutes on Shakespeare and staging sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 2001, he established the Blackfriars Conference, a bi-annual week-long celebration of early modern drama in performance. In 2008, he won the Commonwealth Governor’s Arts Award. In 2009, he was the Theo Crosby Fellow at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. In 2013, he was awarded the Folger Shakespeare Library's prestigious Shakespeare Steward Award.

He earned his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and his doctorate at Duke University.

Monologue contest winners announced, 7 p.m., Braniff Foyer

Monologue contest winners will be announced prior to the dramatized reading with Stefan Novinski by Jennifer Pelletier, Superintendant of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. 

Dramatized reading with Stefan Novinski, Raphael Parry, Jeremy Schwartz & David Goodwin, 7-9 p.m., Braniff Foyer

 

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Campus Location: Art History Auditorium

Panel Discussion: The Play as Read, 9 - 10 a.m. 

Moderator: Eileen Gregory, Professor of English, University of Dallas 

Panelists:

  • Clint Brand, Associate Professor English, University of St. Thomas, Houston: "For Want of Education, or Feed Yourselves with Questioning: Teaching and Learning in As You Like It"
  • Rafael Major, Senior Lecturer, University of North Texas: "Rosalind is the Play: Or As You Like It"

Panel Discussion: The Play as Performed, 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. 

Moderator: Stefan Novinski, Associate Professor of Drama, University of Dallas

Roundtable:

  • Rene Moreno, Shakespeare Dallas Artistic Associate
  • Thomas J. Walsh, Professor of Theater at Texas Christian University, Artistic Director of the Trinity Shakespeare Festival
  • Jenny Ledel, Company Member of Kitchen Dog Theater and Second Thought Theater, Associate Artist, Shakespeare in the Bar

Panel Discussion: The Play as Taught, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Moderator: Carmen Newstreet, Assistant Professor of Education, University of Dallas 

Panelists:

  • Brett Langsather, Irving High School: “Worth Doing Badly”
  • Monica Cochran, Ursuline Academy: “Should High School Students Read Shakespeare without Modern Crutches?”
  • Don Carlson, Trinity Valley School, Co-Director with Anna Carlson of Much Ado about Shakespeare!: “The Soul of Lively Action”

President's Reception, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Join us for refreshments in the Loggia of the Art History Auditorium. 

As You Like It!

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