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Grassroots Shakespeare

January's Research Conversation

William Wolfgang draws on new research revealing the shared attributes of grassroots Shakespeare festivals across the USA

Join us on Wednesday 13 January for our free online monthly Research Conversation. Taking place on Zoom on the second Wednesday of every month, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Research Conversations provide you with the opportunity to listen to people who are engaged in research, some of whom are working on the SBT’s own Collections.


Drawing on new research spanning fifty states, there are now known to be 365 performing organisations specialising in the work of Shakespeare in the U.S.A. Approximately one-third of these are amateur performance organisations, producing ‘grassroots Shakespeare.’  

This compelling project reveals shared attributes among these groups, including a collective sense of responsibility and a commitment to social inclusivity, and in some cases, social activism. This presentation, led by William Wolfgang, PhD Candidate at the University of Warwick, will contextualise the prevalence of the grassroots Shakespeare phenomenon and describe the impact on the participants and communities these organisations serve. 

Led by William Wolfgang, PhD Candidate at the University of Warwick  

The event begins with a thirty minute presentation and will be followed by an open discussion. 

Book online for your free place.

All of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Research Conversations are free, but we encourage donations in order to support our work and keep Shakespeare's story alive.


Listen back: If you were unable to attend our previous virtual Research Conversations, audio recordings are available on our website.

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