Ayanna Thompson: “Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: What We Still Don't Know”

Thursday, February 15 at 7:30pm

Ford Memorial Chapel

Ayanna Thompson, a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and one of the world's foremost authorities on issues of race in Shakespeare and the impact of nontraditional casting on audiences today, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, in Ford Chapel at Allegheny College.

A reception will follow in the Ford Chapel Oratory. The free event is open to the public. 

Thompson’s talk is titled “Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: What We Still Don't Know.” She is president-elect of the Shakespeare Association of America and a professor of English at George Washington University, specializing in Renaissance drama and issues of race in/as performance.

She is the author of “Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centered Approach,” “Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America” and “Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage.” She wrote the new introduction for the revised “Arden 3 Othello,” and is the editor of “Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race” and “Performance and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance.”

Event Type

Lecture, Diversity & Inclusion




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