The Movers and (Spear)Shakers 


The WSP is grateful for the technological support and dedicated commitment of Emory's Center for Interactive Teaching (ECIT). Under ECIT's Director, Wayne Morse, and the Director of Academic Technologies, Alan Cattier, the WSP has benefitted from technology advice from the specialists Steve Bransford, Chris Fearrington, Shannon O'Daniel, Brenda Rockswold, and José Rodriguez. ECIT's efforts have made this endeavor possible. As Wade Moricle announced in the February 2012 'IT Newsletter' Cover Story, 'Global Shakespeare Transforms the Academic Mission Through Technology', the fruitful collaborative dialogue between ECIT and the WSP "speaks not only to the success of the venture, but offers a model for a new relationship between faculty and the instructional technologist."


The WSP is also generously supported by the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University, Atlanta, under the directorship of Holli Semetko.

In the UK, the WSP benefits from partnership with the Rose Theatre Kingston. The theater's Artistic Director, Stephen Unwin, and its Director Emeritus, Sir Peter Hall, lead a remarkable dramatic team. The Rose Theatre's productions of Shakespeare and Early Modern drama regularly attract the greatest names in British acting talent, and international acclaim. The Rose's 'Time to Talk' series also offers intimate onstage discussions between Unwin and famous stage and screen actors. Dame Judi Dench, Timothy West, Gillian Anderson, Zoe Wanamaker, and Michael Sheen are just some who've shared their theatrical expertise and knowledge with delighted Rose audiences. Designed as a state-of-the-art twenty-first century theatre in the style of the 16th century Rose Playhouse, the Rose Theatre Kingston is a welcoming and creative UK home for the WSP. 

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Cankdeska Cikana Community College, named for the Dakota name of Paul Yankton Sr., a Purple Heart recipient, is a Dakota tribal college located in North Dakota. The college serves to "provide post-secondary education in a Dakota cultural setting that [is] familiar" while keeping the "supportive network of the family." CCCC offers both short-term certificate programs and vocational schooling, as well as a range of programs in the liberal arts. CCCC promotes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College's website can be found below:

The Educational Shakespeare Company

The Educational Shakespeare Company in Belfast works to "involve marginalised people in the arts." The company works with prisoners, at-risk and homeless youths, mental health patients, trauma survivors, and more. In 2007, The Educational Shakespeare Company produced Mickey B, an adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbethset in a Maximum Security Prison, and written and performed by prisoners.

The trailer for Mickey B can be seen below:

The Educational Shakespeare Company can be found here:

Shakespeare Central
Current access to Shakespearean resources online is convoluted and spread out. Shakespeare Central aims to combat this by creating a centralized and unified “one-stop hub” for all things Shakespeare. Their goal is to create an online archive with a variety of digital Shakespeare media from movies and videos to books and articles. These resources could easily be combined into custom syllabi, and tailored to the need of the student or teacher. Shakespeare Central promotes a world in which class, geography, and religion are not borders to Shakespeare. The project is by Peabody Award Winning Documentarian Steve Rowland, MBA.

They can be found here:

Nistarini Women's College

Nistarini Women's College in Purulia is working hard to provide an education to thousands of women. The college is located in what was the summer home of Deshbandhu Chittarajan Das, which was used to foster girls before the college was opened in 1958. The College's 33 permanent faculty, 40 part time and guest faculty, and 25 staff members provide a "value based education" to 1000 girls every year.

More information can be found on their website:

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is a tribally controlled community college in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Established in 1998 and accredited as a higher education organization in 2007, it works to enact the tribal council’s vision of "[enabling] Native Americans to achieve a significant position in the world's emerging economy." Although its primary goal is to connect tribal members and higher education, the college serves all members of the community.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College can be found at their website:

Fundación Shakespeare Argentina
The Fundación Shakespeare Argentina is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing an appreciation for the works of William Shakespeare in the Republic of Argentina. The Foundation is committed to forming links with international projects. FSA has created an open web-based platform for a variety of academic materials aimed not exclusively at academics, but at everyone. Their website has texts from many international Shakespearean scholars, as well as an extensive archive of images, videos, and podcasts. 

It can be found below:

Shakespeare Society of Eastern India

Since 1985, the Shakespeare Society of Eastern India has worked to bring Shakespeare to the masses in Kolkata. The society is made up of teachers, students, public officials, journalists, and practitioners of theater, and works to appeal to both academic and popular culture, thus bringing the two closer. It "brings together people from varied walks of life under one cultural roof."

More information can be found on their website:

University Beyond Bars
Currently, the United States imprisons a higher percentage of their country's population than any other country in the world. 7 out of 10 of these prisoners will return to prison within 3 years. Washington State does not fund any post-secondary education in prison, or any work assistance upon release. To combat this, University Beyond Bars is providing what they call “freedom through education.” The organization offers three educational pathways: degree, certificate, and lecture series. They are non-mandatory and non-discriminatory. The organization, the first to offer college instruction at Washington State Reformatory, offers programs to over 220 prisoners.

Their website can be found here:

Jagannath Kishore College
Jagannath Kishore College, located in the District of Manbhum, is the oldest college in Purulia. Prior to the founding of the college, many proficient students from this traditionally poor area were unable to pursue higher education. Thanks to a grant from Gokul Kumari Devi, the college now serves Purulia with degrees in arts, commerce, and science. J.K. College promotes a value-based education in the hopes that students will leave as better citizens of the world.

They can be found here:
Sidho Kanho Birsha University
Located in rural Purulia, West Bengal, Sidho Kanho Birsha University strives to combine local culture with international education. The University was founded in 2010 to protect indigenous culture and language, especially Santali. The University currently has seventeen departments including a Tribal Studies department, which aims to promote the college's vision of protecting the region's vibrant culture. The University aims to be a part of the global educational map by embracing other cultures and sharing their own.

Their website is here:
Visva-Bharati University
Visva-Bharati University, founded by Nobel Prize winning author Rabindranath Tagore, seeks to embrace the value of ancient Indian education. The school's curriculum is a “significant departure” from traditional education, choosing instead to embrace a traditional and simplistic approach to education. The University makes use of outdoor classrooms to create a “harmonious relationship” with nature, and simplicity is considered a “cardinal principle.” The school's alumni include Nobel Prize winners and award winning filmmakers.

The school can be found at their website, here:

Sido Kanhu Murmu University
Sido Kanhu Murmu Universtiy, headquartered in Dumka, Jharkhand, is dedicated to providing education to the substantial tribal population of the area. With programs in Humanities, Commerce, Science and Technology, Management, Engineering, and Law, as well as a full time Ph.D program, the university is committed to providing a full and balanced education. The university believes that “research activity is [the] backbone of [the] knowledge economy,” and every one of its 450 faculty are “actively involved in carrying out research across all faculties,” and “constantly endeavoring to make significant breakthroughs in their fields.” Sido Hanhu Murmu University is also devoted to community service, with students taking part in blood drives, AIDS awareness programs, Environmental Awareness activities, and more. The university aims to “grow as a diverse and socially responsible center of learning and research and provide high quality of scholarship and equal opportunity for all.

Their website can be found here:

Sir Peter Hall and Stephen Unwin
Sir Peter Hall and Stephen Unwin at the Rose Theatre Kingston
Holli Semetko, The Halle Institute
Rose Theatre Kingston
The Rose Theatre Kingston
Dame Judi Dench at the Rose Theatre Kingston