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 Summer 2024

Shakespeare Aloud

Sarah Corbyn Woolf and Dr. Marie Roche

Course description: Reading Shakespeare aloud is a very different experience from reading his
plays silently in the mind. Shakespeare’s plays were made to be spoken, and this course aims for
attendees to experience the plays aurally in new and exciting ways.

Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, this workshop explores the relationship between
speaker and listener by moving discussions of Shakespeare’s text into the embodied practice of
speaking his words out loud, facilitating audience awareness. Materials will be thematically linked
rather than focused on a single play.

This class has been very popular and is in its fourth year. No experience is required. Experts are

Where: Hadley Library Hybrid
Monday, June 10, 5 pm to 6:30 pm
Wednesday, June 12, 5 pm to 6:30 pm
Friday, June 14, 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Workshop Leader:

Sarah Corbyn Woolf (she/her) is a theater-maker, teacher, and mental health coordinator based in
Western Massachusetts. She has worked with various companies across the Northeast United States
and Washington, D.C., including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Shakespeare & Company, and
New York Classical Theater. She has directed and performed at Advice To The Players in New
Hampshire, where she holds the positions of Interim Treasurer and Human Resources Designee on
their Board of Trustees. She is a candidate for certification with the Association of Mental Health
Coordinators, where she also holds the position of Engagement Coordinator. She earned her MFA
from the Academy for Classical Acting at Shakespeare Theatre Company/GWU, is engaged in
ongoing research in the practice of applying expressive movement and somatic modalities to
Shakespeare training and performance, and is on the brink of starting her third company. Learn
more at

Facilitator: Dr. Marie Roche

Shakespeare in Translation

Dr. Marie Roche


Conversational college-level French is required. The class will be conducted entirely in French. All  attendees will receive a bilingual text of LA TEMPÊTE, translated by Jean-Michel Déprats. 


Course Description: This class exposes attendees to Shakespeare’s texts in translation. We will read selected passages closely as a group, addressing questions about the role of translation in disseminating Shakespeare’s works. How do we experience the text in another language? What is gained or lost in translation? How do translators choose their words? How can humor be translated? 

For those taking this class, attending Shakespeare Aloud (if time permits) is strongly recommended.

Where: Zoom Only

Days: Tuesdays, June 18, June 25,  July 2, and July 9 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm




Dr. Marie Roche


Course Description: This course explores visual literacy by offering a range of Shakespearean productions for discussion. This summer’s discussions delve into the difficulties of translating Shakespeare’s The Tempest from stage to film. What is gained and lost in this “translation” process as text moves from one medium to another and the director’s choices? We will compare and contrast productions over the past hundred years, ranging from Percy Snow’s The Tempest (1908) all the way up to Alex Garland’s fascinating and imaginative Ex Machina (2015).

Where: Hadley Library-Hybrid

When: Mondays, June 17, June 24, July 1 and  July 8, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

1908 Percy Stow
The Tempest

1960 George Shaefer
The Tempest

1948 William A. Wellman
Yellow Sky

1982 Paul Mazursky
The Tempest

1991 Peter Greenaway
Prospero’s Books

2010  Julie Taymor
The Tempest

2015  Alex Garland
Ex Machina 



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