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 Summer 2022

Shakespeare Aloud

Course description: Reading Shakespeare aloud is a very different experience than reading it in the mind. Shakespeare’s plays were made to be spoken. This year, actor and musician Joseph Cardozo will lead a workshop on how to read A Midsummer Night’s Dream from an actor’s perspective. In this process, the hope is to experience the play in new and exciting ways. This class is in its third year and has been very popular for the enjoyment it brought to the attendees.

No experience required; experts are welcome!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tuesdays: June 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th

7-8:30 pm

Location: In person at the Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA

Workshop: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, June 7th with Joseph Cardozo

 Joseph Cardozo is an actor and musician based in Amherst, MA. He has performed on stages all over the U.S. as a musician, opening for artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, 50 Cent, The Pharcyde, Rahzel, Soulive, The Wailers, and more. Favorite acting roles include Othello (Othello), Don Pedro (Much Ado About Nothing), Banquo (Macbeth), Miles (She Kills Monsters), and Baba Mati Singh (The Fabulous Lipitones).

No experience required; experts are welcome!

Shakespeare in Translation


Conversational college-level French required. The class will be conducted entirely in French. The bilingual text, translated by Jean-Michel Déprats, will be provided to the attendees.  

Course description: This class seeks to expose the attendees to Shakespeare’s texts in translation. Passages will be read together, and questions will be addressed such as: What is gained or lost in translation? How do we experience the text in another language? The translator’s choice of words and translation of humor and more.

Le songe d’une nuit d’été 

Thursdays: June 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

5:30-6:15 pm

Location:  Hybrid on Zoom & in person: 650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst MA 01002

Shakespeare on Film


Course Description: This course provides visual literacy and offers a range of Shakespearean productions to discuss. 



  • 1948, dir. & starring Laurence Olivier 
  • 1990, dir. Franco Zeffirelli, starring Mel Gibson, Alan Bates, Glenn Close, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Helena Bonham Carter
  • 1996, dir. Kenneth Branagh, starring Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Kate Winslet
  • 2000, dir. Michael Almereyda, starring Ethan Hawke, Kyle McLachlan, Bill Murray, Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber
  • 2015, dir. Lyndsey Turner, Robin Lough, starring Benedict Cumberbatch


Tuesdays: July 19th, 26th, August 2nd, 9th

7-8:30 pm

Location: In person at the Northampton Center for the Arts. 33 Hawley St., Northampton, MA 

No experience required; experts are welcome!

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