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We're looking forward to a historic event in La Tierra Encantada. It will occur on Friday, February 24, in Santa Fe, and it will feature Shakespeare at San Miguel. A co-production with Severall Friends, an ensemble that brings early music to the high desert, it will take place in a beautiful chapel that dates from the playwright's lifetime. Click here for James M. Keller's detailed background article about the program in Pasatiempo. Attendees may pay the $20 admission charge at the door if they wish, but those who'd prefer to reserve in advance may do so by clicking here for the Guild's online registration form. Attendees may also reserve with a call to 505-670-9815 or an email to shakesguild@msn.com.

Meanwhile we're pleased to announce several new SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE engagements in Manhattan. We welcomed the new year on Wednesday, January 18, with Professor Jean E. Howard of Columbia University. Upcoming events will feature Shane Ann Younts of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts on Wednesday, February 22, and Sarah Enloe of the American Shakespeare Center on Wednesday, March 22. Following programs in April and May with such luminaries as film historian Samuel Crowl, director Karin Coonrod, and arts patron Nancy Zeckendorf, we'll conclude our 2016-17 season on Monday, June 12, with arts executive Julian Bird, who oversees both the Society of London Theatre (the producers' organization that presents the West End's Olivier Awards each spring) and UK Theatre (an association that represents performing-arts institutions throughout the United Kingdom). For a rull roster of upcoming events, click here.

As we look back on an eventful 2016, we're gratified to note the GUILD's special role in the global commemoration of a poet whose influence remains undiminished four centuries after his death and burial. One of the highlights of an extraordinary "Shakespeare 400" calendar occurred Sunday, October 9, when the GUILD saluted a legendary actress with its prestigious GIELGUD AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE DRAMATIC ARTS. During a festive luncheon at London's historic Guildhall, acclaimed Almeida Theatre director Rupert Goold presented our framed Clive Francis award trophy to Vanessa Redgrave at the climax of a UK Theatre Awards ceremony that also included two previous GIELGUD recipients, Dame Eileen Atkins and Sir Ian McKellen.

Our signature SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE series at Manhattan's National Arts Club featured scintillating conversations with producer Ralph Alan Cohen, who introduced NAC constituents to the American Shakespeare Center in Virginia; director Karin Coonrod, who previewed a high-profile Merchant in Venice that marked the 500th anniversary of the original Ghetto; writers Alison Gopnik of the University of California at Berkeley and her brother Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker, who talked about the importance of play in early childhood development; Shakespeare Survey editor Peter Holland of the University of Notre Dame, who shared trenchant observations about a number of recent developments; educator Peggy O'Brien of the Folger Shakespeare Library, who talked about the support she and her colleagues provide for teachers and students around the nation; University of London professor Kiernan Ryan, who offered a new way of thinking about Shakespeare's "universality"; and director Louis Scheeder of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, who described the kinds of preparation that are essential for aspiring drama professionals.

Along the way the GUILD arranged an informative DC luncheon at the Woman's National Democratic Club with executive director Diana Owen of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon. And we helped bring several events to Anerica's oldest capital city, a setting that dates back to the months in 1610 when a visionary playwright was contemplating a shipwreck that had occurred in our "brave new world" and composing The Tempest. In January we took part in a Lensic Performing Arts Center benefit that featured EVER THE TWAIN: William Shakespeare in Mark Twain's America. In February we hosted a dialogue at the New Mexico Museum of Art with biographer Stephen H. Grant about Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger. And finally, during an October presentation that served as prelude for a show to be mounted in August of 2017, we co-sponsored The Poet's Eye, a medley of Bardic music and verse that helped dedicate a new feature at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden: a magic circle that evokes such predecessors as a classical Greek amphitheater, a "Wooden O" like the Bankside Globe, and the Zia sun symbol that adorns New Mexico's state flag. A few months hence we'll return to that venue for a production that concludes with Prospero's eloquent farewell to his own "bare island."

For detail on these and other activities, we invite you to browse this site, clicking on the blue links that serve as navigation devices. We'll be especially grateful if you feel inclined to support the GUILD's endeavors, by registering for events, by enrolling as a member, or by providing a tax-exempt donation.