This week we look at the new Global Shakespeare MA Program.
Professor David Schalkwyk recently began his post heading the new Global Shakespeare MA program, a partnership between Queen Mary, University of London and The University of Warwick. Global Shakespeare is “a range of programmes which will look at creative historical and contemporary approaches as to why ‘Global Shakespeare’ is so relevant to scholars, performers, practitioners, artists, teachers and above all, the next generation of students.”
This unique MA program follows Shakespeare “as a global cultural phenomenon from Elizabethan England through his transformations and translations to the twenty-first century.” The first semester, students reside in London and study at Queen Mary University, utilizing the many archives and museums in London, and taking advantage of live performances at Shakespeare’s Globe, Donmar Warehouse, and the National Theatre. The second semester, students attend the University of Warwick, near Stratford-upon-Avon, attending the performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and the research facilities of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Because this is a globally themed MA, “students from outside of the UK are especially encouraged since we are eager to form a global community between Queen Mary and Warwick.”