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Phindie: In addition to your main repertory, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre has also offered a summer Classical Acting Academy since 2009. What does it entail? CK: Prior to founding the Classical Acting Academy, there was no immersive Shakespeare experience here in Philadelphia. We offer a six-to-eight-week training program, always with a seasoned director; all the others involved are talented young professionals. At the end of the session, we present the results of the training-a fully staged Shakespeare play, presented free to the public. It's not easy to do, because we want a quality production, not just a free show, so the approach is very professional. Not only does it help the Academy students in their careers, well beyond the two-month session, but it gives them on-stage experience (this year's show is LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST), and it provides us with main stage actors who understand the demands of Shakespeare, who can do the meter, who comprehend the language, the themes, and the emotions. We've had some excellent emerging talents come through our Academy, including Johnny Smith and Sam Sherburne, and we've cast many of them in our subsequent main stage repertory. Phindie: What other events do you have lined up for 2014? CK: We're holding a love sonnet competition, which will be judged by a panel of nationally and internationally recognized experts; the four winning entries will be performed in our production of ROMEO AND JULIET. And we're planning a family therapy session for the Capulets and Montagues, conducted by Dr. Dan Gottlieb of WHYY's "Voices in the Family," similar to the one we did with J Hernandez as Iago in 2013. I'll be directing a Fringe show, iHAMLET, by a South African playwright; it's a one-man show, with the other characters represented by props (for example, Gertrude is a pair of red high heels). In October, we're bringing in Akala, an artist from London, for a "Hip-Hop Shakespeare" event, and we're partnering with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Free Library, and other organizations on additional projects that are not yet fully developed. Plus we have more offerings in our lecture/performance series, "Shakespeare in the World," featuring experts and scholars. So it will be a very busy season! Phindie: What future projects are you looking forward to at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre? CK: I would love to revisit KING LEAR, which we haven't done since 2002. I want to do ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA when I find them-I need the perfect actors. I am forming a vision for THE WINTER'S TALE, and I have a dream to present the entire Wars of the Roses series, which would be a huge undertaking. And I have never been completely satisfied with our past productions of MACBETH, so I hope to re-examine that tricky work! For up-to-date information on The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's full schedule of events, visit Share this:

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