Shakespeare and the Globe

deadline for submissions: 
January 21, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Vimala Pasupathi / Hofstra University
contact email: 


and the


present a symposium

Shakespeare and theGlobe

Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, 2020

In March 2017 the most historically accurate re-creation in North America of Shakespeare’s Globe stage made its debut not on Broadway or in Los Angeles or La Jolla, but at Hofstra University. While much of the campus was preparing for the start of the spring 2017 semester, construction on a historic Hofstra Globe stage and rehearsals for its first production – Hamlet – were underway at the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse and at Emily Lowe Hall.

Hofstra’sProfessor of Drama David Henderson, the director of this project, spent considerable time abroad consulting with the archivists and design staff of Shakespeare’s Globe in London; the result of his efforts, The Hofstra Globe Stage, is a working laboratory for students, faculty, and guest artists that has no parallel in the United States. In fall 2020, the Globe will be erected again for the University’s 72nd Annual Shakespeare Festival, and an academic symposium has been planned to explore and discuss the Globe and what we have learned over the past 70 years.


Panels and presentations will address the following questions:

• What have we learned about Shakespeare’s London theaters SINCE the John Cranford Adams Globe was defined 

  and described in the 1940s, and was made into a life-size replica for the Hofstra Shakespeare Festival in 1951?


• What have we learned about early English drama and the Elizabethan/Jacobean theatre as a result of digital 

  archival innovations such as the REED (Records of Early English Drama) project and Shakespeare Documented?


• What have we learned about performing Shakespeare since Simon Palfrey and Tiffany Stern’s Shakespeare in 

  Parts, and Tina Packer’s Women of Will: The Remarkable Evolution of Shakespeare’s Female Characters?


In addition, the symposium invites papers and panels on other topics that shed new light 

on Shakespeare, his times, his stages, and his world.


TheShakespeare and the Globe symposium and performances as part of the

71st Annual Shakespeare Festival will take place on the new Globe stage!


• On Thursday, October 29 at 8 p.m., there will be a performance of Something Wicked (a one-hour Macbeth).

• On Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m., there will be a performance of Cymbeline.

All proposals must include the presenter’s name, affiliation, paper title, an abstract of no more than 250 words,  and contact information. These materials should be directed to:



Professor James J. Kolb

Department of Drama and Dance

112 Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY 11549-1120

Professor Vimala C. Pasupathi

Associate Dean

Hofstra University Honors College

Hempstead, NY 11549



Submission deadline: January 21, 2020

Notification of acceptance: February 28, 2020 


For questions or further information, please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at516-463-5669 or