Reimaging Shakespeare for Greater Inclusion and Diversity

The Fine Arts Center in Greenville is partnering with the South Carolina New Play Festival to present a livestream of a panel discussion on “Reimagining Shakespeare” on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant.

The “Remagining Shakespeare for Greater Inclusion and Diversity” panel will investigate trends happening in Shakespearean productions, including issues of race, Eurocentric views of art, and what benefits and losses are involved with such an intense focus on one writer’s work. The panel features Rick Dildine, Artistic Director of Alabama Shakespeare Festival; Cameron Knight, Head of Acting at Mason School of the Arts at Rutgers University and the coordinator of Rutgers’ acting program at Shakespeare’s Globe in London; Tia James, Faculty member of UNC Chapel Hill Professional Actor Training Program and company member of PlayMakers Repertory Company; and West Hyler, Executive Artistic Director of the South Carolina New Play Festival as the facilitator.

The livestream will take place on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m., and the video-on-demand will be available from December 15, 2022 – January 15, 2023. Tickets to view the livestream or the video-on-demand are $5 each. The Fine Arts Center will issue 150 comp tickets to all Theater and English Chairs of Greenville County middle and high schools, the drama and English department of the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, and to college professors at Clemson and Furman Universities. To purchase a ticket to the Livestream or watch the video-on-demand:

The Fine Arts Center was established in August 1974 as the first specialized arts school in the state of South Carolina. Their mission is to prepare dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community. The South Carolina New Play Festival celebrates engaging and dynamic new plays from across the United States. 

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.