UP Is Hosting a Webinar Series on Shakespeare as Academic and Artistic Practice

Shakespeare is more relevant than you might think.

Students, teachers, playwrights, and actors will have a chance to take part in an exciting new Shakespeare event: the upcoming webinar series, “To double business bound”: Shakespeare as Academic and Artistic Practice.

The event is jointly sponsored by the British Council Connections Through Culture Program and the Department of English and Comparative Literature of the University of the Philippines in cooperation with the Shakespeare Institute at Stratford-Upon-Avon of the University of Birmingham. 

The three-day webinar series will take place online via Zoom from January 26-28, 2022. Each session will run from 5-8 p.m. Philippine Time (PST) and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the UK (GMT). The webinar will also be livestreamed through the Facebook and YouTube channels of the UP Department of English and Comparative Literature. 

The series explores the intersections between academic and artistic practices around Shakespeare, and asks how these might work in a Philippine context.

Contrary to seeing the work of Shakespeare scholars and theater practitioners as separate spheres, the series will interrogate and capitalize upon the synergies between them.


It will tap speakers from leading academic and theatrical institutions in both the Philippines and the UK, sharing these conversations with any and all teachers, students, and theatre practitioners interested in Shakespeare. Whether they engage with the plays in the classroom or the theater, on the page or in performance, they will benefit from the insight of both academics and/or practicing artists who can speak to the affordances and challenges of being “to double business bound.”

The program will include the following speakers and topics: 

  • Drama and Academia: Intersections of Academic and Creative Practices of Shakespeare (Michael Dobson, Director, Shakespeare Institute; Ricardo Abad, Artistic Director, Arete, Ateneo De Manila University)
  • Interview with Lucy Bailey, director of Titus Andronicus (The Globe, 2014), The Winter’s Tale (RSC, 2013), The Taming of the Shrew (RSC, 2012), Julius Caesar (RSC 2009), and several other Shakespeare productions. 
  • Cutting and Editing Shakespeare for Performance (Abigail Rokison-Woodall, Deputy Director, Shakespeare Institute)
  • Shakespeare as Source Text: Creating New Work from Old (Tracy Irish, Royal Shakespeare Company)
  • Untranslatability, Translation, and Adaptation (Jessica Chiba, Shakespeare Institute; Guelan Luarca, Ateneo de Manila University; Ron Capinding, Ateneo de Manila University)
  • Teaching Shakespeare through Performance (Aileen Gonsalves, Artistic Director, Butterfly Theatre Company)
  • Teaching Shakespeare to Filipino Students (Judy Ick, Chairperson, Dept. of English and Comparative Literature, University of the Philippines)

This event is free and any interested participants may register in advance through this link. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the speakers and pose questions via Zoom. They will also receive a certificate of attendance. Further details are available on the DECL Facebook page. Any questions may be sent to [email protected].

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