2017/18 Shakespeare Club Speakers


Oct 16 Beatrice Casagran, Caitlin Lopez

Ophelia Jump’s Directors 

Topic: 2017 Summer Shakespeare Festival plays


Nov 13 Kyle McGruther

Resident Actor, GoadTheater

Topic: Researching the Measure for Measure backstory 


Dec11 Linda Bisesti

Cal Poly Professor of Acting and Artistic Director of SCSF

Topic: The Comedy in Comedy of Errors


Jan 8 Amanda Zarr

Resident Artist, Ophelia's Jump

Topic: Exploring Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing


Feb 12 Edward Rocklin

Professor, Cal Poly Pomona

Topic: Tensions at the End of Measure for Measure


Mar 12 David Cressy 

Research Professor of History, Claremont Graduate University 

Topic: Gypsies and Egyptians in England 


Apr 9 Classical Theater Lab

An ensemble of theatre artists exploring classical theatre

Topic: An Afternoon of Shakespeare’s Sonnets


May 14  Lori Anne Ferrell. 

Associate Professor at CGU and Claremont School 


Topic: The Gunpowder Plot

Shakespeare Club of Pomona Valley

Previously Presented




Oct 10  Terre Gunkel 
Shakespearian Director for IVRT and Lewis Family Theater 
From Page to Stage: Adapting Great Classics
Nov 14  Brian Elerding
Artistic Director of the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater 
Inspecting the Text:  Discovering the Complexities of 
King Lear
Dec12  Linda Bisesti
Cal Poly Professor of Acting and Artistic Director of SCSF,
Southern California Shakespeare Festival
Elizabethan English Out Loud:  Reading Shakespeare
Jan 9. Carolyn Ratteray 
Resident Artist, A Noise Within. 
King Lear in a Memory-Care Facility?  A Director's Vision
Feb 13 Glenn Simshaw 
Assistant Professor of Writing, Scripps College
Macbeth, A King Beset by Fear and Paranoia
Mar 13 Ambereen Dadabhoy 
Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature, Harvey Mudd College
Two Faced:  A 21th Century Discussion of Shakespeare's 16th Century Observations of Race in Othello
Apr 10 Heidi Brayman
Associate Professor of English, UC Riverside
Quartos vs. Folios - Reviewing Multiple Texts of Shakespeare's Plays and Poems 
May 8  Lori Anne Ferrell. 
Associate Professor at CGU and Claremont School of Theology, Connection:  Shakespeare and the Bible


2015/2016 Programs

Oct 12. Vanessa Wilkie, Ph.D  Curator

            Medieval and British Historical Manuscripts

            Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Garden

    Topic: William Shakespeare: The Man in His Time 


Nov 9.   Dr. Amy Kenny,  Lecturer, Early Modern Drama 

              English Department, University of California, Riverside

    Topic: Back in Time and Behind the Scenes;

                How Shakespeare's  Actors Learned Their parts


Dec 14.   Professor LInda Bisesti, Head of

               Acting Department of Theater and New Dance

              California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

     Topic:  Her Experience Visiting Worldwide

                Shakespeare Festivals 


Jan 11   Pamela Stith  English Department Chair;

              Drama Directtor, Pomona Catholic Girls High School 

   Topic: Shakespeare's Silences and Ambiguities  -  

              Those Characters on Stage - but Remain Silent 


Feb 8     Caitlin Lopez, Artistic Director, 

              Ophelia’s Jump Theater Company

    Topic:  Shakespeare's Plays in the Outdoor Theater


Mar 14   Sarah Ripper,  MFA, Teaching Artist, Cal State Fullerton 

              Director of Merry Wives of Windsor

    Topic: Directing Merry Wives of Windsor


Apr 11   Arthur Horowitz, Theatre Professor Pomona College

    Topic: International Film Adaptations of

               Shakespeare's Plays


May 9.   Professor Lori Ann Ferrell  

               Early Modern History & Literature     

              Director, Program in Early Modern Studies, 

             Chair, English Department,

             Claremont Graduate University

  Topic:  Shakespeare and the Language of  Flowers:

              Victorian Botany and the Bard