Audience Enrichment Programs
Portland Shakespeare Project offers a variety of programs to enrich your playgoing experience.
Following are examples of our 2014 Audience Enrichment programs. We look forward to another terrific schedule of events in 2015. Watch here for updates.
Before the show:
Pre-Show Discussions: Kate McMullan, dramaturge for Portland Shakespeare Project, discusses the plot, key passages to look for, character development and overarching themes of The Tempest – and explains what makes this production unique.
Fridays & Saturdays, July 11 – August 2, 6:55-7:15 pm
More Pre-Show Discussions: Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Portland Shakespeare Project Scholar in Residence, leads insightful and lively looks into the season’s plays – their themes, characters, plots and more.
Wednesday July 16, 6:30-7:15pm (The Tempest)
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30-7:15pm (The Admirable Chrichton)
Watch the Show like a Director: Before the matinee performance of The Tempest. Directors Michael Mendelson (The Tempest) and Jon Kretzu (The Admirable Chrichton), and Professor Michael Nehring share insights on how to get the most out of the production you are about to see. Then join the presenters at the performance and enjoy the show together.
Sunday, July 20, 12:45-1:45pm
Watch the Show like a Shakespearean Scholar: Before the performance of The Tempest. Scholar in Residence Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Reed Professor Robert Knapp, Pacific University Professor Lorelle Browning, and University of Portland Professor Herman Asarnow will discuss connections between The Tempest and other Shakespeare plays that you may be attending as part of the Complete Works Project. Please join us for what will certainly be an interesting, enlightening and lively discussion.
Thursday, July 24, 6:15-7:15pm
After the show:
Post-show discussions: Following matinee performances of The Tempest. Hear the cast and director of The Tempest share personal insights into the production, creative and rehearsal process, and performance experience. Get answers to questions about the show and share your own valuable feedback in the role of audience member.
July 13, 20, August 3
After Play Wine & Hors D ’Oeuvres: Following the matinee performance of The Tempest. Join Michael Mendelson (Artistic Director, Director, The Tempest), Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner (Scholar in Residence, Assistant Professor of English Linfield College), and Michael Nehring (Associate Artistic Director/Education Director) for wine and hors d’oeuvres in the Alder Stage lobby. Learn answers to your questions about the production and discuss the show in a lively and relaxed post-show setting.
Sunday, July 27
All Pre-Show Discussions:
The Tempest: Friday, July 11, 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest: Saturday, July 12, 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest: Wednesday, July 16, 6:30 pm (with Dr. Pollack-Pelzner)
The Tempest: Friday, July 18, 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest: Saturday, July 19, 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest: Sunday, July 20, 12:45 pm (Watch the Show Like A Director)
The Admirable Crichton: Tuesday, July 22, 6:30 pm (with Dr. Pollack-Pelzner)
The Tempest: Thursday, July 24, 6:15 pm (Watch the Show Like A Shakespearean Scholar)
The Tempest: Friday, July 25, 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest: Saturday, July 26, 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest: Friday, August 1, 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
The Tempest: Saturday, August 2, 6:55 pm (with Kate McMullan)
All Post-Show Discussions:
July 13 (with Director Michael Mendelson and the actors)
July 20 (with Director Michael Mendelson and the actors)
July 27 (After the Show Wine & Hors D’Oeuvres)
August 3 (with Director Michael Mendelson and the actors)
Our Scholar In Residence:
Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, Assistant Professor of English at Linfield College, received his Ph.D. from Harvard, where he helped to edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. He has published and lectured widely on Shakespeare and British literature and is currently writing a book about Shakespeare adaptations. A Portland native, he also trained as an actor with Tygres Heart, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and the Yale Shakespeare Company. He loves talking about Shakespeare with newcomers and aficionados alike.
Kate McMullan is a graduate of Linfield College with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, where she served as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Daniel Pollack-Pelzer; her focus at Linfield College was on the adaptation of plays by William Shakespeare. She was the Dramaturge for Portland Shakespeare Project’s The Taming of the Shrew and she returns this summer as Dramaturge for The Tempest. She is interested in helping audience members get the greatest enjoyment possible when they are watching a Shakespeare play.