Written by Margaret Litvin, Boston University
On November 15, Arab world regional editor Margaret Litvin will conduct a Global Shakespeares workshop at Egypt’s National Center for Theatre, Cinema, and Folk Arts in Cairo, at the invitation of its director, Nasser Abd Elmoneim. Titled “Egyptian Theatre Between Local Contexts and Global Audiences: Shakespeare as a Case Study,” the five-hour workshop will involve about 20 directing and drama criticism students and recent graduates from Cairo-area theatre departments. After familiarizing themselves with some goals and methods of presenting Egyptian theatre to international audiences and getting to know the Global Shakespeares web archive, participants will split into groups to analyze and annotate extracts from several Shakespeare-based Egyptian performances on the Global Shakespeares site.
The National Center for Theatre is Egypt’s leading agency for recording and compiling amateur dramatic performances, with hundreds of plays in its archive from various festivals and public and private theatres. It is hoped that the workshop, organized in collaboration with the Center, will be a first step toward building an Egypt-based team of regular contributors of recordings and metadata for the Global Shakespeares archive.