Friday, April 28, 2017

Camp Shakespeare Staff 2017!

"To business that we love we rise betimes, and go to't with delight."- Antony and Cleopatra

Nebraska Shakespeare is so pleased to announce our Camp Shakespeare Staff 2017.  These professional theatre educators will be engaging with 75 young campers during our two-week summer camp (June 26th- July 9th) to create their own Shakespeare productions and inspire a life-long love of theatre and performance.

Camp Shakespeare Director- Katie Otten

Katie is joining Camp Shakespeare for the first time this summer, but she is no stranger to theatre education, having worked with Omaha Theatre Company, First Stage Theatre Company, and West Bend Recreational Department in WI. Katie is also Nebraska Shakespeare's Company Events Coordinator for Shakespeare On The Green this season. Katie is currently pursuing a Master's in Theatre Performance from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Camp Shakespeare Assistant - Anna Jordan

Anna Jordan is joining Camp Shakespeare staff for her second year. Anna is a seasoned Nebraska Shakespeare veteran, having worked as an actor for Two Minute Shakespeare, Shakespeare On The Green, and Shakespeare On Tour. Anna is also an actor/educator for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. and OPA's Disney Musicals in Schools program. She is also the Assistant Director for Shakespeare On The Green's The Merry Wives of Windsor this summer. Anna holds her BA in Theatre Performance/Directing from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Jester's Instructor- Raydell Cordell III

Camp Shakespeare is thrilled to have Raydell's classroom energy and expertise for the fourth summer in a row. Raydell has performed with Shakespeare On The Green for countless seasons and will be a company member for King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor this summer. Raydell currently works as the Site Director of Loveland Before and After School and has worked with Westside School District for nine years. He hold a BA in Theatre Performance from University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Jester's Assistant- Chase Winter

Chase is joining Camp Shakespeare for his second season. Chase works with Concordia Senior High School as a Language Arts teacher (English, Speech, Journalism, and Yearbook.) He also works with the school's Speech Team and One Act play production. Chase holds his Bachelor’s Education with a English/Language Arts focus.

Apprentices Instructor- Katy Kepler

Katy began her theater career in Rochester, NY, as freelance stage manager (primarily LORT B non-equity ASM work) and director. She recently moved to Omaha, NE to work with the Omaha Theater Company as a teaching artist. She specializes in directing youth actors and has particularly enjoyed her time working as the Apprentice Program Director for Bristol Valley Theater in the Finger Lakes. Favorite directing projects include Bride and Groom in the Graveyard (world premiere), Drowned (staged reading, new work), and Saturday Afternoon: Live! (devised youth piece). As an actor, she has appeared in several shows with the Omaha Theater Company, including Stellaluna and Other TalesPrancer (world premiere), Mouse on the MoveElephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play, and A Pallette of Possibility  (world premiere). Other favorite roles include Electra in Orestes 2.0, the Director in Crocodile Fear (world premiere), and Cedar in The Turtle Play: The Play About the Turtle (workshop performance).

Players Instructor- Chloe Armao

Chloe is joining Camp Shakespeare for her second season as the Player's Instructor, but she has worked with Shakespeare On Tour for the past three seasons. Chloe graduated from University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program and continues to work as a contract actor/educator with The Guthrie Theatre, The Playwright’s Center, The Youth Performance Company and The Children’s Theater Company. Chloe will also be in the Shakespeare On The Green cast of King Lear and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

SOTG 2016 company member,
Matt Olsen leads a mime workshop.

Masterclasses and Workshops will also be presented by members of the Shakespeare On The Green company, helping Camp Shakespeare students explore a variety of theatre topics, including: 
Stage Combat, Character Physicality and Development, and Designer Process.

Professional Actors and Directors visit
Camp Shakespeare 2016

Camp Shakespeare 2017
 June 26th -July 9th
(Monday- Friday from 8:00am to 12:00pm)

Friday, April 21, 2017

TLS Bargains and Events

To get geared-up up for Shakespeare On The Green,
Nebraska Shakespeare is partnering with local businesses to 
bring you events and bargains for Talking Like Shakespeare! 

Aksarben Cinema, special FREE small popcorn for talking like Shakespeare.
Long Dog Fat Cat (Village Point & 90th Center) FREE gift and treat for your pet.
Starbucks (72nd & Dodge, 114th & Dodge) FREE tall coffee 12-2 PM

Sonnet Reading from 2-3 PM
Swartz's Delicatessen & Bagels, 87th & Pacific
Director of Education, 
Sarah Carlson-Brown, will read sonnets.

Crawl Like Shakespeare!
Local bars are bringing you drinks inspired by Shakespeare
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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

(Bar) Crawl Like Shakespeare

April 23rd is Shakespeare’s birthday! What better way to celebrate than to grab a drink? Nebraska Shakespeare is partnering with a number of local bars and breweries to let you commemorate the day with Shakespeare inspired menu options.

Drinking was the norm in Elizabethan England (mostly because it was not safe to drink water), and the bard was no exception. Shakespeare’s father, at one time, was even the official ale-taster for Stratford-upon-Avon. And every one of Shakespeare’s plays has a reference to alcohol, a number including memorable drinkers, from Merry Wives’ Falstaff (who favors “a cup of sack”), to Twelfth Night’s Toby Belch.

What did Shakespeare himself drink? In Elizabethan England, Ale and Beer were readily available, but according to Theodora Sutcliffe, these were stronger, sweeter, and darker than what we drink today, and beers were more bitter than ales. Based on the references to a range of wines in Shakespeare’s writing, Sutcliffe goes on to assert that Shakespeare likely also drank imported wines and mead. Cocktails were not around, but he did have access to mixed drinks like posset and caudles, which were popular for their supposed medicinal properties.

Tastes have changed over the years so we’ll spare you the posset and caudle (typically consisting of heated wine or ale combined with milk, eggs, bread). Instead, we’ve got more modern recommendations for toasting the day.

Here are a handful of drinks inspired by Shakespeare and where to get them:


Our friends at Brickway are mixing a mule worthy of Bottom himself.

What’s in it:

∎ Brickway Gin
∎ Brickway Ginger Beer
∎ Fresh Lime Juice

Where you can get it:

Visit our friends at Brickway Brewery (1116 Jackson St, Omaha, NE) all day on April 23rd.
Bonus Bargain:
Brickway is also offering $4 Session Series Beers for those who Talk Like Shakespeare when ordering on April 23rd.


There's nothing melancholy about this cocktail the team at Benson Brewery is mixing up!

What's in it:

 1.5 oz Vodka
 0.5 oz Contratto
 2 oz Orange Juice

Where you can get it:

Visit Benson Brewery (6059 Maple St, Omaha, NE) on Talk Like Shakespeare Day!


This one's perfect for transitioning from Brunch to Sunday Fun-Day (if you need a reason).

 1.5 oz Vodka

 6 oz Orange Juice

Where you can get it:

Visit Crescent Moon (36th and Farnam, Omaha, NE).


You can't talk Shakespeare's leading ladies without including one so notable as Lady M.

What's in it:

 Strawberry Vodka
 Sweet and Sour

Where you can get it:

Visit Crescent Moon (36th and Farnam, Omaha, NE).


Corkscrew is bringing you a drink sure to keep you merry.

What's in it:

 Windsor Whiskey
 Lemon juice
 Simple Syrup
 (Optional) Cherry for garnish.

Where you can get it:

Celebrate Talk Like Shakespeare day at Corkscrew Wine and Cheese (3908 Farnam St, Omaha, NE).


Farnam House Brewing Company is offering a Witbier for Talk Like Shakespeare Day.

5.4% ABV
∎ 20 IBU

Where you can get it:
Visit Farnam House Brewing Company (3558 Farnam St, Omaha, NE).  They recommend you pair it with a pretzel.


A fat, vain, and boastful beer brought to you by Upstream.
 Scotch Ale
 6.6% ABV
 8 IBU

Where you can get it:
Visit Upstream Brewing Company (514 S 11th St, Omaha, NE).


Celebrate Shakespeare's birthday with a drink the Bard himself (likely) drank.

What's in it:

Mead is the oldest beverage known to man, made from pure honey that is fermented, then adding fruit or spices.

Where you can get it:

Moonstruck Meadery (2221 Madison St, Bellevue, NE) will be offering Cranberry and Plum Mead on Talk Like Shakespeare Day.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Sharp Weapons in a Madman's Hands

Vincent Carlson-Brown, Artistic Director of Nebraska Shakespeare, presents a lecture and discussion on his master's thesis A War of Roses: A Reconstruction of Shakespeare, featuring performances by actors from the original production. Vincent adapted Shakespeare's trilogy, wrote original text for each script, acted as artistic producer, directed all stage combat, and performed roles in both shows. So mark your calendars and join us for an inside look into his process and evocative final productions.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 6:00 PM 
For info: Dr. Martina Saltamacchia,

"I fear me you but warm the starvĂ©d snake, 
Who, cherished in your breast, will sting your hearts.
You put sharp weapons in a madman's hands."
A War of Roses, adapted from Shakespeare's Henry the Sixth

Vincent Carlson-Brown as Jack Cade in A Fire Within (CU)

The burning of Joan to end Foreign Flames (UNO)
The burning of Joan to begin A Fire Within (CU)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Talk Like Shakespeare Day 2017!

Sunday, April 23rd, has been proclaimed Talk Like Shakespeare Day across the state of Nebraska. Nebraska Shakespeare invites all to honor the Bard on his 453rd birthday by having fun with Shakespeare's language.

1. Instead of you, say thou or thee.

2. Rhymed couplets are all the rage.

3. Men are called Sirrah, ladies are Mistress, and your friends are all called Cousin

4. Instead of cursing, try calling your tormentors jackanapes or canker-blossoms 
or poisonous bunch-back’d toads.

5. Don’t waste time saying it, just use the letter “t” (t’is, t’will, I’ll do’t).

6. Verse for lovers, prose for ruffians, songs for clowns

7. When in doubt add the letters “eth” to the end of verbs (he runneth, he trippeth,
he falleth).

8. To add weight to your opinions, try starting them with methinks, mayhaps,
or wherefore.

9. When wooing ladies: try comparing her to a summer’s day. If that fails, say 
“Get thee to a nunnery!”

10. When wooing lads: try dressing up like a man. If that fails, throw him in the
tower, banish his friends and claim the throne.


Bard's Bargains:
  • Talk Like Shakespeare at Aksarben Cinema and receive a small popcorn for just $2.
  • Visit Starbucks Coffee (72nd and 114th Street locations) for special Bard-inspired drinks.
  • Talk Like Shakespeare at Long Dog Fat Cat for special deals and treats for your pets.
Sonnet Reading:
  • Visit Swartz’s Delicatessen & Bagels in  Countryside Village Shopping Center (8718 Pacific St.) at 2:00 PM when sonnets will be read.
(Bar) Crawl Like Shakespeare:
  • Nebraska Shakespeare is teaming up with local bars and breweries to bring you Bard-inspired drinks. Partners include Benson Brewery (6059 Maple St.), Brickway Brewery (1116 Jackson St.), Corkscrew Wine & Cheese (3908 Farnam St.), Crescent Moon (3578 Farnam St.), Farnam House Brewing (3558 Farnam St.), Krug Park (6205 Maple St.), and The Moonstruck Meadery (2221 Madison St.).  Check back for more details.

Visit for more information and ways to participate in Talk Like Shakespeare Day.