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Shakespeare Salon

Behind the scenes. Inside the art.

Shakespeare Salon provides theatre novices and experts alike an in-depth perspective on STC shows. Spend Friday afternoons going behind the scenes and inside the text of Shakespeare Theatre Company productions.

SALON INSIDER SUBSCRIPTION

Be a Shakespeare Theatre Insider! Purchase a Shakespeare Salon subscription and attend a full season of classes at a discounted rate. For only $750 you’ll secure your spot around the table at all four Salon series.

To secure your space call 202-547-5688 or

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SALOMÉ

Learn about this unique production in a five-week seminar that will examine Biblical sources, interpretations of Salomé (including Oscar Wilde) and the excitement of crafting devised theater at STC.
The Salon will be led by STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager, with special guests and glimpses behind the scenes.
Tuition: $250
Friday, October 16 – November 13
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sidney Harman Hall

To secure your space call 202-547-5688 or

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OTHELLO

This five-week seminar will delve into Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello. The Salon will be led by STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager, with special guests and glimpses behind the scenes.
Tuition: $250
Friday, February 12 – March 11
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sidney Harman Hall

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1984

This three-week seminar will explore George Orwell source material, discuss theatrical adaptation and look at how STC works with visiting companies. The Salon will be led by STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager, with special guests and glimpses behind the scenes.
Tuition: $150
Friday, March 25 – April 8
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sidney Harman Hall

To secure your space call 202-547-5688 or

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THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

This five-week seminar for adults will investigate Shakespeare’s controversial play and how it gets transformed for the stage. The Salon will be led by STC’s Audience Enrichment Manager, with special guests and glimpses behind the scenes.
Tuition: $250
Friday, May 13 – June 10
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Sidney Harman Hall

To secure your space call 202-547-5688 or

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Hannah Hessel Ratner is the Audience Enrichment Manager at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. At STC, she runs the Creative Conversations discussion series which includes a range of discussion formats bringing together scholars, artists and audiences in conversation about the plays. She writes regularly for the Asides magazine and blog, as well as edits the annual Guide to the Season Plays e-book. She programs and moderates the AsidesLIVE symposiums and the Prosecast, STC’s regular podcast series. She also oversees the free performance series Happenings at the Harman, which presents music, dance and theatre over a happy hour drink. She has been an ensemble member at Forum Theatre for nearly a decade where she has served as production dramaturg for a wide variety of plays, old and new. She is a member of the next generation of the playwright’s collective The Welders. In 2011, she founded the Project Gym, a center for creative development. She has served on selection panels for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Source Festival and The Playwrights Center. She has taught workshops on theatre, text and performance for ages ranging from elementary to adult. For five years she served as the Literary Director, Outreach and Education Associate at Theater J. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she holds an MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University.