Fighting for Shakespeare for All
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Fighting for Shakespeare for All

When Christy Burgess started the Robinson Shakespeare Company at Notre Dame's Robinson Community Learning Center in 2008, skeptics told her the local kids - the children of professors, of police officers, of felons - would never willingly study or perform Shakespeare. Fast forward several years and the Robinson Shakespeare Company just returned from a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of the famous bard, and led a workshop at the Globe Theatre in London. Needless to say, their enthusiasm for Shakespeare is unparalleled. But perhaps even more success has come from how it has changed the performers. They've learned skills in communication, confidence, working as an ensemble, and stepping out of their comfort zones. As Notre Dame's international Shakespeare scholar Prof. Peter Holland believes, they've proven the lessons of Shakespeare transcend all barriers and that Shakespeare's messages of love, hate and division still ring true today.

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