Shakespeare In-Depth with Philippa Kelly

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Resident Dramaturg Philippa Kelly returns with a new round of Shakespeare In-Depth!  Consider how Shakespeare’s masterpieces invite us to explore ambition, justice, betrayal, greed, loneliness, and abandonment, as well as issues that are urgently relevant today: climate change, global poverty, the political and personal effects of power, the capacity of life itself to offer miracles and second chances. 

Delve into classics like Macbeth and lesser-studied works like Antony and Cleopatra, learn about what playgoing was like in Shakespeare’s time, and get ready for a return to Cal Shakes this summer with an exploration of The Winter’s Tale. Approaching each text with the same rich, immersive knowledge she brings to her beloved Grove Talks, Philippa will explore the vital question: what makes these plays so potent for the moment we are living in right now?

Most classes will also include a performance by a beloved Bay Area actor or a visit from a special guest. Don’t miss legendary composer John Adams or actor John Glover.

Classes will be recorded and take place on Zoom.

Shakespeare In-Depth with Philippa Kelly

Philippa giving a grove talk
Philippa Kelly giving a Grove Talk; photo by Jay Yamada

For just $60 a play, attend two one-hour classes on Tuesday evenings and an additional one-hour informal study group on Saturday morning (for a total of 3 hours of learning per play) to unpack all the intricacies of each classic giving you the opportunity to connect with Philippa in an intimate setting. 

Check out Philippa’s Run the Canon series to get a taste of her insight, and meet the Dramaturg herself in the new interview in the blog Aisle Seat Review

Explore the 2021 Shakespeare In-Depth Syllabus


Shakespeare’s Vision of Revenge: from Titus Andronicus to Hamlet and beyond.
Lectures: June 1 & June 8, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: June 12, 11:00 AM

Each play costs $60 (includes two one-hour classes and one one-hour study group).

If you have issues registering please reach out to

Zoom links will be sent out the Monday before each class from If you have questions about zoom or register after 4pm the Monday prior to the first session, please reach out to

National Endowment for the Humanities

This project is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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