Shakespeare In-Depth with Philippa Kelly

Classes have ended for 2020

Stay tuned for future classes!  Cal Shakes’ Resident Dramaturg Dr. Philippa Kelly spent the summer and fall diving into Shakespeare’s most enduring and complex plays including most recently: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Approaching each text with the same rich, immersive knowledge she brings to her beloved Grove Talks, Philippa will explored the vital question: what makes these plays so potent for the moment we are living in right now?

Classes will take place on Zoom.

Shakespeare In-Depth with Philippa Kelly

Philippa giving a grove talk
Philippa Kelly giving a Grove Talk; photo courtesy of Kelly

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 an expample syllabus


A Midsummer Night’s Dream: feeling the “love juice” of comic complication
Lectures: November 10 & 17, 5:30-6:30 PM
Study Group: November 21, 11:00 AM

* This lecture is held on Thursday, November 5 instead of Tuesday due to the Presidential Election. 

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

If you have issues registering please reach out to

All classes will be recorded. 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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