Jon L Peacock and Alana Rader, co-artistic directors of the Education Program for Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island, hopped across the pond recently to attend a conference, organized by The Shakespeare Institute, and held at The University of Surrey, just south of London. While there they spent time with a number of Shakespeare scholars, academics and practitioners, learned about a program that translates Shakespeare into Asian languages, visited a theater company called Blue Apple — made up of actors with cognitive and/or learning disabilities — put on ("awe-inspiring") scenes from "The Tempest," and saw "Henry V," at the Globe that featured "powerful" female Henry. They also traveled to Stratford upon Avon to visit Shakespeare’s grave and tour the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stages.
"It was certainly a trip we will never forget," said Rader, praising the Shakespeare Institute and the board of directors for The Colonial Theatre. "Now it’s time to get back to work on our summer production of 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream!'"