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Samantha Smith ′14 Gets Internship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

Publication Date: 6/17/2013

Rhodes English major Samantha Smith ’14 is spending the summer as an intern with the education division of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. In just her first week, Smith attended auditions for teaching artists; participated in the “Shakespeare Steps Out” program, in which families visit the Folger to learn about theatre in Shakespeare′s era; and accompanied the elementary school program coordinator to a public charter that participated in the recent Children’s Shakespeare Festival. Smith says she is thrilled “to be around people who genuinely like to talk about Shakespeare so much.”

Rhodes has many longstanding ties to the Folger Shakespeare Library: alumna Janet Griffin ’74 is their director of public programs; visiting artist Nick Hutchison has directed plays at both institutions; and the late English professor Cynthia Marshall received several research fellowships from the library.

In addition, three Shakespeare at Rhodes symposia have been enriched by the Folger’s resources: in 2011, Rhodes hosted “Manifold Greatness,” an exhibit celebrating the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible; in 2012, Folger Director of Research David Schalkwyk spoke about “Global Hamlets;” and on October 10-11, 2013, Folger Library Director Michael Witmore will speak in Memphis about “The Past and Future of the Book.”

Smith is a 2010 graduate of St. George′s Independent School in Collierville, Tenn.

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