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Shakespeare at Rhodes

Thanks to a generous bequest from the late Dr. Iris Annette Pearce, Rhodes enjoys a range of Shakespeare-related resources unique among American liberal arts colleges. The Pearce Shakespeare Endowment was established in 2007 to enrich courses in Shakespeare and support events for the entire campus.

Funds generated by Dr. Pearce’s gift aid Shakespeare studies through lectures by visiting scholars; conferences and symposia; support for research; productions of plays; periods of residence by performing artists; and other innovative programming to enhance Shakespeare at Rhodes and in the greater Memphis community. Key institutional partnerships have helped bring these events to a wide range of audiences.

"The Pearce Endowment provides a wonderful set of resources for Shakespeare studies at Rhodes. The events that it supports both on and off campus bring together world-class scholars and performers to speak to each other and, even more importantly, to students. Because these lectures, symposia, and performances are integrated with ongoing coursework, Rhodes students have the opportunity to think about Shakespeare — and their own work — beyond the boundaries of the classroom." — Andrew Miller, ′11 

September 5, 2021

Co-sponsorship of Hattiloo Theatre’s Now I Am Alone, written by William Shakespeare; conceived by Geoffrey Owens.

Hattiloo continues the 200-year-old tradition of producing Shakespeare's work with Black actors. Shakespeare’s complex creations — men and women, kings and beggars, villains and heroes — stand alone and speak aloud their inmost thoughts. Although Geoffrey Owens is best known for his TV and film performances, he has appeared on Broadway in Romeo and Juliet, and in Julius Caesar at the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. He has done roles—including Romeo, Richard the Third, Othello and Puck—at numerous theaters, including the New York Shakespeare Festival  the Long Wharf TheatreHartford Stage, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. For student tickets, please email newstokS@rhodes.edu