World Shakespeare Leaders Convene at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Theatre Association Convenes at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival for 22nd Annual Meeting; PA First Lady Susan Corbett to Speak

The highest concentration of Shakespeare theatre leaders in the world will occur at the home of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, Pennsylvania January 7 – 12, 2013.

From Stratford, Canada and from Prague, Czech Republic, from Utah, Oregon, and Chicago, and from Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Poland, and England – Shakespeare artists, leaders and educators will arrive in the hamlet of Center Valley for The Shakespeare Theatre Association’s 22nd annual meeting. Representatives from 47 companies and 8 countries are currently registered.

Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett, who is also chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA), will deliver the welcoming address. Mrs. Corbett has served on the PCA for nine years, having first been appointed by Gov. Mark Schweiker in 2002, re-appointed by Gov. Ed Rendell in 2009, and again by her husband, Gov. Tom Corbett in 2011.

The theme of the conference is What Dreams May Come: Vision into Action.

Artistic directors, education directors, and executive/managing directors will share their visions for the future, discuss their best practices and pressing challenges, and explore, initiate, and invigorate trends in theatres whose primary mission is to produce the works of William Shakespeare.

Topics range from original practices to single-gender Shakespeare to Shakespeare in prison, and plenary sessions feature leading research on cultural policy, artistic and strategic planning, training the next generation of Shakespeare artists, and taking a leading role in marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing in 2016.

“The role of Shakespeare in our world continues to inspire and challenge artists and audiences, scholars and Shakespeare theatre leaders,” says PSF Producing Artistic Director Patrick Mulcahy, “and we are honored to host this conference.”

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is hosting the conference on the Center Valley campus of DeSales University, located 90 miles west of New York City and 45 miles north of Philadelphia. Since 1992, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has produced a summer season of Shakespeare plays and other world classics from master dramatists for more than 500,000 patrons from all 50 states.  Artists in recent seasons have included Broadway headliners and winners and nominees of the Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, Lortel, Jefferson, and Barrymore awards.



Director of the DeSales University Rome Program

New housing option allows faculty to bring their families, revised deadline for application is January 15

To: Full-time Faculty

From: Karen Walton

As you know, I have previously announced the search for a faculty member to assume the role of the Rome faculty Director for the fall 2014 program. In fall 2010, DeSales University established our own free-standing program in Rome, based at the Dante Alighieri Italian Language Center.  Fifteen DSU students from any major may spend the fall semester in our program in Rome under the supervision of a DSU faculty member.  A committee, comprised of Dr. Brian Kane, Prof. Elizabeth Rosa, Dr. Jerry Joyce and Mr. Brian MacDonald have reviewed the faculty applications.

Since the initiation of this program, those responsible for the selection of the faculty member have adhered to the criteria that were disclosed to the faculty. We have also been limited by the housing arrangements that have been established after we founded our program as a legally recognized university by Italy. DeSales University had chosen to house the faculty member in the Generalate of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales, who have an apartment available on the uppermost floor of that facility. That decision was made so that we could have a central emergency location. Unfortunately, one of the effects of that choice was that we were limited in our choice of faculty, since that housing is inappropriate for small children.

After reviewing the present applicants, and the applications of faculty members in previous years who were unable to be considered because of the housing, the committee proposed that the guidelines be changed and that the housing for the faculty member not be at the Oblate facility. That recommendation has been accepted.

So, the Committee will now consider applications from faculty members who would like to bring their family or children with them to Rome. [Read more…]

Moving Forward Regional Symposium today, 12/12

The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs Education Committee in collaboration with DeSales University would like to invite you to the first Moving Forward Regional Symposium as part of a series that will focus on local programs that have proven successful at graduating Latinos and other students of color.

Moving Forward Regional Symposium

DeSales University Center, Commonwealth Room

December 12, 2012

5:30 p.m. registration

6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. panel presentation with dialogue and feedback encouraged

Contact Wendy Koenig x1461 or Alice Debus x1465 with any questions.

DSU 2013 Tech Fair — New Additions

Don’t forget to register for the 2013 Tech Fair today! Industry-leading software providers will be on hand to share the latest and answer your questions.

Come interact with representatives from Blackboard, Pearson, MBS Direct, and Mathematica.

Tech Fair 2013 is January 82013. Registration, vendor displays, and breakfast start at 8:30 p.m.