What Is Shakespeare?


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5.98 X 9.02 X 0.48 inches | 0.77 pounds

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About the Author

At eighty-four, Ted van Griethuysen has seen, done, and learned a great deal about Shakespeare.

He attended the University of Texas with the legendary B. Iden Payne, the Globe in San Diego, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; attended LAMDA on a Fulbright scholarship while at the same time was Peter Brook's assistant on his RSC production of The Tempest with John Gielgud; performed at the Connecticut and New York Shakespeare theaters; and, finally, for thirty-two years, an affiliated artist with Michael Kahn's Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC.

He also managed to find time for twenty-five years Off and On Broadway, and founded a theatre company, the Opposites Company, with his wife, Rebecca Thompson. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of South Carolina, and privately in New York City.

Currently, he teaches master classes at Manchester Municipal University in the UK and at the Shakespeare Academy in Stratford, CT. Threading together the years of his life and his work is the Aesthetic Realism approach to the world, art, and oneself. Founded and taught by the poet Eli Siegel, it embodies the idea that "all beauty is the making one of opposites and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."

Ted has eight Helen Hayes Awards, the Will Award, and the Richard Bauer Award for outstanding contribution to Washington theatre. Most recently, he received the Helen Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award, which was presented by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

This, then, is his book....