Shakespeare's Tribe

Performing Shakespeare, Shakespeare in Performance

Author: Kurt Daw

About me: Professor of Theater Arts at San Francisco State University, director, actor, intrepid playgoer, author of Acting: Thought Into Action, Acting Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, and co-author with Julia Matthews of A Guide to Scenes and Monologues from Shakespeare and his Contemporaries. My latest project is the Shakespeare Monologues for Your “Type” series – twelves volumes of Shakespearean monologues sorted into speeches appropriate for leading or character types of various ages, and classified by character’s gender.


In 1992 I was lucky enough to participate in the National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on Shakespeare and the Languages of Performance at the Folger Shakespeare Library under the direction of the brilliant Lois Potter. In 1995 I was able to return for a sequel of sorts – the NEH seminar titled Shakespeare Examined Through Performance, co-directed by Audrey Stanley and Alan Dessen.

From 2000-2003, I was the President of the Association for Theater in Higher Education, and have been a career long member of its Theater as a Liberal Art forum.

I was founding chair of the Department of Theater at Kennesaw State University, and have served as Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and Dean of the College of Creative Arts at San Francisco State University.

§ One Response to Author: Kurt Daw

  • Very interesting review. You certainly understood the essence of our intent. To clarify, the Induction text, both at the beginning and the end, was entirely taken from Shakespeare’s Induction; though of course at the end I also used part of Act V, Scene 1. Anyway the text is all Shakespeare. And by the way, the brilliant Michael Warren was a wonderful consultant, but the idea and textual “adjustments” were mine own, and part and parcel of my approach to the play. Regards, EM

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