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Davis Shakespeare launches digital internship and reading group programs

365体育投注The Davis Shakespeare Festival is keeping busy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On April 10, DSF launched its Digital Internship Program, in which students from coast to coast are able to gain practical skills in arts administration, participate in developing new arts programs, and study classical literature’s relevance to today’s arts world. The second cohort will begin in the month of June and applications will be available shortly at .

Second, DSF is thrilled to announce a pilot online Shakespeare Reading Group, in which participants will discuss works and enjoy the presence of actors and guest speakers, beginning with “Henry IV Part 1.” This will run from May 6 to June 3. Learn more and sign up at .

The Digital Internship Program has nine interns that are current undergraduates and recent graduates from all over the country. All of the interns “have different experiences, goals and — most importantly — interests,” says Tom Abruzzo, the program’s director.

With its new digital platform, it is a “unique opportunity to learn with and from each other regardless of their geography.” Abruzzo is excited about this new opportunity for DSF: “We are embracing new opportunities to engage with artists and budding administrators and, as always, are committed to a robust and enriching internship experience — this time completely virtual.”

The launch of the online Shakespeare Reading Group is an opportunity for all ages. Based on a monthly program previously hosted in person, the Reading Group will meet online via Zoom on
365体育投注 Wednesdays from 4 to 5:20 p.m. through June 3. Rather than meeting once a month to break down the entire play in one sitting, DSF’s Shakespeare Reading Group will meet weekly to delve deeper into the literature one act at a time.

365体育投注The program will include actors and special guests who will read and perform selections, but the focal point of the group will be what it has always been: active and engaging discussion. Co-Artistic Directors Rob Salas and Gia Battista state that DSF “believes in the importance of an active and engaged mind. While these challenging times can make it more difficult to want to participate in anything, we believe that education and community engagement are key components to maintaining mental health and emotional fortitude.”

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