First Folio: The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare; Play Your Part – Information Session and Call for Programmatic Proposals

Coming to UConn on September 2-25, 2016

Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night. These famous plays and 15 others by
Shakespeare would probably have been lost to us without the First Folio. Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays, and only 233 copies are known today. Next year, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Folger Shakespeare Library is sending a First Folio to every state in the United States, and we have been selected for Connecticut. Join us in 2016 in celebrating the greatest playwright of the English language with this exhibit from the world’s largest Shakespeare collection.

Play Your Part – Information Session and Call for Programmatic Proposals

When: Wednesday September 30, 12pm or 5pm (you only need to attend one)
Where: Humanities Institute, Austin Building, Room 300-312
What:  Programmatic proposals to coincide with the national tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s tour of the First Folio: The Book That Brought Us Shakespeare, on exhibition at the Benton Museum from September 2-25, 2016.

From September 2-25, 2016 UConn will host the Folger Shakespeare Library’s tour of Shakespeare’s First Folio at the Benton Museum. We invite proposals for free programming that is open to the University and general public, connecting Shakespeare, his work and his world to your discipline. We especially invite programs that engage children and families.

The First Folio Tour is free and open to the public, and all activities are intended to encourage broad participation and engagement with the public, especially children and families. Activities should be conducted during the time period of September 2-25, 2016.

Attendance not required to submit a proposal.


Applications are due no later than October 23, 2015. Completed applications can be submitted electronically to or via campus mail to Emma Romano, U-1127.

Steering Committee

In order to ensure the success of this exhibition, a steering committee with representation from various departments at UConn has been formed.

John Bell, Director, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Kenneth Best, University Communications
Pamela Brown, Associate Professor, English
Lindsay Cummings, Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies, Dramatic Arts
Elizabeth Hart, Associate Professor, English
Brendan Kane, Associate Director of the Humanities Institute, Associate Professor, History
Clare King’oo, Associate Professor, Honors Program Director, English
Frank Mack, Associate Professor, Arts Administration
Jean Nihoul, Assistant Curator & Academic Project Coordinator, Benton Museum of Art
Matthew J. Pugliese, Managing Director, Connecticut Repertory Theatre
Emma Romano, Graduate Assistant, MFA Arts Administration
Dale AJ Rose, Director of Performance Studies Program, Dramatic Arts
Gregory Semenza, Associate Professor, English
Nancy Stula, Executive Director, Benton Museum of Art
Kristin Wold, Assistant Professor in Residence, Performance, Dramatic Arts