The CAPITAL Centre brings together academics and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. This page provides information about the CAPITAL team based at Warwick and links to their work at the centre.
Team CAPITAL: up-dates
Jonathan Bate's team for Collaborative Plays by Shakespeare and Others is now complete, with the appointment of Dr Will Sharpe to join Dr Jan Sewell as the project's second post-doctoral fellow.
Jonathan Heron has directed Lorca's Play Without a Title in a world premiere of a new version by David Johnston. The production sits at the heart of Fail Better's residency which sees the company returning to it's birthplace to work with current Warwick students In his capacity as CAPITAL Research Associate, he is developing the e-learning resource Re-Performing Performance (Shakespeare archives in teaching and learning). This year he will also be running workshops for the Cultural Policy Studies, English, Warwick Business School, Philosophy and Chemistry.
Nick Monk, in addition to continuing his research into performance and pedagogy – principally a longitudinal study of EN301, ‘Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists’ – is teaching ‘Drama, Performance, and Identity’, ‘Literature in the Modern World’, and a module on Shakespeare for the Centre for Lifelong Learning. For the Chemistry Department, Nick is organising workshops on the periodic table for all first year students. He has planned workshops for the Learning and Development Centre, the Graduate School, the Warwick Business School, and the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies. Nick also has responsibility for postgraduate tutors in the English Department this year.
Tony Howard's exhibition on Paul Robeson’s work on Othello which celebrates this great black American actor’s historic 1959 performance in Stratford-upon-Avon has toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s new production of Othello that opened at Warwick Arts Centre in January 2009. Theexhibition is likely to be seen in Lonodn, Birmingham and Glasgow in the coming year.
Tom Cornford is Artist in Residence 2008/9. A freelance theatre director whose most recent credits include Now is the Hour (Edinburgh Fringe) and The Faerie Queen (Sadler’s Wells), Tom is starting his PhD. (currently titled – he says – ‘something like’ Psycho-Physical Readings of Dramatic Texts). Also this year he has been working with stduents on en extended project on Hamlet, investigating the play through rehearsal and performance and by partially re-creating the lost or never-made Hamlets of Stanislavsky and Edward Gordon Craig, Meyerhold, Michael Chekhov and Andrey Tarkovsky. The project will culminate in a performance, lecture and exhibition at The CAPITAL Centre in April.
Perry Mills is sharing the result of his Fellowship project on the boy actor with a series of performances and presentations of excerpts from the work of John Lyly and Thomas Middleton at Warwick, Shakespeare's Globe and University College, Oxford, culminating in a day school at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon on 25 March.
Stephen Shapiro has just completed his Fellowship in Creativity. He has been teaching Representing Depression, a project that brings together performance, memoirs, sociology of culture, political economy, and public health policy. He also curated Tracers: American Documentaries of the Twenty-first Century.
Andy Williams' Fellowship project ‘Text and Message’ explored traditional and contemporary influence in classical theatre graphic design. The results can been seen in Millburn House foyer experimenting with ways of presenting the RSC ensemble. Andy is head of Graphic Design at the Royal Shakespeare Company – and responsible for the stunning images you see advertising this year’s RSC season (Kate and Petruchio as Adam and Eve, Bottom as the Ass remembering Fuseli’s weird Dream painting).
Peter Blegvad, already well known for his work on the Warwick Writing Programme and as poet, graphic artist, and stand up comic, joins us as Fellow in Creativity. His project – ‘Imagine, Observe, Remember’ compares and contrasts the three mental faculties with which we apprehend and fabricate our realities and fictions. The outcome of his project, a series of workshops culminating in a performance of Imaginary Media, was completed in March 2009.
Carol Rutter is working on the Re-Performing Performance digital archive project which is set to go ‘live’ in April – just in time for the international conference CAPITAL is hosting, ‘If you have writ your annals true: Shakespeare, Performance and the Archive’, which will bring together academics and archivists who work on Shakespeare performance studies.
Susan Brock, formerly CAPITAL administrator and the Centre’s 'hard-drive', retired in 2013, but has kept her hand in, working with Tony Howard on his AHRC-funded project Multicultural Shakespeare in Britain 1930-2010 and with Paul Prescott on Shakespeare on the Road.
Paul Prescott runs 'Shakespeare from Page to Stage to Page', a CAPITAL-inspired module in which the ensemble sees a lot of theatre, writes a lot of reviews, and transforms a Shakespeare play into a new piece of theatre. He isconvenes and teaches Shakespeare (EN301) with and without chairs. As a Reinvention Centre Teaching Fellow, he is developing a new interdisciplinary module on the Faust myth, due to pilot in 2009-10. He is organising, with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Nottingham Trent University, a major conference on the art and craft of theatre reviewing in Sept 2009.
Jonothan Neelands manages and delivers CAPITAL's portfolio of postgraduate qualifications with the RSC. These include the PG Certificate in Teaching Shakespeare which is offered to teachers involved in the RSC's Learning and Performance Network and the PG Award for actors in the RSC companies. He is also involved in developing knowledge and capacity in Open Space Learning which is CAPITAL's key pedagogy initiative involving a range of departments and faculties exploring innovative and creative uses of drama workshop and performance approaches to student learning and teaching. Jonothan sits on the CAPITAL Advisory Board and other key committees and is working with colleagues in CAPITAL and the RSC to build a sustainable future for the partnership particulary in terms of how it impacts on the quality of student learning in HE