Adam Sheaffer

Adam Sheaffer
CSPAC 1801

Adam is thrilled to be both teaching acting this semester, while finishing up coursework.  This past summer he performed with the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company at their outdoor venue in Ellicott City, and was delighted to be back on the boards.  He will be participating in the ASTR Conference in November as part of the Shakespeare Focus Group, and hopes to present at the MATC conference in March.  


BA in Philosophy (UW-Madison); MFA in Acting (UNC-Chapel Hill); MA in Theatre/Performance Studies (Eastern Michigan University)

Professional Affiliations:

Shakespeare Association of America; American Society for Theatre Research; Mid-America Theatre Conference

Research Activities:

Adam’s primary area of research is Shakespeare in Performance, broadly speaking, and Outdoor Shakespeare more specifically.  He is currently looking at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theatre, and how it has evolved as an artistic and civic institution over the last 60 years.  Of particular interest are the ways the NYSF has both mythologized itself as an institution, and fostered intimate connections with New York City’s municipal and artistic landscape through the years.  Other areas of interest are Acting Theory, Original Practices in Shakespeare, Shakespeare in American Culture, and Critical Theory.