We're delighted to announce that our 2016-17 series will commence at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, with a remarkable brother-sister act. One of our most popular SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE guests over the last decade and a half has been Adam Gopnik of the New Yorker. Many of Adam's admirers are unaware that his sister Alison, a professor of psychology and philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, is also a distinguished author, and one who publishes a widely read column in the Wall Street Journal. Her latest book is one that focuses on the importance of play in early childhood development, and a preview of it appeared recently in the New York Times. Alison and Adam Gopnik occasionally allude to each other's work, but it is rare for them to appear together in conversation. As usual, the Guild's John Andrews will preside over the discussion, and we expect a good deal of audience participation in what promises to be another engaging event at the National Arts Club in Manhattan. Click here for details about that and about upcoming programs with NYU's Louis Scheeder (Wednesday, October 5) and Shane Ann Younts (Wednesday, December 20).
We'll soon be announcing the recipient of our 2016 Gielgud Award, to be presented in London's venerable Guildhall on Sunday, October 9. Last autumn we were in that beautiful setting for a Gielgud ceremony that took place in conjunction with a gala UK Theatre Awards luncheon on Sunday, Octover 18. Our 2015 trophy went to Dame Eileen Atkins, an artist whose versatility both as an acclaimed performer and as a gifted scriptwriter has become legendary. Presenting the 2015 Gielgud Award was our 2008 honoree, Sir Patrick Stewart, and among the many things that made the occasion special was the fact that it occurred only three days after the 94th birthday of a visionary leader who estasblished Actors From The London Stage, an influential educational program with which Sir Patrick has been associated from the outset. AFTLS is now celebrating its 40th anniversary, and the Guild saluted this milestone with a special tribute, not only to a highly influential initiative and its founder, Professor Homer "Murph" Swander (center, at a 1998 London reception with John Andrews and Sir Derek Jacobi), but to everyone who has been involved with the outreach it represents, among them such dedicated administrators as Alan and Cynthia Dessen, Peter Holland, Scott Jackson, and actress Eunice Roberts (pictured here in a Matt Humphrey photograph with Sir Patrick Stewart and the Guild's John Andrews).
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