For several decades, Chicanx and Indigenous theatermakers have been repurposing Shakespeare's plays to reflect the histories and lived realities of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands and to create space to tell stories of and for La Frontera. Celebrating this rich tradition, The Bard in the Borderlands: An Anthology of Shakespeare Appropriations en La Frontera brings a wide range of Borderlands Shakespeare plays together for the first time in a multi-volume open-access scholarly edition. The first volume features plays based on Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet as well as introductions that will be helpful for teaching these exciting new interpretations.
The Borderlands Shakespeare Colectiva (BSC) is a group of scholars, educators, artists, and activists who engage with Shakespeare in ways that reflect the lived realities of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands. Using decolonial and community-accountable approaches, BSC amplifies the world-making power of the region’s languages, traditions, and ways of knowing. BSC aims not only to change the way Shakespeare is taught and performed but also to promote the socially just futures envisioned en el arte de La Frontera.
To learn more about the Borderlands Shakespeare Colectiva, and its co-founders Katherine Gillen (Texas A&M University-San Antonio), Adrianna M. Santos (Texas A&M University-San Antonio), and Kathryn Vomero Santos (Trinity University), explore this recent interview on Texas Public Radio's Fronteras and this Axios Latino article, "Reimagining Shakespeare through Latino and Indigenous lenses."
In partnership with Humanities Texas, the Borderlands Shakespeare Colectiva will hold a professional development webinar to introduce the first volume of The Bard in the Borderlands: An Anthology of Shakespeare Appropriations en La Frontera and discuss how teachers might use it in their classrooms.
Wednesday, September 13, 2023
5:00–6:30 p.m. CT
Teachers interested in attending should complete the online application form as soon as possible, as admissions are rolling and space is limited. You must be a registered participant to attend.
The webinar is made possible with support from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.