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Tina Packer is founder, president, and artistic director of Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox, Massachusetts. Packer is an award-winning playwright, director, and actor. She directs the company's teaching team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Shakespeare Ensemble and teaches at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Columbia University Business School. She is co-author, with John Whitney, of Power Plays: Shakespeare's Lessons in Leadership and Management (Simon & Schuster, 2000). Born in England, Packer trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she won the Ronson Award for Most Outstanding Performer. She was an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed in the West End at the Royal Court Theatre, as well as in repertory companies. Packer worked for the BBC and ITV television companies and in films before coming to the United States in 1973 with the intention of creating her own theatre company.

Stephen Greenblatt is The Cogan University Professor, Department of English, at Harvard University. He is the general editor of The Norton Shakespeare (Norton, 1997) and associate general editor of The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 7th edition (Norton, 1999). An accomplished essayist, he also is author of Practicing New Historicism, with Catherine Gallagher (University of Chicago, 2000); Marvelous Possessions: The Wonder of the New World (Clarendon Press, 1991); and Learning to Curse: Essays in Early Modern Culture (Routledge, 1990). His book, Hamlet in Purgatory (Princeton University Press) is forthcoming in 2001. Greenblatt has received a number of honors, awards, fellowships, and grants for his work. He received B.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University and B.A. and M.A. from Pembroke College, Cambridge.

Patsy Rodenburg is head of voice at the Royal National Theatre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She is one of the world's foremost voice and acting coaches, having taught and presented workshops in North America, Europe, Australia, Japan, and India. Through her London organization, The Voice and Speech Centre, Rodenburg offers consultation and seminars to performing artists, film companies, media, businesses, and therapists. She is the author of The Actor Speaks (St. Martin's, 2000), The Need for Words (Theatre Arts Books, 1993), and The Right to Speak (Routledge, 1993). She has been a distinguished visiting professor in the Theatre Division of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. She has worked with some of the most prestigious theatre companies in the world, including the Royal Shakespeare Company, the English Shakespeare Company, Cheek by Jowl, Theatre de Complicité, Shared Experience Theatre, the National Theatre of Greece, and Tokyo's Grand Kabuki Company. Patsy was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Ron Bashford, is an independent director in New York City. He has served as director of theatrical programming at Sequitur, a music ensemble. Recent credits include "Macbeth" at Syracuse Stage, Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" at the Hangar Theatre in Ithaca, and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Vermont Stage Company (VSC). He is co-founder and an associate artist of VSC, where he has directed "The Gift of the Magi" at the annual Vermont Young Playwrights Festival for the past four years. Bashford is also co-founder of Absolute Scratch, for which he has directed three evenings of new one-act plays in New York City. He holds an M.F.A. from the professional theatre training program at the University of Delaware and a B.A. in music from Amherst College. Planned in collaboration with Kathleen Juhl, Southwestern associate professor of theatre, and the Department of Theatre, Bashford will direct a three-person "Hamlet" on Thursday, February 8, Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10, during the symposium, as well as participate in a workshop and concluding panel-demonstration.

Their participation is partially underwritten by Southwestern's Sarofim School of Fine Arts.

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