Hadley Kamminga-Peck  |  Breakout Session

Hadley is joined by Wendy Franz for a session called "Gender-flipping Shakespeare: joys, challenges, and the bottom line"

About this session: Over the past five years the Colorado Shakespeare Festival has sought to improve gender parity and increase diversity and inclusion in its casting of the festival season. Gender-flipping traditionally male lead characters within Shakespeare’s canon has been a powerful tool in this effort. We’ll discuss integrating a gender parity goal with conceptualization, resultant ripple effects of non-traditional casting, and case studies that debunk myths about strong women and ticket sales.

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About Hadley

Hadley Kamminga-Peck completed her PhD in theatre history and criticism at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Theatre History and head of the MFA in Directing at Western Illinois University. She received her BA in drama and Italian from Colorado College and her master's degree in acting from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts. She comes from the Twin Cities, Minnesota, where she worked for the Guthrie Theater. At CSF, she has served as dramaturg, assistant director, interim education manager, Shakespeare's Sprites counselor and onstage prompter for the original practices productions.