Asburians Study at Shakespeare’s Globe

A group of Asbury University students, faculty and recent graduates enjoy world-class acting instruction at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
Bryce Hockema '18 finds time for extra line memorization.

WILMORE, Ky. — All the world’s a stage, and through the rest of this week, Asburians are the players. Through a one-of-a-kind travel course program offered by Asbury University, students, faculty and recent alumni are enjoying world-class instruction — while earning academic credit — at Shakespeare’s Globe in London, England. 

Learn more about Asbury's Theatre & Cinema Performance program.

A re-creation of the original Globe Theatre where many of William Shakespeare’s works were originally performed, Shakespeare’s Globe offering an inspiring backdrop to expert theatre instruction. 

“Asbury Theatre students are studying Shakespearean acting with some of the best practitioners in London,” said Dr. Jim Shores, chair of the Department of Communication, Worship Arts & Theatre. “This is one of many ways Asbury’s Theatre & Cinema Performance program challenges students and enriches their experience.” 

Highlights of the program include:

  • Coaching in scenes from Macbeth by Dickon Terrell, who will be appearing with Martin Freeman in the West End this fall, and who acted for 25 years in the Royal Court, Globe, & Royal Shakespeare Academy.
  • Training in movement from Maria Clarke (Royal Shakespeare Company) in Movement; text and verse work with Simon Dormandy (Royal Shakespeare Company); stage combat with Phillip Stafford (The British Academy of Stage & Screen Combat); voice with Yvonne Morley (Royal National Theatre).
  • Scene work on The Globe stage and a performance on the Sam Wanamaker Stage.
  • Attending eight performances (five Shakespeare and three modern works) in the West End, The Globe, and at the National Theatre.

A group of Asbury University students, faculty and recent graduates enjoy world-class acting instruction at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
From left: Daniel Moye '20, Gabe Chandler '16 and Dr. Jim Shores rehearse on the Sam Wanamaker stage.

“In only three days’ time, I have not only understood Shakespeare more immensely but also the art of acting human nature itself,” said Brooke Butterworth ’17. “I have learned that Shakespeare's verse develops from the very pulse of our heart. The stages of the Globe and Sam Wanamaker playhouse that we walk on every day are tied to the history of theatre. The greatest storytellers and actors of that and this time have been on the very stages we are rehearsing on every day.”

Bryce Hockema ’18 says interacting with talented actors and professionals has stretched his skills and broadened his perspective as an actor. Experiencing theater in London has also given him a deeper appreciation for the power of the arts to reveal God’s beauty and goodness.

“Whether through visuals, music, color, song, God is drawn into central focus,” Hockema said. “When given the skills and tools, our art becomes yet another way that the Holy Spirit can work through us to praise God.”

To learn more about Asbury's Theatre & Cinema Performance program, visit: asbury.edu/Theatre.

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