Arts & Culture

Actors From The London Stage to Perform During Shakespeare at Grace

By Abby Phinney

The Grace College Languages, Literature and Communication Department is pleased to present the first-ever “Shakespeare at Grace.” This week-long, campus-wide series of events will celebrate the best of Shakespeare through speaking, music and performances, Oct. 18 – 21.

Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS), one of the oldest and most established touring Shakespeare companies in the world, will perform “Measure for Measure” by William Shakespeare in Grace College’s Little Theatre, located in Philathea Hall. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19, 20 and 21. Tickets are $10 for students and $15 general admission, and are available through Eventbrite.

“We’re thrilled to host some of the world’s best, classically trained Shakespeare performers and share their talent with the community,” said Dr. Lauren Rich, chair of the Languages, Literature and Communication Department at Grace College. Rich urges community members to purchase tickets soon. “We expect to sell out quickly,” she said. “You won’t want to miss this exceptional show! We’re bringing truly world-class theatre to our own Little Theatre.”

AFTLS is housed and workshopped in England with academic tours booked through the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Ind. AFTLS tours the country in the spring and fall, visiting almost 20 universities per year. The actors include Peter Pray, Ben Eagle, Dominic Gerrard, Wela Mbusi and Anna Wright. These award-winning performers trained at prestigious schools including the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, and the Drama Centre in London. Grace College is one of eight schools AFTLS will visit on their fall 2017 tour.  

In addition to dynamic performances, AFTLS will conduct a week-long residency program at Grace. “It’s our pleasure to host AFTLS in this capacity,” said Rich. “While at Grace, the team will provide workshops and other learning experiences to classes all over campus and at some local high schools.” AFTLS is committed to interacting with students and providing hands-on workshops that change the way participants view the performance arts.

Sponsors for Shakespeare at Grace include: The Grace College Languages, Literature & Communication Department; Grace’s Office of Faith, Learning & Scholarship, and the Elener R. (Norris) Grossman Excellence in Languages, Literature & Communication Fund. The Elener R. (Norris) Grossman Excellence in Languages, Literature and Communication Fund honors Grace alumna Elener “Ellie” Grossman (BA ’53, S ‘63). Ellie was a lifelong learner and consummate educator who taught English and journalism at the college and high school level for nearly a quarter of a century, including several years as an assistant professor at Grace College. Begun by her husband Gilbert and continued by her son Luke and daughter-in-law Dawn, this fund invests in the students and faculty of Grace College by sponsoring unique cultural and educational experiences.

To learn more, email Dr. Lauren Rich at