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An Evening with S&S Director Barbara Gaines

July 7, 2016 @ 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM PDT

Director Barbara Gaines will speak to our JASNA region and the general public about the current adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel “Sense and Sensibility.”  She will speak about directing a play and music aligned with the plot and characters in Jane Austen’s novel.  We will be gathering questions to ask Barbara at our June meeting.  Please be thinking about what you’d like her to discuss or elaborate on.

NOTE: Our original program included an interview with Paul Gordon. He will unfortunately not be able to join us for the event.

A little history about Ms. Gaines:
BARBARA GAINES is the founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Shakespeare Theater, where she has directed more than thirty of Shakespeare’s plays. Honors include: the 2008 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre; the prestigious Honorary OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in recognition of her contributions strengthening British-American cultural relations; and Joseph Jefferson Awards for Best Production (HamletCymbelineKing Lear and The Comedy of Errors), and for Best Director (CymbelineKing Lear and The Comedy of Errors). She received the Public Humanities Award from the Illinois Humanities Council, the Spirit of Loyola Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Birmingham UK. She serves on the Shakespearean Council of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London and is a Life Trustee of Northwestern University. She directed Giuseppe Verdi’s Macbeth for the Lyric Opera.

Gaines grew up in the suburbs of New York City and is the daughter of a film director. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1968, she worked as an actress in New York City and Chicago. She also taught Shakespeare classes for actors in Chicago before founding the Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) in 1986. With the company she has directed more than 30 plays by William Shakespeare; productions which have garnered more than 35 Joseph Jefferson Awards (3 times for Gaines personally as Best Director) and 3 Laurence Olivier Awards. In 2008, the company was awarded the prestigious Regional Theatre Tony Award.

Outside of her work with CST, Gaines is currently a member of the Shakespearean Council for the Globe Theatre in London. She has also served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, is a member of Chicago’s Cultural Affairs Advisory Board, and is a Life Trustee of Northwestern University. In 2005 she was named an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Her other honours include honorary doctorates from Dominican University and Lake Forest College, the Spirit of Loyola Award from Loyola University Chicago, and the Public Humanities Award from the Illinois Humanities Council. She recently directed the Lyric Opera of Chicago‘s 2010 production of Giuseppe Verdi‘sMacbeth


July 7, 2016
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM PDT
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The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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