Shakespeare expert James Shapiro takes an informal and informed approach to looking at the great man of letters. In conversation with Bell Shakespeare Associate Director James Evans, James Shapiro explains why Shakespeare has so much to offer the current generation. Come prepared with questions of your own for this lively session.

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James Shapiro (International)

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James Shapiro is one of the world’s experts on Shakespeare. He is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and has widely published on Shakespeare and Elizabethan culture, with bestselling books including 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? His latest offering, 1606: The Year of Lear, was listed among the best books of the year in various publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and The New Statesman. James is a governor of the Folger Shakespeare Library, on the board of directors of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at New York's Public Theater, and in 2011 was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

James Evans (Australian)

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James Evans is associate director at Bell Shakespeare. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (Acting) and holds a MA (English) from the University of Sydney. He most recently appeared as Buckingham in Bell Shakespeare’s production of Richard III. James co-wrote and presented the acclaimed iPad app Starting Shakespeare, and co-directed the ABC online series Shakespeare Unbound. As a facilitator, James has conducted hundreds of Shakespeare masterclasses in schools, universities, theatres and juvenile detention centres across Australia, Asia and the US.

Jamila Rizvi (Australian)

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Jamila is a writer, presenter and commentator. She writes a weekly political column for News Limited and appears regularly on Channel 10, ABC and SBS. She was previously editor-in-chief of the Mamamia Women's Network and prior to entering the media, she worked for the Rudd and Gillard Governments. Jamila's first book is Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women. It will be published in 2017.