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Nora J. Williams

Nora J. Williams holds a PhD in early modern drama, and is currently on the job market. She's also a teacher, actor, director, and singer, sometime all at once. She likes Shakespeare, but doesn't like, like him. You can find out more about her work at http://norajwilliams.hcommons.org and on Twitter @noraj_williams. 

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Controlling the Narrative
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Controlling the Narrative

Gendered Violence on the Contemporary Stage

7 July 2019

Nora J. Williams launches the staging gendered violence series, talks about the importance of creating responsible cultural representations of assault, and introduces the contributors of the series.

Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century
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Taking Shakespeare’s Measure in the Twenty-First Century

Dr. Nora Williams and Measure (Still) for Measure

3 April 2018

Dr. Nora Williams joins us to talk about Measure (Still) for Measure, a devised theatre project in the US that revises Shakespeare's infamous "problem play" in order to engage with issues such as sexual consent.

A Game at Chess
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A Game at Chess

The Most Controversial Play You’ve Never Heard Of

10 August 2017

Following the controversy around the Public’s Shakespeare in the Park Julius Caesar production, Nora Williams provides a parallel story about a play that was censored and caused the Globe to be shut down in 1624 because it depicted living monarchs unfavorably.

Seriously, Calm Down
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Seriously, Calm Down

A Healthy Dose of #Shakespeare400 Skepticism

11 July 2016

Renaissance scholar Nora J. Williams discusses the #Shakespeare400 celebrations, and the myth that Shakespeare is the “greatest playwright” in the English language.

Staging Gendered Violence
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Staging Gendered Violence

The question of how to stage gendered violence ethically and responsibly is not new, but it is newly urgent as we approach the third decade of the twenty-first century.

Devising!
Avant-garde theatre.
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Devising!

Recommended reading/watching/listening for DRA1012 Research & Performance students