2014 Speaker Series

Tuesday, February 17th - 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Bainbridge Public Library, Community Room. Free Event – All are Welcome

"A History of English from the Anglo-Saxons to Shakespeare” with Tom Challinor.

This talk will help both writers and readers understand the special attributes and the idiosyncrasies of English in a way that is both fun and informative.English changed more in the 100 years before Shakespeare was born than it has changed in the 450 years since. "Where did it come from and what processes shaped our mother tongue? We acquire language before we have the capacity to understand what it is and how it operates, lessons we only learn when we study a foreign language.” Tom Challinor will ask and answer these questions. He is the Director of The Shakespeare Society at Bainbridge Performing Arts. An educator, actor, and stage director, he has over twenty years of teaching experience in English, history, and drama.  

Wednesday, April 22nd – 7:00 – 8:30 PM

Poulsbo Public Library, Community Room. Free Event – All are Welcome

"Shakespeare and the Authorship Issue” with Tom Challinor.

There have long been doubts about the true identity of the writer who penned the masterpieces of the Elizabethan stage. This presentations—reasonably objective and only slightly biased—will cover the problems associated with the attribution to the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon man and look at some of the alternative candidates.Tom Challinor is the Director of The Shakespeare Society at Bainbridge Performing Arts. And educator, actor, and stage director, he has over twenty years of teaching experience in English, history, and drama. The BPA Shakespeare Society offers weekly classes on play reading and text appreciation, and produces an outdoor play in July at Bloedel Reserve as well as a Teen Shakes play in March.