The Royal Shakespeare Company will host a Learning Residency at Davidson Thursday, Sept. 8 – Sunday, Sept. 11.

The residency will center on a film of the company’s 2019 production of The Taming of the Shrew, which is gender-reversed. This film will be screened twice so participants in other sessions of the residency will have a frame of reference.

Members of the RSC who will be with us are Joseph Arkley, who plays the role of Katherina in Shrew and who is a trained educator; Leigh Toney, who was assistant director for Shrew and who is working on a dramatic adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s massive novel The Mirror and the Light; Tom King, Learning Partnerships Manager at the RSC and another experienced educator; and Victoria Cholmondeley, Education Partnerships Manager at the RSC.

The Royal Shakespeare Company Learning Residency at Davidson is sponsored by Davidson Arts and Creative Engagement, English Department, The Bacca Foundation Visiting Scholar and Artist Program, Smith Artist Series and Donna Peters ’89.

Events & Workshops

Thursday, September 8

Event Description Time & Location Registration

The Taming of the Shrew Film Screening

This year's RSC Residency will center on a film of the company’s 2019 production of The Taming of the Shrew, which is gender-reversed.

9 p.m.

Duke Family Performance Hall

Open to the Public

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Friday, September 9

Event Description Time & Location Registration

From Page to Stage: Enacting a Written Script

How does a director approach creating a production and what choices does the process involve? Presented by Leigh Toney, RSC Associate Director.

9:30 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Room 100, Cunningham Theatre Center

Students

Register

The Story of Shrew

What Happens in this Ornately Plotted play? Presented by Joseph Arkley, RSC Actor.

9:30 a.m.–10:20 a.m.

Room 201, Sloan Music Center

Students By Invitation Only

The Game of the Scene

How do directors, actors and readers find tension that shapes a Shakespeare scene? Through what techniques do they explore relationships between characters to keep the scene alive? Presented by Joseph Arkley, RSC Actor, and Leigh Toney, RSC Associate Director.

2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Duke Family Performance Hall

Open to the Public

Register

Active Pedagogy

Exploring classroom approaches adapted from theatre practices. A session for faculty. Presented by Tom King, Learning Partnerships Manager at the RSC.

2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

C. Shaw Smith 900 Room

Faculty & Staff

Register

The Taming of the Shrew Film Screening + Panel Discussion

This year's RSC Residency will center on a film of the company’s 2019 production of The Taming of the Shrew, which is completely gender-reversed. Following the film will be a panel discussion with Joseph Arkley, Leigh Toney, Tom King, moderated by Professor Cynthia Lewis.

7 p.m.

Duke Family Performance Hall 

Open to the Public

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Saturday, September 10

Event Description Time & Location Registration

Viewing of the Hilary Mantel Interview

Screening of an hour-long interview with novelist Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, Bring up the Bodies, and The Mirror and the Light, by Jenny McIntosh, a deputy chair of the RSC.

9 a.m–10 a.m.

Duke Family Performance Hall 

Open to the Public

Inside The Rehearsal Room

Inside the Rehearsal Room for the RSC stage production of The Mirror and the Light. Presented by Leigh Toney, RSC Associate Director.

10 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Duke Family Performance Hall

Open to the Public

Beginning Shakespeare

How to Engage K-12 Students in the plays. Presented by Tom King, Learning Partnerships Manager at the RSC.

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

C. Shaw Smith 900 Room

Open to the Public

Register

The Story of Shrew

What Happens in this Ornately Plotted play? Presented by Joseph Arkley, RSC Actor.

11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Barber Theatre

Open to the Public

Register

Shakespeare Now

Why work on 400-year-old Plays by a dead white guy? Presented by Tom King, Learning Partnerships Manager at the RSC.

1 p.m.–2 p.m

Barber Theatre

Open to the Public

Register

Voice and Movement

Active Approaches.  How the work of Cicely Berry affects an actor’s approach to characterization.

Presented by Joseph Arkley, RSC Actor.

2 p.m.–4 p.m.

Room 100, Cunningham Theatre Center

Students

Register

Directing New Writing

What makes working on new writing different? How do you approach contemporary texts when the writer might be in the room with you? 

Presented by Leigh Toney, RSC Associate Director.

2 p.m.–4 p.m.

C. Shaw Smith 900 Room

Open to the Public

Register

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Sunday, September 11

Event Description Time & Location Registration

Playing Kate

Unpacking the gender-reversed approach to Kate in the 2019 production of The Taming of the Shrew.  Presented by Joseph Arkley, RSC Actor.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Room 100, Cunningham Theatre Center

Open to the Public

Register

Directors’ and Producers’ Pitching Session

How to shape ideas and convey them to someone who can underwrite a production. Coffee with Leigh Toney, RSC Associate Director.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Summit Outpost, on-campus

Students By Invitation Only

Tackling What’s Problematic in Shakespeare

How does a production come to terms with DEI challenges such as those involving gender, race, or disability? Presented by Leigh Toney, RSC Associate Director.

1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Duke Family Performance Hall

Open to the Public

Register

Approaches To Building A Character

An active workshop with RSC actor Joseph Arkley.

2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. 

Room 100, Cunningham Theatre Center

Students

Register

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The RSC creates world class opportunities in the UK and around the world for students to learn about, shape, produce and make performances of Shakespeare’s work. We are thrilled to be returning to Davidson College with a programme focusing on The Taming of the Shrew.  We know that the theatre making process provides so many rich learning opportunities and that the combination of Shakespeare’s language and teaching approaches from our rehearsal rooms can unlock creative potential, revealing new ways of seeing ourselves and the world around us. We are excited to be working in partnership with Davidson to challenge and explore Shakespeare’s plays, making new discoveries together and enabling students to develop skills for work and for life.  We hope this sows the seeds for a long term relationship with the College.

Jacqui Hanon, RSC Director of Learning

Royal Shakespeare Company 

Members of the RSC who will be on campus hosting workshops and events.

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Joseph Arkley from the Royal Shakespeare Company

Joseph Arkley

Joseph Arkley has performed extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2009. In his debut season he played Tybalt in Rupert Goold’s acclaimed Romeo and Juliet and Octavius Caesar in Lucy Bailey’s production of Julius Caesar. Both shows transferred to the Park Avenue Armoury in New York.

His most recent work with the company included Katherine in Justin Audibert’s gender reversed production of Taming of the Shrew and Lucio in Greg Doran’s Measure for Measure.

Arkley has a long relationship with Richard III, having played Rivers alongside Ralph Fiennes’ incarnation of the role, as well as playing the title role himself in Perth, Scotland in 2018.

Screen work has led him to playing the great physicist David Bohm opposite Geoffrey Rush’s Einstein in Genius for National Geographic.

More recently he has finished work on The Capture for NBC Universal/BBC and a new Star Wars series for Disney +, Andor. Both are due to be screened in August 2022. 


RSC Tom King

Tom King

Tom King has previously been both an assistant and associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company working with previous artistic directors Michael Boyd and Gregory Doran on developing new writing. He has directed work for the Young Vic theatre in London, the Rose Theatre and shows in the West End. 

As an educator, King is a visiting lecturer at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, served as education associate at Headlong theatre and run numerous education projects for theatres, including the National Theatre and Old Vic.

As a qualified special needs teacher King has a particular interest in access to the arts and has devised work in prisons, pupil referral units (alternative education spaces) and various SEND schools.


RSC Leigh Toney

Leigh Toney

Leigh Toney’s work as associate director includes The Mirror and the Light (West End); The Da Vinci Code (UK Tour); the RSC UK and International tour of Measure for Measure; Murder for Two (The Other Palace/Watermill/UK tour); The Moderate Soprano (West End); Beowulf (Unicorn Theatre); and Working (Southwark Playhouse).

Toney’s assistant director credits include Taming of the Shrew (RSC/UK tour); The Borrowers (Watermill); The Cardinal (Southwark Playhouse); Peter and the Starcatcher (Royal and Derngate); and Eliza and the Wild Swans (Bike Shed Theatre).

Toney has directed Under My Skin (Pegasus Theatre), and Wirework (Tristan Bates). Toney has worked extensively with young people, including directing Shooting Truth (The Drum/National Theatre) as part of NT Connections.

Toney is a Leverhulme Arts Scholar and recipient of the JMK Leverhulme Regional Assistant Director Bursary and inaugural MGC Futures Bursary.