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The Virtual Bard: Shakespeare in the Arb Is Online for 2020

This would have been the 20th-anniversary year celebration of Shakespeare in the Arb, with an entire month of performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But nature intervened, and like every event at the University of Michigan this spring and summer, the live performances of Shakespeare in the Arb have been canceled. Together with the University of Michigan Residential College, Matthaei-Nichols plans to bring the show back in 2021 with a full month of performances.

In the meantime, please enjoy these Shakespeare in the Arb videos, interviews, essays, and more online this 2020 season from the comfort and safety of your home. Throughout the month of June we’ll be adding content to this page. Check back here often or visit our social media @mbgna. Thank you!

Watch: A Message from Kate Mendeloff, Graham Atkin, and Carol Gray, directors of Shakespeare in the Arb

Watch a scene from Shakespeare in the Arb’s Romeo and Juliet.

SITA Book Junior-1

Read stories about the cast, characters, productions, history, and people of Shakespeare in the Arb and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Photo Gallery: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

Photographer Kent McCormick captured scenes from many Shakespeare in the Arb productions over the years. The photos in this gallery bring to life the drama and spectacle of past Midsummer Night’s Dream performances. (Click on any photo to bring up a slide show of the galley.)


Watch: a video by the University of Michigan Out of the Blue channel on the 2015 performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare 360: Watch a performance of a scene from Romeo and Juliet created by University of Michigan Social. 

Shakespeare in the Arb Romeo and Juliet

A Note from Director Kate Mendeloff

Director Kate Mendeloff writes about a 20th-anniversary celebration of Shakepeare in the Arb that almost was, and our plans to bring the production back in 2021.

Hear the music, voices, and creative forces – human, natural, and otherwise – behind the successful program, Shakespeare in the Arb (SITA).