Characters we care about. Lively dialogue. Conspiracy. Murder. Politics. Love. Sex. Ghosts. No, we’re not talking about an editor’s wish list. April’s Writing Show is all about Shakespeare. The legendary playwright is now regarded as “refined” and “literary,” but we often forget that he wrote for the mass medium of his day. There’s a lot the bard can teach writers about storytelling, not to mention poetry.

Join us for a panel moderated by Rebekah L. Pierce and find out what you can learn from the world’s most beloved wordsmith.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016


6:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Meet & Greet at 6:00; program starts at 6:45)


Firehouse Theatre 1609 West Broad Street


$12 – Members; $15 Non-members ($5 for students)

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Addie Barnhart, Education Director for the Quill Theatre

Addie Barnhart is a graduate of the M.F.A Acting program at Louisiana State University, where she had
Photo of Addie Barnhart the pleasure of working with Swine Palace as a resident ensemble member in the Shakespeare focused company. After receiving her B.F.A from Missouri State University, Addie worked across the U.S. as an actor, director, and teaching artist, specifically working with young people to build community, foster creativity and teach life skills while devising work and exploring the classics. Currently, she serves as the education director for Quill Theatre, where she recently directed the educational tour of Romeo and Juliet. She will be playing Portia in The Merchant of Venice this summer at Agecroft Hall. Before relocating to Richmond, Addie produced, wrote, and starred in her own solo show The Weight of Smoke, a play adapted from stories of eight characters from Greek Mythology.

Matt Davies, Actor, Director, Assistant Professor

Matt Davies is an Assistant Professor in the MLitt/MFA Shakespeare and Performance program at Mary Baldwin and a professional actor and director of twenty years standing in the UK and the US. An associate director of renowned Shakespeare company Actors From The London Stage, Matt has been touring the States since 1999.

Photo of Matt DaviesHe began his graduate studies at UT Austin in 2004 and defended his Ph.D dissertation in the summer of 2012. Earning three fellowships and a graduate teaching award while at UT, Matt also continued working professionally in the city’s vibrant theater community. Alongside UK national acting awards for two new works, Our Boys and Misconceptions, Matt has received numerous B. Iden Payne and Critics Circle awards and nominations for his classical work for Texas theater companies Austin Shakespeare, Hidden Room, and the Chekhov-based Breaking String, of which he is a founding member. Matt has directed both the classics and new works in London, Glasgow, Houston, and Austin.

Moderator Rebekah L. Pierce

Photo of Rebekah L. Pierce  Rebekah L. Pierce is an avid playwright and author with her works focusing on contemporary women and their search for purpose and identity. She received her MA in English with a concentration in Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002, which is where she wrote her first play,The Myth. In 2006, Mrs. Pierce placed as an alternate in the 2006 Virginia Commission of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship for her works, Perfect and The Myth, which were produced and staged in local theaters in Richmond, VA in 2004 & 2005. In 2007, she wrote and produced her third play, Bell Blu, the story of a young woman determined to fight poverty, marital rape, and domestic violence for the chance to live her own life. This play placed 3rd in the Venus Theatre Festival 2013 in New York. Rebekah is on the Board of James River Writers.

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