Shaking Up Shakespeare: Costume Design with Ronnie Chamberlain

Wednesday, June 21, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at the Cold Spring branch as we celebrate the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s First Folio!

Shaking Up Shakespeare is a year-long series taking place at the Cold Spring branch, where we will Shake Up the ways in which you view Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s works are timeless and have been the inspiration for many of our favorite modern-day tales. Join us each month as we explore four of Shakespeare’s most popular works through classroom-style discussions, theatrical performances, and popular movies inspired by the plays!


This month, Ronnie Chamberlain from Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts joins us for a lecture and discussion on theatrical costume design for Shakespearean productionsSee real costumes from the SOTA Theater Department and discuss how different costume choices affect the play.


About the Speaker:

Mrs. Chamberlain is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance in Costume Design and Technology at Northern Kentucky University. Mrs. Chamberlain embraces technology and is always looking to learn new software and technology to bring to her students and her design work. Professor Chamberlain is actively involved serving the arts community and the Greater Cincinnati Area with her students’ non-profit work through the Howard Scripps Center at NKU. Some of her favorite past designs include Pride and PrejudiceCabaretGodspellDisney’s Beauty and the Beast, and As You Like It.

What is The First Folio?

The First Folio, officially titled Mr. William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies, is a collection of Shakespeare’s works. Published in 1623, seven years after Shakespeare’s death, the First Folio is considered to be one of the most influential books in history. The First Folio contains plays which had never before appeared in print, including As You Like It, Julius CaesarMacbethThe Tempest, and many more. Without the First Folio, 18 of Shakespeare’s plays might have been lost forever.

To learn more about the First Folio, please visit the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Where can I read Shakespeare’s works?

You can find Shakespeare’s many works in our collection, both in physical and digital formats! Search by specific title or by author in the library’s catalog to place items on hold.

Some of Shakespeare’s works are always available in our digital collection! Visit Kentucky Libraries Unbound and log in with your library card number, or search “Shakespeare” in the Libby by Overdrive app! If you have never used Libby or Kentucky Libraries Unbound and are unsure how to get started, visit any of our branches to speak with an Information Services librarian for assistance.

To view a complete list of Shakespeare’s works, please visit the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Upcoming Events:

Join us on July 26th as we begin discussing The Taming of the Shrew! The first 15 registrants will receive a free copy of No Fear Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew, so make sure to reserve your spot! Registration opens on Saturday, May 27th.

Our discussion on The Taming of the Shrew continues in August and September!

On August 23rd, Kentucky Shakespeare returns to perform some key scenes from The Taming of the Shrew! Registration opens on Saturday, June 24th.

On September 20th, experience this classic tale on the big screen with a modern-day film retelling! Registration opens on Saturday, July 22nd.


This event is open to all ages.

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Age Range:   All Ages

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