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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Hyperion Shakespeare Company?

HSC is a Harvard College theater production company that organizes two Shakespeare shows a semester. We also host Shakespeare-related events and classes.

Who is a member of Hyperion?

Anyone who has performed or worked on the staff of a Hyperion show in the past is automatically a member.

How can I get involved?

If you like to act, you should definitely consider auditioning for one of our shows. We also have all kinds of technical opportunities available for folks who like to work behind the scenes, whether or not you have experience. One great way to find out more about Hyperion is to come to one of our shows.

Do you have a newsletter?

We sure do. You should also consider following us on Facebook if you want to stay informed about upcoming shows, classes, and events.

Is Hyperion just for undergrads?

No! Our shows are open to the public, so if you like Shakespeare and are looking for something to do, you should check one of them out. Also, anyone affiliated with the University is eligible to audition; we often cast graduate students in our shows.

Who runs Hyperion?

Hyperion is governed by a bench that includes a president, vice president, treasurer, and other members.

How can I study Shakespeare academically?

Here are some options:

  • Why Shakespeare? (Expos 20.041-20.044)
    If you’re a freshman and a Shakespeare fan, this course might be the perfect match for you.

  • Acting Shakespeare (Drama 115; offered in the Fall)
    A practical course in Shakespeare, which features text analysis, scene study, vocal work, and acting excercises.

  • Shakespeare, The Early Plays and Shakespeare, The Later Plays (English 123 and 124)
    THE course to take if you want to learn about Shakespeare’s work from an academic perspective. A lecture-based course.

Also, for Spring 2018 only, Shakespearean Tragedy (English 124d) with Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Greenblatt

Does Harvard own any cool Shakespeare artifacts?

Harvard owns a first folio (a first published edition of Shakespeare’s works). It is currently housed in the Memorial Room of Widener Library.