Lincoln Memorial University

Appalachian Shakespeare Project

The Appalachian Shakespeare Project is an outdoor theatrical production sponsored by Arts in the Gap and Lincoln Memorial University. ASP is the brainchild of Mark McGinley who originated ASP's mission: "to adapt the classic works of William Shakespeare to work in an Appalachian setting." This year, under the direction of Joe Gill and guidance of LMU’s Dr. Natalie Spar,  ASP formed a team of writers consisting of students from LMU's  English department to adapt Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Nigth's Dream to the culture and dialect of Appalachia. Prior year’s production of Moonshine Macbeth, As You Like It and Taming of the Shrew have been set in either the pioneer era of Daniel Boone or 1940's, however this year we will explore the Cumberland Gap in today's modern culture. Shakespeare’s works transcend time and place to tell stories about people we all know, and some of his tales seem to be natural fits for certain periods in our history, and we want to explore all of them.

Performances take place at the LMU outside Amphitheatre on the main campus and are free and open to the public.

Performances: July 12, 13 and 14th -   Time 6:30PM. For more information, click here to see the events calendar



About Joe Gill

Joe Gill is the Assistant Professor of Theater at Lincoln Memorial University and the new Director of the Arts in the Gap.  Joe has worked in theatre all over the country and is now planting roots in Tennessee.  He holds an MFA in Contemporary Performance from Naropa University and a Master Degree in Theatre (emphasis in Directing) from California State University Los Angeles.  

Over the last 25 years he has directed, performed and produced in many Los Angeles and New York venues. In Los Angeles, Joe co-founded Mijo Productions and is also a member of Moving Arts, Shumka Dance/Theatre Company and before moving to the Gap, he recently worked with Denver’s Curious Theatre.   Joe has directed shows such as THE CRUCIBLE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, EURYDICE and GLIMPSES…THE RISING DAWN (devised work created in response to the Aurora Shootings).  

Joe has also facilitated many theatre workshops focused on self-scripted performances: working with urban children in Los Angeles, Homeless women in downtown Los Angeles, and young men dealing with substance abuse in Boulder, CO.


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