Associate Professor Sean Aita, Director of External Affairs will be travelling to Mexico City as a guest of The Anahuac University to take part in their International Encounter of Arts week.

The event, which is being held to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the deaths of two of the world’s greatest writers; Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote, and our own William Shakespeare, who died respectively on the 22nd and 23rd of April 1616. 

Sean will be presenting a formal lecture on Shakespeare’s Supernatural Characters, and will also be holding a practical workshop on the same subject with acting students.  Sean tells us that he chose the subject because you can work on parts like the Three Witches in Macbeth, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or Ariel from The Tempest, without having to worry too much about the language barrier. 

This will not be the first time that Sean has worked on Shakespeare outside the UK – He directed Twelfth Night in a renaissance castle in Styria with a cast of actors from across the EU, and he also held a masterclass on The Tempest working with students from the Schauspielschule at the Kunst Universität inGraz, Austria. 

Sean said: “It is fascinating working on Shakespeare with actors from different cultural backgrounds, as they can often bring a really interesting new perspective or reading to the works which can be extremely exciting.”