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Murray Biggs

Special YET Lecturer, English and Theater Studies
Theater Studies

Biggs_murray Murray Biggs, semi-retired Adjunct Associate Professor of English, Theater Studies, and most recently Film at Yale, is known throughout the campus and with alumni everywhere for his dynamic teaching style that inspires great enthusiasm and active participation. He has led week-long theater seminars in various locations: in London; at the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, and at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake; as well as in Ireland and at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. He also offers theater weekends in major cities in the U.S., most regularly in New York City, Sand Diego, and Sarasota. In 2016 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach. Although retired from regular teaching, Professor Murray Biggs is still widely active at and for Yale.

Professor Biggs was born in England, brought up in South Africa, and returned to England as a Rhodes Scholar to take his second degree (in English) at Oxford, where he afterwards taught for two years. He later studied acting and for a time performed professionally in Boston. He worked at MIT for ten years, mainly as founder and first Director of the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble. He also taught at Wellesley, Berkeley, and the University of Connecticut before joining the Yale faculty in 1986. He has published many articles and reviews, especially about Shakespeare and his contemporaries in performance. In 1991 he edited a collection of essays, The Arts of Performance in Elizabethan and Early Stuart Drama. He has directed over 40 plays, a third of them from the English Renaissance.

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Upcoming programs with Murray Biggs

  > New York Theater Weekend II - 10/25/2019 - 10/27/2019
  > London Spring Theater Seminar - 03/18/2020 - 03/26/2020
  > London Fall Theater Seminar - 10/07/2020 - 10/15/2020

Past programs with Murray Biggs

  > London Fall Theater Seminar - 10/09/2019 - 10/17/2019
  > New York Theater Weekend I - 10/18/2019 - 10/20/2019