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Begun in 1992 to honor the late Professor Bernie McElroy,  the McElroy Shakespeare Celebration is an annual event hosted by Loyola University Chicago's Departments of English and Theatre.

Every year, the McElroy Shakespeare Celebration pairs Shakespearean scholarship given by a guest speaker with dramatic performances by both Loyola theatre majors (and often professional actors from the greater Chicagoland area) for an event that promises an experience of both intellectual stimulation and artistic delight.


This annual celebration is open and free to the public. Join Loyola University Chicago faculty and students as we learn more about Shakespeare's art through a unique experience of "tell" and "show!"

About the McElroy Shakespeare Celebration
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2019 Celebration: "Mischief and Modesty in Measure: Making Much Ado About Movement in Shakespeare's Plays" 

Professor Bernie McElroy


The event will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at the Newhart Family Theatre, Mundelein 2nd floor.

Guest Speaker for the 2019 Celebration

The Loyola Department of English welcomes Dr. Emily Winerock, a visiting scholar at the Women’s Institute at Chatham University and co-director and co-founder of the Shakespeare and Dance Project ( Her research focuses on the practices and politics of dance in 16th- and 17th-century England and Europe, while her teaching encompasses the history of dance history from the Renaissance to the modern era.


Dr. Winerock’s scholarly articles have appeared in Borrowers and Lenders: A Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation and Dance Chronicle, and in essay collections, including The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance, edited by Lynsey McCulloch and Brandon Shaw (2019), The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition, edited by Sherril Dodd (2018), and Playthings in Early Modernity: Party Games, Word Games, Mind Games, edited by Allison Levy (2017). A scholar-practitioner, she teaches Renaissance dance workshops and also choreographs and consults for theatrical productions.


Currently, Dr. Winerock is working on a book project with Amy Rodgers and Linda McJannet entitled Shakespeare and Dance: History, Tradition, and Adaptation.


For more information regarding Bernie McElroy, this year's McElroy Shakespeare Celebration, or previous celebrations, please browse through the tabs above.

2019 McElroy Memorial Committee:

Chair: Verna A. Foster, Professor of English

Directors of Scenes: Sarah Gabel, Department of Theatre

Publicity Assistant: Mary Lutze, Doctoral Candidate in English

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