Even today, his plays challenge famous actors to sharpen their skills and electrify audiences.
Performing Shakespeare is like earning a black belt in acting.


Meet Mary Z. Maher, author and Shakespeare scholar, who has personally interviewed a collection of artists, including Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Ben Kingsley, Derek Jacobi, Stacy Keach, David Warner, Zoe Caldwell and many other American, English and Canadian players.

Her three books on acting Shakespeare comprise a treasure of talents, tactics, tidbits, and tales that flesh out the magical mirage of staging Shakespeare. For audiences and Shakespeare festival-goers, for novice and seasoned actors—here is the inside information from revealing conversations with stellar performers.

Based on the question, “Why not go and ask them?” these books highlight the actors’ process inside a career in context. The mystery of the art form is de-mystified by its best practitioners.