UNO’s Criss Library celebrates Shakespeare’s work and productions through archival exhibit

Photo Courtesy of Mariel Richter
Photo Courtesy of Mariel Richter

Mariel Richter

The University of Nebraska at Omaha recently opened a special exhibit, Inspired by Shakespeare’s Work: The 30th Anniversary of Nebraska Shakespeare, in the Criss Library Archives and Special Collections area.

The exhibit, which will be on display through Aug. 12, gives insight into the planning, educating, and entertaining performed by the Nebraska Shakespeare group. The nonprofit got its start in 1986 and performed its first Shakespeare on the Green the following year.

Archives and Special Collections Director Amy Schindler explained that the Nebraska Shakespeare exhibit includes programs, photos, costume and set designs, among other memorabilia. Documents from Nebraska Shakespeare operations and productions teams are also on display.

“We hope students will learn a bit about the long and varied history of Omaha cultural institution Nebraska Shakespeare, and especially about Shakespeare on the Green, which is literally right outside the library’s doors every summer,” Schindler said.

Shindler hopes spectators will gain an appreciation for the diverse stories, people, and information from the records available in the exhibit.

Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, Inc. has more than 200 volunteers and local collaborators, such as the City of Omaha, Creighton University and UNO, that help produce annual productions.

The UNO exhibit coincides with the 400 year commemoration of William Shakespeare, making the exhibit even more appropriate as Omahans crowd the UNO campus to see the new Shakespeare on the Green performances.

This exhibit does not show the extent of the full archived collection, as it highlights primary pieces of the records. Researchers can find additional archived information in the UNO online database or by contacting Criss Library Archives and Special Collections.