JOHN ANDREWS, OBE has dedicated his entire life and career to cultivating larger and more appreciative audiences for the Bard. Mr. Andrews spent a decade as Director of Academic Programs at the Folger Shakespeare Library, editing Shakespeare Quarterly and overseeing a center for advanced studies in the Renaissance. He also chaired a National Advisory Panel for The Shakespeare Plays, a BBC series that brought the complete works to American viewers between 1979 and 1985, and helped spearhead a touring exhibition, Shakespeare: The Globe and the World, that took Folger treasures around the nation while the playwright's classics were being presented on television.
Mr. Andrews' publications include a 3-volume reference set, William Shakespeare: His World, His Work, His Influence, and two editions of the poems and plays, a 19-volume clothbound collection known as The Guild Shakespeare and an annotated 16-volume paperback compilation, The Everyman Shakespeare.
In 1987 Mr. Andrews founded the Shakespeare Guild, a global non-profit organization to foster a deeper appreciation of the world’s most influential writer. In 1994 the Guild established the Sir John Gielgud Award for Excellence in the Dramatic Arts , an honor that has been presented to such notables as Judi Dench, Derek Jacobi, Kevin Kline, Ian McKellen, and Vanessa Redgrave.
Mr. Andrews has been interviewed on a number of radio and television stations, as well as on the Voice of America, NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour. He has also published articles in such periodicals as The American Scholar, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
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