• Elizabeth Kramer

“Shakespeare’s R&J”: 3 Facets of the Play from Young Arts Journalists

When Kentucky Shakespeare and Pandora Productions announced their co-production “Shakespeare’s R&J,” Arts Angle Vantage thought that some of our experienced young arts reporters might be interested in covering it. We asked and they were very interested.

Zachary Burrell (Student #3), Shaquille Towns (Student #2) and Brennen Amonett (Student #1) in "Shakespeare's R&J." Photo by Bill Brymer. Courtesy Kentucky Shakespeare and Pandora Productions.


While this play has been performed across the country and overseas since its 1998 world premiere, this production marks its first in Louisville. Our reporters didn’t see that as newsworthy as much as the play held compelling and important subject matter. They brought their curious and empathetic minds to covering different angles of this production, which runs through Aug. 27 at the Henry Clay Theatre.

Journalists Abigail Knoop, Halle Shoaf and Michelle Quan reported on "Shakespeare's R&J" from Kentucky Shakespeare and Pandora Productions.


The journalists who covered this production include:

• Abigail Knoop, Indiana University Southeast, Freshman

• Halle Shoaf, duPont Manual High School, Class of 2023

• Michelle Quan, duPont Manual High School, Class of 2023


Read their reviews in LEO Weekly, our media partner on this project.

Or read their reviews here:


'Shakespeare’s R&J' aspires to inspire empathy in this new twist on an old story of young love


'Shakespeare’s R+J' reflects reality of self-discovery for LGBT+ youth


Intimacy coordinator in “Shakespeare’s R&J” production supports actors



This is just one way that Arts Angle Vantage elevates youth voices and the arts as well as connect them to the arts in their own community. In turn, they share their work with the wider community.


Arts Angle Vantage and the participants are grateful to Kentucky Shakespeare, Pandora Productions and to LEO Weekly Arts & Entertainment Editor Erica Rucker and Editor Scott Recker, who practice the values of collaborative journalism and bring the community these young reporters’ work. — Melissa Chipman and Elizabeth Kramer

13 views