In New York Harbor stands a dilapidated military fortification, built to defend America against the British in the War of 1812 ... and it happens to have the identical blueprint as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. In the spirit of placing the Statue of Liberty onto Fort Wood, the opportunity has arisen to create a destination where we celebrate our common cultural heritage: the New Globe for the New World.
(NOTE: This campaign is not authorized or endorsed by the National Park Service.)
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friends of the new globe

elected officials
CHARLES SCHUMER: US Senator
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON: US Senator
JERROLD NADLER: US Rep. District 8, NY
CAROLYN MALONEY: US Rep. District 14, NY
GIFFORD MILLER: Former Speaker,
NY City Council
ALAN J. GERSON: NY City Council, District 1
DANIEL R. GARODNICK: NY City Council, District 4
COMMUNITY BOARD #1

artists
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM: Actor
DARREN ARONOFSKY: Director
Dame EILEEN ATKINS: Actor
KATE BOSWORTH: Actor
MATTHEW BOURNE: Director
NEVE CAMPBELL: Actor
MICHAEL CERVERIS: Actor
KARIN COONROD: Director
GORDON DAVIDSON: Artistic Director,
Mark Taper Forum
RICHARD EASTON: Actor
BARRY EDELSTEIN: Director
OSKAR EUSTIS: Artistic Director,
The Public Theater/NY Shakespeare Festival
MARK FEUERSTEIN: Actor
RALPH FIENNES: Actor
Sir PETER HALL: Director
MARISKA HARGITAY: Actor
ROSEMARY HARRIS: Actor
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: Actor
BARRIE INGHAM: Actor
DANA IVEY: Actor
SIMON JONES: Actor
MICHAEL KAHN: Director
HARVEY KEITEL: Actor
YUSEF KOMUNYAKAA: Poet
KEVIN KLINE: Actor
KENNY LEON: Artistic Director,
True Colors Theatre Company
HARVEY LICHTENSTEIN: Founder,
Brooklyn Academy of Music
CHRISTOPHER MELONI: Actor
MOBY: Musician
BEBE NEUWIRTH: Actor
AL PACINO: Actor
SARAH JESSICA PARKER: Actor
ESTELLE PARSONS: Actor
STEWART PEARCE: Master of Voice, Shakespeare's Globe
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER: Actor
ALFRED PREISSER: Artistic Director,
Classical Theatre of Harlem
MARK RYLANCE: Artistic Director, Shakespeare's Globe, 1996-2005
SUSAN SARANDON: Actor
LIEV SCHREIBER: Actor
JAMES URBANIAK: Actor
MARISA TOMEI: Actor
CLAIRE VAN KAMPEN: Music Director, Shakespeare's Globe
MELVIN VAN PEEBLES: Actor and Director
ZOň WANAMAKER: Actor
JAMES WATERSTON: Actor
SAM WATERSTON: Actor
RACHEL WEISZ: Actor

architecture, planning and preservation community
LAURIE BECKELMAN: Director, New Building Program, Museum of Art and Design
SARAH CARROLL: Director of Preservation, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission
VISHAAN CHAKRABARTI: Vice President,
The Related Companies
ADELE CHATFIELD-TAYLOR: President, American Academy in Rome
Sir TERENCE CONRAN: Designer
Lord NORMAN FOSTER: Foster and Partners
ALEXANDER GARVIN: President, Alex Garvin & Associates
ROSALIE GENEVRO: Executive Director, Architectural League
JON GREENFIELD: Architect of London Globe
WILLIAM HIGGINS: Preservation Consultant
Prof. KENNETH JACKSON: Professor of History and the Social Sciences, Columbia
DAVID KESTER: Executive Director, Design Council
BRENDA LEVIN: Consultant/CUNY TV
VALERIE LUCZNIKOWSKA: Executive Director, Congress of International Modern Architects
DAVID NELSON: Deputy Chair, Foster and Partners
SHERIDA PAULSEN: Partner, PKSB
CHASE RYND: Executive Director, National Building Museum, Washington
ROBERT SPEYER: Senior Managing Director, TishmanSpeyer
ROBERT TIERNEY: Chairman, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
CLAIRE WEISZ: Architect, weisz + yoes
RONDA WIST: President, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
ANDREA WOODNER: Chair, Design Trust for Public Space

civic, community, and cultural supporters
JOHN ANDREWS: President, Shakespeare Guild
SAFI BAHCALL: CEO, Synta Pharmaceuticals
ROLAND BETTS: Chairman, Chelsea Piers
RANDALL BOURSCHEIDT: President, Alliance for the Arts
ANN BUTTENWIESER: Consultant
BEN CAMERON: Executive Director, Theater Communications Group
JAMES CAPALINO: Principal, Capalino & Co
VIN CIPOLLA
ANTHONY COLES: Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
CARTER CRAFT: Director, Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance
BOYKIN CURRY: Managing Director, Eagle Capital Venue
BARRY DAY, O.B.E.: Author, "This Wooden O"
TOM ECCLES: Director, Public Art Fund
TOM FOX: President, The Fox Group
ETHAN GETO: Partner, Geto & de Milly, Inc.
JAMES F. GILL: Chair, Battery Park City Authority
MATTHEW GOLDSTEIN: Chancellor, City University of New York
HELEN GUDITIS: President, The Theatre Museum
WERNER GUNDERSHEIMER: Director Emeritus, Folger Shakespeare Library
ROBERT HAMMOND: Founder, The High Line
BRUCE KOVNER: Chair, Juilliard School
PETER KYLE: Executive Director, Shakespeare's Globe
SHIRLEY JAFFE: Vice President, Alliance for Downtown New York
SCOTT LAUER: Executive Director, openhousenewyork
JULIA LEVY: Executive Director, Roundabout Theatre Company
REYNOLD LEVY: President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
BARBARA LORBER: Senior Vice President, NYC & Company
VIRGINIA LOULOUDES: Executive Director, Alliance for Resident Theatres N.Y.
JULIE MENIN: Chair, Community Board 1
TRICIA MIRE: Managing Director, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
LOUISE MIRRER: President, New-York Historical Society
ADRIANA MNUCHIN: Founder, The Shakespeare Society
PAUL NAGLE: Art & Cultural Liaison, Councilmember Alan Gerson
CRISTYNE NICHOLAS: President, NYC & Company
ROY NIEDERHOFFER: President, RG Niederhoffer Capital Management
GAIL KERN PASTER: Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
ANNE PASTERNAK: Executive Director, Creative Times
Sir MICHAEL PERRY: Chair, Shakespeare's Globe
RICHARD PILBROW: Chair, Theatre Projects Consultants
FERNANDE RAINE: Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard University
STEVEN RUBENSTEIN: Vice President, Rubenstein & Associates
JUDY RUBIN: Chair, Playwrights Horizon
AMY SACCO: Entrepreneur
DAVID SALTZMAN: Executive Director, Robin Hood Foundation
FRANK SANCHIS: Executive Director, Municipal Art Society
GERALD SCHOENFELD: Chair, Shubert Organization
PATRICK SPOTTISWOODE: Education Director, Shakespeare's Globe
MAX VADUKUL: Photographer
WILLIAM WANAMAKER: Brother of Founder, Shakespeare's Globe
CARL WEISBROD: President, Real Estate Division, Trinity Church
MARK WELDON: CEO, New Zealand Stock Exchange
JOHN WHITEHEAD: Chair, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
MADELYN WILS: President and CEO, Tribeca Film Institute
KATHRYN WYLDE: President and CEO, Partnership for New York City
and many more ...

corporate supporters
BOISSET
CON EDISON
D'ARTAGNAN
DAVIS LANGDON
DENHAM WOLF
EST…E LAUDER COMPANIES
GETO & de MILLY Inc.
GOLDMAN SACHS
HIGGINS & QUASEBARTH
McKINSEY & COMPANY
MILBANK, TWEED, HADLEY & McCLOY LLP
PATTERSON, BELKNAP, WEBB & TYLER LLP
SOHO HOUSE
THEATRE PROJECTS CONSULTANTS
TURNER CONSTRUCTION
VALENTINO
VIRGIN ATLANTIC

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new globe shakespeare alliance

California:
INDEPENDENT SHAKESPEARE CO.
MARIN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL LA
Connecticut:
ELM SHAKESPEARE COMPANY
District of Columbia:
THE SHAKESPEARE GUILD
Illinois:
FIRST FOLIO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Hawaii:
HAWAII SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Maryland:
BALTIMORE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Nebraska:
NEBRASKA SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Oklahoma:
OKLAHOMA SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK
Oregon:
OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Pennsylvania:
HARRISBURG SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
Texas:
HOUSTON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
SHAKESPEARE DALLAS
Virginia:
RICHMOND SHAKESPEARE

United Kingdom:
INTERNATIONAL SHAKESPEARE GLOBE CENTRE

South Africa:
SHAKESPEARE SA (South Africa)

Individuals:
DAKIN MATTHEWS, Artistic Director, Andak Stage Company, Los Angeles
JERRY PATCH, Resident Artistic Director,
The Old Globe, San Diego

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latest news


13 december 2004
foster and partners complete $350k design phase
David Nelson, Michael Wurzel, and Federico D'Angelo send over the architectural model with 1,000 tiny theater-goers, just on time for Ms. Romer's birthday.
Only 150 times bigger, and we are done!



12 OCTOBER 2004
battle mccarthy develop environmental strategy
As a multi-disciplinary practice that specialises in the design and delivery of sustainable solutions for the built environment, Battle McCarthy explored opportunities to apply low-energy and passive design solutions to minimize environmental impact with the aid of detailed climatic, dynamic thermal and computational solar analysis.



In designing the systems to service the New Globe, care has been taken to consider the interaction with the local microclimate, the massing and orientation of the building, and its occupancy patterns.



17 SEPTEMBER 2004
max vadukul to shoot new globe portrait series
Legendary photographer Max Vadukul agrees to capture celebrity support of the New Globe in an exciting portrait series.



15 SEPTEMBER 2004
senator schumer joins new globe supporters

Senator Chuck Schumer adds his name to our list of supporters. If rumors can be believed, he has even trodden the "Bardian boards": in a cameo appearance in Julius Caesar (2001) where - most fittingly - he played a Senator.



20 JULY 2004
senator clinton excited about new globe proposal
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has played a crucial role in ensuring that Castle Williams was designated a national monument prior to the transfer of Governors Island, joins the long list of New Globe supporters!




9 - 13 JULY 2004
hamlet heard on new globe stage ...
Another whirlwind trip to London, with exciting design meetings at Foster & Partners and sessions with Arup (acoustics), Battle McCarthy (environmental), Theatre Projects Consultants, and Shakespeare's Globe.



At Arup SoundLab we learn that, as the first theater to use auralization as an essential component of the design process, the New Globe is the world's most scientifically informed theatrical space! The highlight of the trip: listening to Hamlet performing inside the New Globe Theater. Spine-tingling. Mind-blowing. Heart-stirring.

Quote of the Week: "God made the sky absorptive." (Richard Cowell)



22 JUNE 2004
new globe on NPR morning edition!
The New Globe was discussed as the outstanding proposal emerging from the June 12th community workshop. Founder Barbara Romer laid out her compelling vision in an interview with the reporter.





12 JUNE 2004
unanimous support for new globe proposal at community planning workshop!
Some 150 representatives of community groups and professional experts in land use, design, environment and other fields met on the Island to brainstorm ideas for future development. The assignment was to describe what the Island should be 20 years from now, and how you might spend a day there. Architects armed with felt markers drew colorful maps of the ideas on sketch paper at each table.

The New Globe was introduced by Joe Berridge (of Urban Strategies) as "a magical proposal for Castle Williams" ... and that seemed to set the tone. No counterproposal surfaced, and support for reimagening the fort as a theater was unanimous!

Ideas for activities inside other surviving structures included: an artists-in-residence program using the historic houses once occupied by Army and Coast Guard officers and their families. Upscale bed-and-breakfasts. A research center for environmental or ecological issues or oceanography. Annexes of New York City museums. A building devoted to the Coast Guard and Army personnel for whom the Island was home.

Thoughts of a theme park or historical reenactments were roundly nixed. [Editor's note: bravo!]



24 MAY 2004
opening of governors island exhibition at MAS


Slurping Targetinis, visitors got to admire the stunning photograph of Castle Williams by Andrew Moore (above). The exhibit is sponsored by GIPEC, and organized by the Public Art Fund in collaboration with the Municipal Art Society. The show is presented by Target, and will remain at the Urban Center Gallery, 457 Madison Avenue, through July 8.



1 MARCH 2004
old globe visits new globe
For their first trip to Castle Williams, Mark Rylance (Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe, London) and Claire van Kampen (Music Director of Shakespeare's Globe, London) are joined by Estelle Parsons (Oscar winner and former Artistic Director of the Actors Studio), Chad Gracia and Barbara Romer. Even on this cold and gray day, the site is enchanted and enchanting.



Estelle Parsons, Mark Rylance and Barbara Romer getting a first glimpse of the fort from the ferry.



Chad Gracia contemplating the stair towers.

The uncanny harmony between Castle Williams and Shakespeare's Globe is apparent to all - and the group leaves the site inspired. With the sun setting behind the Statue of Liberty, Mark summarizes our impression on the ferry back: "This feels so right!"

Check out more photos from the trip by the fabulous photographer Eugene Kuo ... be warned of gruesome prison cells (nothing for the faint-hearted).


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