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


20 december 2005 - 1 january 2006
shakespeare's globe coming to brooklyn
If you haven't seen Mark Rylance during his tenure as Artistic Director in London, now is your final chance as he takes his last bow in that capacity in Brooklyn. Yes, Shakespeare's Globe is bringing its production of "Measure for Measure" to St. Ann's Warehouse!





19 october 2005
"come one, come all": public hearing on governors island
The Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation (GIPEC) held a public hearing to discuss its plans for developing this enchanted isle. Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff, the new Chairman of GIPEC, kicked off the meeting with great flair and left no question regarding his commitment to the island. Paul Kelly, the interim president, then presented four exciting conceptual plans.

The complete presentation can be downloaded from the GIPEC website.



18 october 2005
feeling the love from community board 1
We were delighted that Community Board #1 unanimously passed a resolution of support for the New Globe Theater on October 18th. The resolution stated that "Community Board #1 supports the concept for an adaptive use of Castle Williams as a performance space for their program, and is enthused by the New Globe Theater's presentation."

Thank you to Julie Menin, Judy Duffy, Linda Roche, and Bob Townley for guiding us through the process. We are thrilled by CB1's vote of confidence.



18 october 2005
two-hundred and twenty five miles
That is the distance between Governors Island and the Capitol, if you were wondering.
There is no denying it: as excitement for the New Globe builds on the federal level, we've found ourselves commuting to Washington, DC quite a bit.



A highlight from a recent trip was an exceptional meeting with Dana Gioia, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Given the NEA's successful "Shakespeare in American Communities" program, it was most encouraging to hear Chairman Gioia speak of the New Globe as an "educational resource for all America."



2 october 2005
farewell performance at shakespeare's globe
This summer saw the final performances of Mark Rylance as the Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe, so we flew out to old Blighty to witness the end of an era. The three-person "Tempest" - directed by Tim Carroll - was extraordinary.



We want to join the chorus of those expressing gratitude for Mark's ten-year commitment to Shakespeare's Globe, and to say how thankful we are for his continued guidance as a key member of our own Advisory Board.



11 august 2005
last chance to see architectural model at royal academy
The exhibit of the New Globe model at the prestigious Summer Exhibition (in its 237th year) of the Royal Academy of Arts in London is drawing to a close. On August 16th, the stunning model - designed by Foster and Partners - is heading home to New York City.



We are honored to have been chosen to partake in this year's exhibition.
For more information on the Royal Academy, click here.



21 july 2005
$2 million pledged to new globe!
On June 30, the City Council adopted the New York City Budget ... and, if we may say so ourselves, the most exciting aspect was that it included $2,000,000 in capital funding for the New Globe in FY2007.

It is wonderful news that the Mayor, City Council and Borough Presidents added nearly $370 million in capital funds to the Department of Cultural Affairs for FY2006 to FY2009 for ongoing projects, as well as new design, construction and capital equipment purchases.

This generosity will allow the New Globe to move into the next phase of our project ... and oh, are we ready.



Did we say thank you? THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!



20 june 2005
new globe submits RFEI
At 4:00pm on this sunny afternoon, the New Globe dropped off its "Request for an Expression of Interest" application at the Battery Maritime Ferry Slip.
Then they went to sleep.

Stay tuned for next steps.



19-20 may 2005
new globe kicks off education outreach
The New Globe initiated their education program with a production of "The American Revolution," performed by Inverse Theater on Governors Island. Two hundred high school students from Lower Manhattan, twenty actors, twenty-five Goldman Sachs volunteers, three park rangers, and two scholars from the New-York Historical Society joined in the festivities.



Check out photos of the students, actors and volunteers during the performances on Governors Island.

Special thanks to Inverse Theater, the New-York Historical Society, the Governors Island Preservation and Education Corporation, the National Park Service, and Goldman Sachs for their generous support.



18 may 2005
new globe lecture at Municipal Art Society
The MAS Urbanists sponsored a presentation on the proposed plan for rehabilitating Castle Williams on Governors Island into a contemporary Globe Theater. Slide presentation by Barbara Romer, Founder of the New Globe, and David Nelson, Deputy Chairman of Foster and Partners, with Q&A session.



26 april 2005
press, press, press ... shall we say "global" domination?
The fabulous New York Times article on the New Globe proposal by Robin Pogrebin (front-front-page mention and "top 20 emailed stories" all weekend long) triggered a press frenzy from Great Britain to Taiwan, from Russia to Qatar.
To read the NY Times story and learn how to spell "Castle Williams" in Chinese, click here.

And, yes, as we have too much time on our hands and like googling discussion forums on the New Globe proposal, we thought we should share our favorite comments with you:

"this is without a doubt, the greatest present yet offered to me by the gods!!!"
"I hope this gets built. Castle Williams would make a great location for this."
"FANTASTIC STUFF!"
"i sincerely hope this proposal makes it to reality..."
"Yessir, this is a winner. I would love to see this happen."
"that's such a cool proposal! it'll definitely put governors island back on the tourist map of nyc for sure."

... not quite in iambic pentameter, but A+ for excitement!



23 april 2005
441 - and not a year older.
Happy Birthday, Monsieur Shakespeare.



28 february 2005
new globe model to be exhibited at municipal art society
Starting this Monday morning, the New Globe model will be on display in the lobby of the Municipal Art Society (457 Madison Avenue). Sneak peak below:


Photo by Nigel Young.
Please come by and take a look by April 5th!



26 february 2005
peter kyle of london's globe talking about partnership
Peter Kyle, the Executive Director of Shakespeare's Globe in London, said today about the New Globe: "Assiduous research, meticulous planning, boundless enthusiasm and an unswervable devotion to a lofty ideal. These are the qualities that built Shakespeare's Globe, here in London, and it is because I see these same qualities in Barbara Romer's vision for a New Globe in New York that we are partnering with her to help realise this world-class dream."



24 february 2005
stunning new globe drawings arrive!
The Łbertalented Narinder Sagoo of Foster and Partners captures the spirit of the New Globe design.





31 january 2005
chad gracia becomes new globe employee of the month!



january 2005
NPS newsletter proposes "rehab for performance and visual arts center" as option for castle williams!
Yes, all your voices were heard!!! Thank you for participating in the public scoping process.

We are delighted (and relieved) to report that Alternative B of the preliminary management alternatives issued by the National Park Service states: "Rehabilitated National Monument structures and landscapes would serve as venues for cultural events, such as art expositions, performances, and educational symposia, attracting broad and diverse audiences."

Below is a snapshot from the NPS newsletter:



The newsletter unveils preliminary management alternatives, which are "consistent with federal laws, such as the National Historic Preservation Act, and with NPS policies. The alternatives respond to the broad, preliminary planning outlined by GIPEC this past summer, which seeks to make Governors Island a destination with great public open space and heritage tourism attractions, as well as education, conference, entertainment, and cultural arts facilities."

I believe that we shall be dancing a few jigs in celebration.


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