La Fabrique Shakespeare
La Fabrique Shakespeare was created to bring the joy and wisdom of the Bard’s works to the widest French-speaking audience. A space for the sharing of knowledge and ressources, La Fabrique Shakespeare provides educational projects and cultural events for all: students from primary school to university, theatre and festival goers, thespians, and the general public, including underprivileged communities.
The events offered are multiple and varied: participatory workshops, illustrated talks, read-alongs, story telling, film screenings and debates, meetings, exhibitions, round-tables, translation and acting contests etc.
The flagship project of La Fabrique Shakespeare is Shakespeare d’Avril!, a festival in Vincennes which offers a range of cultural events that are accessible to all.
La Fabrique Shakespeare aims at providing all audiences with fun, educational, and accessible offers. It is driven by one intention : to bring Shakespeare to all!
Marie-Pierre Dupagne (President/Founder)
Professeure agrégée, Marie-Pierre Dupagne taught English in high school for 17 years before she left the French education system in 2002 for family reasons. After a thirteen-month Grand Tour in a camper van with her family, which took her from the Sahara to Iceland and as far as Turkey, Marie-Pierre started work as a volunteer for different festivals in her home town of Vincennes, Paris.
In 2006, she was put in charge of young audience participation at the Rencontres Internationales du Cinéma de Patrimoine – Prix Henri Langlois film festival, managing a team of 20 volunteers. Notably, she created the « Séance pas comme les autres » (a Screening with a Difference, with an emphasis on accessibility to all) in partnership with Ciné-ma Différence.
In 2012, she went back to school and furthered her knowledge of the cultural sector with a Master’s degree in Cultural Project Management at IESA, Paris.
From 2013 to 2016, she worked as a production and development manager for Le Palais Royal, a choir and orchestra on period instruments.
In 2017, she founded La Fabrique Shakespeare, a non-for profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Shakespeare’s works to French-speaking audiences.
From 2018, she started working for Ciné-ma différence as a project manager and carried out a two-year enquiry into Relaxed performance worldwide. The report which followed (published both in French and in English) includes a timeline of Relaxed performances, an extensive list of transferable practices as well as recommendations.
She is co-founder and member of the International Relaxed Performance Network.
In 2019, La Fabrique Shakespeare created the Shakespeare d’Avril! festival, a month of Shakespearean celebrations for all, in Vincennes.