myShakespeare Brings Magical Fairies to Life

By Sally Treanor

myShakespeare, a local ed-tech company, returned to Midpen Media this summer to film their version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. myShakespeare provides free full-text, interactive digital editions of Shakespeare’s plays with integrated multimedia resources, including performance videos and interviews with the characters, to the public online. For the past several years, they’ve returned to Midpen Media each summer to shoot video content for Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Taming of the Shrew, and finally this year A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

This year’s production was especially exciting because A Midsummer Night’s Dream features fairies and other supernatural characters. Wanting to emphasize the fairies’ connection with the natural world while also highlighting their supernatural qualities, myShakespeare’s co-founder Greg Watkins (who also writes and directs the productions), brought in Vanguard FX, who specialize in character and creature makeup to create the fairies’ unique on-camera looks. Erika Mae Martin, who had previously worked with myShakespeare on The Taming of the Shrew, came back to design the fairies’ costumes, with their bright colors and sparkly accents. Actors from Juilliard and the American Conservatory Theater brought these unique Shakespearean characters to life for the enjoyment and education of media-minded students across the country.