The conference included a number of highlights:
- An impromptu tour of the Festival Archives led by the Festival’s Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino.
- “Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender,” a one-woman show by Lisa Wolpe, the founding director of the Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company.
- Roundtable discussions of Timon of Athens and The Changeling, featuring the directors and lead actors from Stratford’s 2017 productions of the plays.
In all 90 speakers addressed such topics as cross-gender and colour-blind casting, Shakespeare in Canada, Shakespeare and jazz, Shakespeare’s digital afterlives, teaching Shakespeare, and global Shakespeare. Some 140 people attended the event, which was held at the UW-Stratford Campus. For a complete schedule of events and a list of speakers, see the Shakespeare 401: What's Next? website.