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Be Inspired: Shakespeare and Me

Debra Ann Byrd: Actress, founder and Producing Artistic Director at the Harlem Shakespeare Festival

'My world has been truly and completely inspired by Shakespeare. As a Shakespearean actress and producer I have found myself, I have found my place in the world and am living my life’s purpose. I’m not only inspired by Shakespeare; I’m empowered by Shakespeare. Being able to speak the speech is like having superpowers. It is like wearing a large magical cape. And this super-cape gives me the power to stand tall, to bring people together, to break barriers and to walk boldly towards my goal! What is my goal you ask? Simply put … to change the world!'


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Debra Ann Byrd as Othello in the Harlem Shakespeare Festival's All-Female OTHELLO © 2015 Hubert Williams