a blue-and-green-skinned female child with her dark hair in two large puffs sits on a black bar, with a mischievous look on her face; beside her, and on her upper left arm, are four patterns signifying the elements of earth (brown), fire (red), blue (water), and wind (grey).

Ariel of the Elements by Evan Williams


Content and Access Note

Amrita Dhar, Project Director

Kayley DeLong, Project Graduate Associate

This project is a collaboration between authors, theatre practitioners, academics, and artists working in a variety of modes. The participants reflect on their relationships to Shakespeare’s texts in places and times of postcolonial inheritance. Our use of the quote marks in Shakespeare in the “Post”Colonies serves as recognition of the complex and ever-evolving relationships that all people have with colonialism and empire.

Please be advised that the conversations that constitute this project occasionally refer to difficult and potentially triggering matters, including colonialism, racism, sexism, nativism, ableism, capitalism, and heteropatriarchy.

It is our hope that this project centres those most acutely impacted by colonial and imperial violence in a way that invites everyone, regardless of background, to learn about a variety of remarkable postcolonial Shakespeareans and their exceptional work.

We invite everyone to utilise this website as an archival, research, and teaching resource. All the content of this site is available for use and sharing under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). You are free to reuse this material with attribution, without modification, and for non-commercial purposes only. Please see the Creative Commons website for more information on license terms. When circulating any contents from this project, please include appropriate attribution, including for links or embedded material on this cite. Although this is not a requirement of the license, we would also appreciate it if you notified us of your use via email. 

If you plan to use these episodes in your research or teaching or publications, please consider letting us know via email. We would love to know where and how this work is being shared and discussed.

Every care has been taken to ensure that all material on this site has been used with appropriate permissions. However: if any permission is still outstanding, please alert us promptly so that we may address the matter. 

We have been committed to accessibility and multi-modality throughout this project. Each podcast episode comes complete with its audio and a full transcript. Images feature alt-text descriptions and captioning for screen readers. All the contents of this project are also open-access. If there is anything else we can do to ensure users’ full access to the contents on this site, please let us know.

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Once again, welcome.



People and Credits


Project principal investigators: Amrita Dhar and Adélékè Adéẹ̀kọ́ (The Ohio State University)

Project collaborator: Amrita Sen (University of Calcutta)

Project graduate associate: Kayley DeLong (The Ohio State University)


Project website: Amrita Dhar and Kayley DeLong

Original artwork: Evan Williams

Original music: Sushmitha Ravikumar

Sound assistance: Doug Dangler

Podcast assistance: Robert Butts

Website assistance: Eva Dale





Thea Buckley | Jeff Busby | Aritra Chakraborti | Paromita Chakravarti | Nandini Das | Philip J. Deloria | Abhijit Gupta | Pranav Jani | David McInnis | Basharat Peer | Jud Pratt | Tina Price | Dana Renga | Suman Roy | Romila Saha | Jyotsna Singh | Mytheli Sreenivas | Christopher Thurman | Susan Williams


Ultimately, our greatest thanks go out to everyone who agreed to be interviewed for this project. Nothing about this project would have been possible without the fierce brilliance, candour, earnestness, and urgency of everyone who spoke with us about their journeys and their art. Please see the Interviews page on this site for further details.



This project has been made possible through two Collaborative Project Large Grants from the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University.