In addition to her career as a writer/editor (current stories can be found in both Oakland Magazine and The East Bay Monthly), Hashe has degrees in theatre arts from San Francisco State and San Jose State, is the former artistic director of Theatre of NOTE in Hollywood, and has taught theatre courses at the college level. And she is a Bardolator from childhood.
“I was lucky,” she says. “I was always attracted to Shakespeare’s words, and I had excellent teachers who continued to inspire my interest. But many people end up being bored by Romeo and Juliet as high-school freshmen and never go back.” After hearing about this experience from one too many people, she created her class, which she says is designed for “those who hated Hamlet or loathed Lear in school — but now have decided they may have been missing something.”
She will teach it for the first time in the Bay Area starting Feb. 12 through San Francisco City College Extension, and is continuing to look for a good location in Richmond, as well.