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Austen-Related Events and News

Jane Austen Society of North America, 2015 AGM from Tucker/Hess Productions on Vimeo.


2017 JASNA Essay Contest
To foster the study and appreciation of Jane Austen, JASNA conducts an annual student Essay Contest.  Support is generously provided by a grant in memory of the late Russell Clark and in honor of William Phillips, educators and leaders in JASNA’s Greater Chicago Region. Students interested in the life and works of Jane Austen are encouraged to enter. Deadline for submissions is May 21, 2017. For details visit:

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Thursdays in April
Improvised Jane Austen
McKaw Theater | Chicago, IL

The ladies of Improvised Jane Austen are back!  For details visit:

April 25-May 21, 2017
Jane Eyre
Milwaukee Repertory Theater | Milwaukee, WI

Jane Eyre depicts an unconventional heroine for the ages who's certain to cast a spell on fans of the novel and those new to her charms. This production directed by KJ Sanchez combines Victorian-era costumes with inventive staging to bring new creativity and vitality to the classic story. For details and tickets visit:

July 14-16, 2017
9th Annual Jane Austen Festival
Louisville, KY

Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Jane Austen Festival sponsored by JASNA-Louisville. Each year the festival features an Austen author, a Regency style show, a Regency Emporium, Afternoon Tea, as well as workshops and a Grand Ball. For information visit:

October 6-8, 2017
JASNA Annual General Meeting: "Jane Austen in Paradise"
Huntington Beach, California

For details and registration information visit:


debbie-performingGCR's own Jane Austen!

Invite Jane Austen to speak at your school assembly, museum, library. For information, check the website of Actress Debra Ann Miller. Upcoming performances:

June 19, August 28, & September 18, 2017
Road Scholar
"The World of Jane Austen and the Regency Period"

Lake Geneva, WI