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Teaching Shakespeare Institute

Since 1984, the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported the development and continuing work of the Folger Shakespeare Library's Teaching Shakespeare Institute, an intense, month-long study of a few plays from three essential perspectives: scholarship, performance, and the secondary school classroom.

"This has been one of the most intense, yet extremely rewarding four weeks of my life."


"I've not only picked up exciting techniques to take back to my classroom, but gained important insight into what makes teaching effective..."


"the effects [of the Institute] will probably be manifesting themselves for months, if not years."


~TSI 2012 Participant Evaluations

Teaching Shakespeare Institute

Teaching Shakespeare 2014

June 29-July 26, 2014


This rigorous, joyful institute will see 25 middle and high school teachers work with scholars, actors, master teachers, each other, and the Folger collection on a deep dive into Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night with a focus on technology. Participants will create digital learning objects that will be made available to humanities teachers across the country while experiencing the plays together as researchers, performers, and educators.


The application period for Teaching Shakespeare 2014 has ended. Thank you to all who applied!.


Institute director: Peggy O'Brien, Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library. 

Head scholar: Ellen McKay, Professor of English, Indiana University.

Made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment of the Humanities.


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