Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Summer Academy

The Teaching Shakespeare Institute’s Summer Academy 2017, a deep dive into teaching Macbeth, will take place July 9-14, 2017.

Thirty participants from all over the country will spend a week at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., learning to teach Macbeth the Folger way: through attention to scholarship, performance, curriculum, and assessment.

Participants will make strategic use of the Folger’s collection of rare materials—including the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and major collections in early English books, manuscripts, and art—and work with scholars, theater professionals, and experienced teachers.


Academy Directors:

Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education; and Corinne Viglietta, Assistant Director of Education

Mentor Teachers:

Michael LoMonico, Folger Shakespeare Library; and Deborah Gascon, Dutch Fork High School (SC)

Visiting Scholars:

Maynard “Sandy” Mack, Jr., Professor Emeritus of English, University of Maryland; Michele Osherow, Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Resident Dramaturg, Folger Shakespeare Library; Ayanna Thompson, Professor of English, The George Washington University 

Visiting Performance Faculty:

Caleen Sinnette Jennings, playwright, director, and Professor of Theatre at American University; and Michael Tolaydo, actor, director, and Professor Emeritus of Theater, Film, and Media Studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

What Summer Academy participants accomplish

Summer Academy participants

  • Study Macbeth—and how to teach it—as a scholar, a performer, and a classroom teacher.
  • Engage in rigorous work all day, starting with scholarly lectures in the morning and ending with curriculum workshops in the evening.
  • Create 3-day teaching modules on Macbeth that incorporate primary source documents, performance-based approaches, and a focus on language.
  • Forge new relationships with Shakespeare, the Folger, and a professional learning community that stretches across the country and promotes exchange among teachers at all kinds of schools.

Key Information

When: July 9-14, 2017

Where: Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC

Tuition: $1900

Graduate Credit: Trinity Washington University offers Summer Academy participants a total of 3 graduate credits for a fee of $375.

Housing: Housing is available at a boutique hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

How to apply

The application for this program has closed. 

Decisions will be emailed by April 5, 2017. We will keep a waiting list. 

More information

Questions? Please contact Corinne Viglietta (cviglietta@folger.edu).


Photo: James R. Brantley