Project Schedule and Assignments

Major assignments include a research project that makes strategic use of the Folger collection and a teaching plan focused on OthelloThe Merchant of Venice, or The Tempest. Institute days are long, rigorous, and joyful: they are packed with lectures, small group seminars, informal work sessions, sessions with actors and teachers, independent research, and occasionally a lunchtime colloquium. Theatre performances and some other sessions are scheduled at night. Most Teaching Shakespeare 2016 participants spend their Saturdays in the Reading Room. A more detailed schedule will be posted soon.


Participants will be housed in single dorm rooms on campus at Trinity Washington University.  Until 2001, it was known as Trinity College, founded in 1897 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, an order of nuns dedicated to education and social justice. Their historic, no frills campus is in Brookland, a well-established neighborhood in northeast DC. It’s a short walk to the Brookland-CUA Metro stop, bookstore, drugstore, a large selection of restaurants and bars, and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Our special Teaching Shakespeare school bus picks participants up at Trinity every morning and shuttles them back every evening. While living on campus is not required, we recommend it because it allows participants to work together on collaborative projects more easily and supports greater interaction among participants overall.


The National Endowment for the Humanities will provide each participant with a stipend of $3,300 in order to cover a significant portion of participant costs: your travel to and from Washington, DC; housing at Trinity Washington University; your meals; and any other expenses you might incur. Your first stipend check of $1,650 (minus $570, half of your housing costs if you live on campus at Trinity) will be disbursed upon your arrival in DC. The second stipend check of $1,650 (minus $570, the remainder of your housing costs) will be given to you at the halfway point, July 8th.


If they desire to do so, participants can earn six hours of graduate credit from Trinity Washington University at a total cost of $750. If participants are interested in earning district continuing education units or professional development credits, we will send a detailed letter to the appropriate official outlining the specific work undertaken and completed during Teaching Shakespeare 2016.