Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Summer Academy

Summer Academy 2019

Due to popular demand, we’re offering not just one but two Summer Academies at the Folger in 2019!

Othello Summer Academy
July 7–12, 2019

Hamlet Summer Academy
July 21–26, 2019

Two different plays. One common—and wildly immersive and effective—professional development model.

Be one of 30 teachers in each Academy to spend a week at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, and take a deep dive into Hamlet or Othello. Learn how to get ALL your students understanding and befriending Shakespeare’s language, Work in the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and learn alongside scholars, theater professionals, experienced teachers, and your fellow participants. Gain skills, confidence, and a whole new community of support as you learn how to teach literature the (totally exciting, engaging, and rigorous) Folger way. 


Academy Directors:

Dr. Peggy O’Brien, Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Corinne Viglietta, Assistant Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library

Mentor Teachers:

Deborah Gascon, Dutch Fork High School (SC), and Amber Phelps, Baltimore City College High School (MD)

Visiting Scholars and Visiting Performance Faculty to be announced soon

What Summer Academy participants accomplish

Summer Academy participants:

  • Study Othello or Hamlet—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 three-day teaching modules on Othello or Hamlet 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.


Tuition is $1900 and includes materials and some meals.

Graduate credit through Trinity Washington University is available for an additional fee.

To secure a spot, an accepted applicant must submit a non-refundable deposit of 50% of the tuition cost ($950 of the total $1900) by May 6, 2019.

How to apply

To be considered for either or both of the Summer Academies, please complete this online application by March 18, 2019.  Please note your first preference: Othello or Hamlet.

Decisions will be emailed by April 8, 2019. We will keep a waiting list.

More information

Questions? Please contact Peggy O’Brien (pobrien@folger.edu). 


Photo by James R. Brantley