Teaching Shakespeare Institute: Summer Academy

*Please note that there is no Summer Academy in 2018 because we are hosting our four-week, NEH-funded Teaching Shakespeare Institute this year. Please check back in winter 2019 for information about the Summer Academy 2019.*

Summer Academy 2017

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

Thirty participants from all over the country spent 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 made 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 worked 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 accomplished

Summer Academy participants

  • Studied Macbeth—and how to teach it—as a scholar, a performer, and a classroom teacher.
  • Engaged in rigorous work all day, starting with scholarly lectures in the morning and ending with curriculum workshops in the evening.
  • Created 3-day teaching modules on Macbeth that incorporate primary source documents, performance-based approaches, and a focus on language.
  • Forged 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.


More information

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


Photo: James R. Brantley