NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers

This summer, Theatre for a New Audience will host 25 middle and high school teachers from across the country for Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays.  This in-depth professional development program uses a carefully integrated approach to explore text-based scholarship, contextual and original source material, language, and performance in three Shakespeare plays under the guidance of leading Shakespeare scholars and theatre practitioners.  The Institute will be held at Theatre for a New Audience’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Today, the study of Shakespeare remains at the heart of scholarly investigation, public performance, and literary study in middle schools and high schools, colleges and universities. These three components are linked in Scholarship and Performance: Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays in an organic approach that will deepen teachers’ familiarity with primary source material and historical context, enrich their understanding of textual analysis and performance (and the relationship between the two), and enhance their ability to identify and teach common literary themes across a variety of Shakespeare’s plays. In doing so, the Institute aims to improve research and pedagogical practice, as well as to enliven the study of Shakespeare.

The theme for the 2017 Institute is “Family Values: Marriage, Friendship, and Authority in Shakespeare’s Households.” By focusing on two plays that are regularly taught in high schools (Twelfth Night and Hamlet) and one less familiar play that picks up themes from these earlier plays (The Winter’s Tale), the Institute aims to create a manageable intellectual framework for exploring common threads and ideas that will be helpful for teachers in their classrooms This is an extraordinary opportunity for teachers to engage in a dynamic and challenging learning experience that is as intellectually stimulating as it is practical.






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July 17-28, 2017

Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn, NY

Theatre for a New Audience

March 1, 2017 (postmark deadline)

March 31, 2017

April 7, 2017

Full-time middle and high school teachers


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Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Pictured above: Participants in the 2016 NEH Summer Institute for School Teachers; Polonsky Shakespeare Center, photo ©David Sundberg/Esto.