Past Institutes

Teaching Shakespeare

On September 30, 2011, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop in Austin for secondary language arts teachers on teaching the plays of William Shakespeare.

Workshop faculty included J. Dennis Huston (Rice University), Nancy Cain Marcus (Southern Methodist University), and James Loehlin, Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, and John Rumrich, all of The University of Texas at Austin.

Content was aligned with the TEKS, with particular emphasis placed on newly added or revised standards. Faculty lectures addressed: the historical and cultural contexts of Shakespeare's works; the classical sources and dramatic conventions central to Shakespeare's plays; approaches to teaching A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth; and teaching Shakespearean drama using performance-based strategies.


The workshop program includes the schedule, a list of the program participants, a summary of the program evaluations, and photographs. Our October/November 2011 newsletter included excerpts of the faculty lectures and images from the workshop.

View videos of faculty lectures from the workshop:


The workshop was made possible with major funding from the state of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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J. Dennis Huston Lecture
J. Dennis Huston (Rice University) delivers a talk on approaches to teaching A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
James Loehlin Workshop
James Loehlin (UT Austin) leads a primary source workshop on performance-based strategies for teaching Shakespeare.
John P. Rumrich Workshop
John P. Rumrich (UT Austin) discusses Macbeth with teachers.