Past Institutes

Teaching Shakespeare

On September 28, 2012, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop in Austin for forty-eight secondary language arts teachers on teaching the plays of William Shakespeare.


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 of Shakespearean tragedy, approaches to teaching Romeo and Juliet, and teaching Shakespeare using performance-based strategies.


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

Program Resources

Our October 2012 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

View videos of faculty lectures from the workshop:

Location and Schedule

The workshop overview includes the program schedule and participants.


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

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email

Teachers gather in front of the Byrne-Reed House.
James N. Loehlin, Shakespeare at Winedale Regents Professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin, leads a workshop on using performance-based strategies for teaching Shakespeare.