Past Institutes

Teaching Shakespeare

On September 20, 2013, Humanities Texas held a one-day workshop in Houston for forty-two secondary-level 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 Shakespeare's comedies, and teaching Shakespeare using performance-based strategies.


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

Program Resources

Our October 2013 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

View videos of faculty lectures from the 2012 "Teaching Shakespeare" workshop:

Location and Schedule

The program overview includes the schedule and participants.

Sponsors and Partners

The workshop was generously hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Humanities Texas teacher professional development programs are made possible with major funding from the state of Texas, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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Workshop participants gather at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
John P. Rumrich, Arthur J. Thaman and Wilhelmina Dore' Thaman Endowed Professor in English at The University of Texas at Austin, speaks about the classical sources of Shakespearean tragedy.