Past Institutes

Teaching Shakespeare

On October 24, 2014, Humanities Texas held a workshop in Dallas for secondary-level language arts teachers on teaching the plays of William Shakespeare.


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.

Fifty-seven teachers attended the workshop. Content was aligned with the TEKS, with particular emphasis placed on newly added or revised standards. Teachers received books and other instructional materials and were trained in the examination and interpretation of primary sources.


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

Program Resources

Our December 2014 newsletter included a slideshow of images from the workshop.

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

Location and schedule

The workshop overview includes the program schedule and participants.


The workshop was made possible with funding from the Carl B. and Florence E. King Foundation with ongoing support from The State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

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"Teaching Shakespeare" workshop participants at Communities Foundation of Texas in Dallas.
John Rumrich leads a small-group discussion with workshop participants.