Past Institutes

Teaching Shakespeare

On April 5–6, 2018, Humanities Texas held one-day workshops in Austin and San Antonio for language arts teachers on teaching the plays of William Shakespeare.


Faculty lectures addressed the historical and cultural contexts of Shakespeare's works, approaches to commonly taught comedies and tragedies, teaching using performance-based strategies, and developing effective writing assignments that support and emerge from the study of Shakespeare's works.

The workshops emphasized close interaction with scholars and the development of effective pedagogical strategies and engaging assignments and activities. Content was aligned with the secondary ELA TEKS.


Workshop faculty included J. Dennis Huston of Rice University, Ann Christensen and Laura Turchi of the University of Houston, and Paul Sullivan and Elizabeth Richmond-Garza of The University of Texas at Austin.

Location and Schedule

The Austin workshop was held on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The San Antonio workshop was held at Education Service Center, Region 20.


The workshops were made possible with major funding from the State of Texas and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, with ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Questions about Teacher Institutes

Call 512.440.1991 or email

J. Dennis Huston, Gladys Louise Fox Professor Emeritus of English at Rice University, discusses tools for engaging students with Shakespeare in Austin.
Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, associate professor of English and director of the Program in Comparative Literature at The University of Texas at Austin, gives a presentation titled “Shakespeare Our Contemporary: Going Global with the Globe” in San Antonio.
Ann C. Christensen, associate chair and associate professor of English at the University of Houston, and Laura Turchi, associate professor of English at the University of Houston, deliver a lecture on writing in the Shakespeare classroom in San Antonio.
Paul V. Sullivan, lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, engages with workshop participants in Austin.