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Teaching Shakespeare Workshops, a partnership between the ESU and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Librarygive teachers nationwide the tools that they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms. These workshops are lead by experts from the Folger National Teacher Corps and focus on the Folger Four (scholarship, performance, curriculum and assessment). 

2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensive: ROMEO AND JULIET

Co-sponsored by Shakespeare in Paradise

June 16 & 17, 2014
8:30-5:00 (tentative) 

Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd South
Ft. Meyers, FL 33965
Cohen Center, Room 214

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Registration Fee:
$35 (Includes tuition and materials)

Registration deadline: 
June 2, 2014

Early registrations appreciated. 

Instructors for the 2014 Institute

Kevin J. Costa, Folger Master Teacher

Mr. Costa is the Director of Fine & Performing Arts at McDonogh School in Baltimore, MD, where he also serves as head of the drama program and leads the school's Institute for Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies. He earned his Ph.D. at SUNY-Buffalo, with a focus on Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and dramatic theory. Since 2006, Kevin has served as Education Director and as an artistic associate for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, a professional classical theatre located in Ellicott City, MD. He is also an active teaching artist for the education division of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. He lives on the campus of McDonogh School with his wife, Renée, and his son, Ethan. 

Dr. Rebecca Totaro, Shakespeare Scholar

Dr. Totaro is Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University and General Editor of Medieval & Renaissance Literary Studies, a book series with Duquesne University Press. Recipient of the 2010  Monroe Kirk Spears Award  from SEL  Studies  in   English Literature 1500-1900  for her essay "Securing Sleep in Hamlet," Totaro is author of  Suffering in Paradise: The Bubonic Plague in English Literature from More to Milton (2005); co-editor of Representing the Plague in  Early  Modern   England  (2010); and editor of The Plague in Print:  Essential  Elizabethan  Sources, 1558-1603 (2009) and of The Plague Epic in Early Modern England (2012).


Dr. Lisa Starks-Estes, Shakespeare Scholar

Dr. Starks-Estes is Associate Professor of English and  Director of MLA Program at University of South Florida St. Petersburg. She has published articles, edited special issues of journals, and co-edited book collections on sexuality and violence in Renaissance drama, Shakespeare on screen, and other topics.

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