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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). 

shakespeare Set Free Institute: Scholarship, Performance & Pedagogy

Shakespeare Set Free is a two-day interactive, intensive, non-residential institute for middle and high school teachers sponsored by the English-Speaking Union in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library.  

Co-Sponsored by The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane.

July 26 & 27, 2013
Friday, July 26: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM*
* Includes reception hosted by ESU New Orleans Branch
Saturday, July 27: 9:00 AM to 5:15 PM 

Elleonora P. McWilliams Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Registration Fee:

LA State Participants: $75
Out-of-State Participants: $150

Registration Deadline: July 11, 2013

NOTE: Teachers are invited to attend the evening performance of SFT's Romeo and Juliet on July 26 or 27. Tickets are $25 per person. For more information, click here.

Instructors for the 2013 Institute:
  • Kevin 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 a Master Teacher for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC.
  • Michael Kuczynski is the English Department Chair at Tulane University. He specializes in Middle English literature (especially Chaucer), intersections between religion and literature in medieval and early modern England, and the relationship between poetry and the visual arts.  He has published widely on medieval manuscripts, early modern books, and nineteenth-century antiquarianism.
  • Catherine Loomis is an associate professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of New Orleans.  She is the author of The Death of Elizabeth I:  Remembering and Reconstructing the Virgin Queen, William Shakespeare:  A Documentary Volume, and numerous essays on Queen Elizabeth, Shakespeare, and original staging practices.
  • Chaney Tullos is the Education Coordinator & Production Stage Manager for The New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane. As an Adjunct Faculty Member at Tulane, he teaches Shakespeare on the Road in which Tulane students create a play about Shakespeare's life and works and then tour it to local schools free of charge. As an actor he has been a resident company member at Virginia Stage Company, The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The American Shakespeare Center and Swine Palace. He holds an MFA in Acting from LSU and is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association as well as SAG-AFTRA.

Register here for this summer's
Shakespeare Set Free Institute

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