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October 7 - 9, 2016

Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids and Allendale, Michigan


Shakespeare Festival Education Directors, Professors of English, Theatre, and Interdisciplinary Studies, Secondary Education Teachers, and Graduate Students specializing in Shakespeare, Theatre, dramaturgy, or the early modern period from across the United States and Canada will come together the first weekend of October to engage in workshops, performances, presentations, and discussions about teaching all things Shakespearean. 

Proposal Submissions


Dr. Phyllis Rackin

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Phyllis Rackin, Professor of English Emerita, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rackin, a former President of the Shakespeare Association of America, has published five books on Shakespeare: Shakespeare's Tragedies; Stages of History: Shakespeare's English Chronicles; and Engendering a Nation: A Feminist Account of Shakespeare's English Histories, which she wrote in collaboration with Professor Jean E. Howard; Shakespeare and Women, and an anthology of essays on The Merry Wives of Windsor, co-edited with Professor Evelyn Gajowski. Her awards include an ACLS fellowship and a Lindback award for distinguished teaching.

Andrea Gammon

Plenary Speaker - Andrea Gammon, Director of Education from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Andrea received her BFA in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory in Boston, MA, her BEd from the University of Western Ontario and her MA in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. In her capacity as Director of Education with the Festival, she is the program director for the Festival's education, outreach and enrichment activities for all patron interest groups including the Shakespeare School for students, the Teaching Shakespeare Program for teachers and multiple enrichment and Forum events for general audiences.


  • Measure for Measure by the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival
  • GVSU's Bard to Go educational touring troupe
  • John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company

Presentations, workshops and roundtable discussions with national and international Shakespeare enthusiasts from university and professional settingsl

Reduced hotel rates for "Shakespeare Conference" (while rooms last) at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown, Tel # (616) 235-7611.

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