Shakespeare Festival Conference

Grand  Valley Shakespeare Festival Conference: Pedagogy and Performance


September 26 and 27, 2014

Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids and Allendale, Michigan



Registration Costs:


Early Bird Registration ends 09/22

$ 85 for faculty, staff and teachers; $ 55 for graduate students.


Regular Registration

$ 100 for faculty, staff and teachers; $ 65 for graduate students.



GVSU graduate students may attend for free.


Michigan teachers will be able to register for Continuing Education Credits (C.E.U.'s) by attending and / or presenting at this conference.



Those wanting to pay by check rather than with a credit card online can print the online registration form at the above link, and mail it to 

Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Conference

Attn. Allie Metz

290 LSH School of Communications

Grand Valley State University 1 Campus Drive

Allendale, MI 49534


Contact Professor Allie Metz with questions at:


Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival, Michigan’s oldest continuous-running Shakespeare Festival, in conjunction with the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company, Michigan's only year-round touring Shakespeare company, is holding its bi-annual conference in 2014, entitled "Shakespeare: Pedagogy and  Performance".
This year, we are focusing on issues that affect the teaching, production, or performance of Shakespeare and early modern drama for secondary or college students. We are currently seeking proposals from Shakespeare Festival Education Directors, English, Theatre, and Interdisciplinary Professors, Secondary Education Teachers, and Graduate Students specializing in Shakespeare, Theatre, dramaturgy, or the early modern period.
The featured Conference Keynote Speaker and Festival Scholar-in-Residence is Tony Simotes, one of the Founding Members and current Artistic Director for Shakespeare & Company. Now in their 36th season, Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshire Hills in Lenox, Massachusetts, is one of the largest and best known Shakespeare Festivals in the United States. Simotes has either performed in or directed over two dozen productions for Shakespeare & Company during the past three decades.  He is also a Master Teacher of Fight and Movement and has been one of the Company¹s Artistic Associates since 1995. For Shakespeare & Company he has directed such productions as Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, and Two Gentlemen of Verona to name a few.  His work as a fight choreographer and director has been featured coast to coast, from the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles to the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater.  Recent directing credits include The Nerd for Madison Repertory Theatre and Fight Direction for Macbeth at Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. 
The 2014 Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival Conference also features:
  • A performance of Comedy of Errors by the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival
  • A performance of Macbeth by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
  • Pat Quigley, Education Consultant  at the Stratford Festival

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