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ONLINE REGISTRATION OPEN. Discounts available for area teachers

TEACHER SCHOLARSHIPS still available subsidizing $70 of registration cost (recipients pay only $10) – contact Professor Alli Metz if interested in applying

Michigan teachers will be able to register for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs). The amount of SCECHs for this conference is 3 – 18 by attending and / or presenting at this conference.

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. 

Registration Costs:


$95 for faculty, staff and teachers; $55 for graduate students.

Late registration

$110 for faculty and teachers; $65 for graduate students.

GVSU faculty, staff and graduate students may attend for free.

MICHIGAN TEACHERS (high school / middle school) conference registration special fee
$80 for high school or middle school teacher
**Multi-teacher discount** Buy one, get one free for multiple teachers attending from same school 

10 TEACHER SCHOLARSHIPS available subsidizing $70 of registration cost (recipients pay only $10) – contact Professor Alli Metz if interested in applying

Michigan teachers will be able to register for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs). The amount of SCECHs for this conference is 3 – 18 by attending and / or presenting at this conference.

Proposal Submissions

Registration and Registration Information

Dr. Phyllis Rackin


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.

Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Plenary Speaker

Dr. Martine Kei Green-Rogers (Ph.D. from the Department of Theatre and Drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from The Catholic University of America.  B.A. in Theatre from Virginia Wesleyan College) is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Utah.  Her professional dramaturgical work has been featured at the Classical Theatre Company (Houston, TX), the Court Theatre (Chicago, IL), Pioneer Memorial Theatre (Salt Lake City, UT), CATCO (Columbus, OH), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR), Madison Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival and the Wisconsin Wrights New Play Festival.  Her most recent publication is the article "Talkbacks for ‘Sensitive Subject Matter’ Productions: The Theory and Practice" in the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy.  She has previously taught at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX and Kenyon College in Gambier, OH.  She is a proud member of the American Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), a board member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), and co-Chair of the Emerging Scholars symposium at the Mid-American Theatre Conference.  She has been invited to speak on her work with the Play On!  project at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival which modernizes the English in Shakespeare's plays.  



  • Measure for Measure by the Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival
  • GVSU's Bard to Go educational touring troupe
  • The Tempest 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.

October 7-9, 2016

GENERAL SCHEDULE INFORMATION (DRAFT, subject to minor changes)*

Friday, October 7, 2016 – GVSU Allendale Campus

10:30AM - Registration Begins 

11:00AM - Noon – Welcome and PLENARY SPEAKER #1: Dr. Martine Green-Rodgers, Assistant Professor and Professional Dramaturg speaking about Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “Play On!” Translation Project

Noon – 1:30 – Lunch on own (Campus Dining Centers will be most convenient)

1:30-3:00pm – Pigeon Creek workshop, Alumni Center
                                    Topic: Michigan Humanities tour

3:00-3:15pm – Break

3:15-4:00pm – Shakespeare Festival Greenshow

4:00-6:00pm - Keynote Speech & Discussion session with Dr. Phyllis Rackin

6:00-7:30pm – Dinner Break and find seats for performance

7:30 -10:00pm – Measure for Measure, Louis Armstrong Theatre


Saturday, October 8 – GVSU Downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus, 

Richard M. DeVos Center and Loosemore Auditorium

9:00 – 9:30am - Registration and Coffee, Lubbers-Hagar Lobby of DeVos Center

9:30-9:45am - Welcome Remarks 

9:45-10:00am - Break

10:00 - 11:15am - Open (concurrent) Session 1, presenter offerings

11:15am – 11:30am - Break

11:30am-12:45pm – Open (concurrent) Session 2, presenter offerings 

12:45-1:45 – All conference lunch, Loosemore Lobby, with Bard to Go performance excerpts from 1:15pm – 1:45pm

1:45pm - 3:00pm – All Conference Plenary Session # 2: Andrea Gammon, Stratford Festival Director of Education

3:00-3:15pm – Break

3:15 – 4:30pm – Open (concurrent) Session 3, presenter offerings 

4:30 - 7:15pm – Dinner Break (on own, downtown Grand Rapids – ENJOY ART PRIZE!)

7:30pm-10:00pm - Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company Performance


Sunday, October 9 – Holiday Inn Downtown

Brunch and Film Screening of Still Dreaming from Philomath Films

11AM – 12:30: Film

12:30 – 1:00: film discussion

1:00-2:00: Revisit Themes and Topics from opening day for reflection and closing


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