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Teaching Shakespeare Workshop

An intensive credit-bearing weekend course:
combination of face-to-face learning on June 23 - 25, 2012 
& online learning from May 14 - July 6, 2012. 

 A collaboration between the Departments of Theatre and English at the University of South Dakota.

Teaching Shakespeare Workshop:

Course: THEA/ENGL 493/593: Teaching Shakespeare
Credit Hours: 3
Course Dates: Face to Face: June 23 - 25, 2012; Online: May 14 - July 6, 2012
Location: The Arena Theatre, Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Instructors: Chaya Gordon-Bland, M.F.A. and Darlene Farabee, Ph.D.

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Current USD Students, please register through WebAdvisor

If you are not a current USD student please Register using this Registration Form.

Workshop Description:

Designed for high school teachers, graduate students, and undergraduate students interested in teaching Shakespeare, this 3-credit course will expose participants to a wide variety of new techniques and approaches to bringing Shakespeare's work and words to life for today's high school students and lower-level undergraduates.  The course will culminate with participants creating, teaching, receiving feedback on, and revising their own Shakespeare lesson plans.  Students will engage with one another on-line and then spend an intensive three-day weekend in Vermillion for classroom work.  Students must be prepared to engage through on-line access prior to the course and after the weekend to enrich and continue the experience.  This course is being team-taught by faculty of Theatre and English and will expose participants to a rich and diverse experience in learning fresh, new approaches to teaching Shakespeare.

South Dakota K-12 teachers who register for the Teaching Shakespeare Workshop may be eligible for South Dakota's reduced tuition program, which typically pays half tuition. 


Workshop Activities Include:
  • Engaging students in Shakespeare's drama
  • Putting Shakespeare in its feet
  • Unlocking the language of the plays
  • Scene work and analysis from Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet
  • And much more!
Who Should Attend?

High School Teachers: Use this program to re-invigorate your high school students' interactions with Shakespeare in theatre programs and English classrooms.

Graduate Students (in Theatre, English or Education): Apply these credits toward your USD graduate degree or check with your University about transferring the credits.

Upper-Level Undergraduate Students (in Education): Apply these credits toward your USD undergraduate degree and gain valuable material for your teaching portfolio.

Workshop Schedule:
Classes will be held from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday- Monday, June 23 - 25, 2012 in the Arena Theatre in the Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts on the University of South Dakota Campus.  Coffee and rolls will be provided in the morning, and there will be an hour lunch break each day.  The course will conclude with a closing reception.
For More Information:

For more information about the Teaching Shakespeare Workshop, please contact The Division of Continuing & Distance Education at 605-677-6240 or; Chaya Gordon-Bland at 605-677-5419 or; or Darlene Farabee at 605-677-5229 or