Shakespeare Festival Conference


                                     Friday, September 26 & Saturday, September 27, 2014          

Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids and Allendale, Michigan

CALL FOR PAPERS - Deadline for submissions: May 30, 2014 (previous deadline has been extended)

Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival, Michigan’s oldest continuous-running Shakespeare Festival, invites proposals for papers (15-20 minute presentations), panels, and workshops (75 minutes long) on Shakespeare Pedagogy and Performance.  We are especially interested in issues that affect the teaching, production, or performance of Shakespeare and early modern drama for secondary or college students. We are 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.  Abstracts of approximately 250 words or panel/workshop proposals (including individual abstracts) must be submitted online at:   

Presenters should send questions about proposals to Professor Jo Miller at:

Questions about attending the conference can be sent to Professor Alli Metz at:


Featured Conference Keynote Speaker and Scholar-in-Residence is Shakespeare and Company’s Founding Member and Artistic Director, Tony Simotes.  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:  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. 

The conference also features:

  • EARLY BIRD Conference Registration Costs: $85 for faculty, staff, teachers, actors, and Education Directors. $55 for Graduate Students
  • A performance of Comedy of Errors by the GVSU Shakespeare Festival
  • A performance of MacBeth by the Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Company
  • Pat Quigley, Education Consultant at the Stratford Festival
  • Michigan teachers may register for State Board-Continuing Education Credits (SB-CEU's) by attending and / or presenting at this conference, pending approval from the State Board.



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