Shakespeare in Performance!
This four week class involves the study of three Shakespeare plays and culminates in a four-day trip to the Tony Award-winnning Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City, Utah, to see the plays performed. Auditors are welcome.
The course requires an additional fee, which includes transportation to Cedar City, accommodation in nicely furnished suites with kitchenettes on the campus of Southern Utah University, tickets to three Shakespeare plays and one additional play, and daily literary and production seminars with actors and staff involved with the festival.
For more information, please click on the links below:
- This Year's Plays
- Sample Trip Itinerary (.pdf document)
- About the Instructors
- Course Dates
The plays studied in the course change every year. For a list of this year's plays, see the assigned course books in the ISU course listing.
Students and faculty travel to the Shakespearean Festival in ISU Fleet Transportation, usually a roomy Suburban or mini-van (or both), depending on student numbers.
The dorms provide beds, kitchen facilities, large bathrooms, towels and soap. Students who would like to cook for themselves should bring utensils, dishes, and a small pot, etc. A grocery store and restaurants are nearby.
While there are no phones, students may bring cell phones. There is free WIFI access.
The course is taught by English Department faculty, and most commonly by Dr. Jessica Winston, who has a Ph.D. in Renaissance literature. She regularly teaches Shakespeare, Genre Studies in Drama, and early British Literature, and she has published on Shakespeare and Renaissance literature.
From Student Course Evaluations
"What an amazing experience! This class has illuminated and enlightened Shakespeare for me. I almost think it should be a requirement for English and Theatre majors."
"The entire class along with the trip was an incredible educational experience. This has been one of my favorite classes in my college career and one that I think I have taken the most from. I will highly recommend this course to anyone who needs upper-division English credits. Overall a very positive experience."
"I liked this class. The class discussions were very helpful and engaging. Going down to the Festival was a great opportunity because I got a lot more from seeing the plays in addition to just reading them. This is a great class."
English 477/577 is normally offered for four weeks in the summer. For specific course dates and times, see classes.isu.edu.