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Shakespeare in Ashland: Teaching from Performance is the Center's acclaimed national summer institute for school teachers. Since 1987 three hundred teachers have taken part in the Shakespeare in Ashland programs held at SOU and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Listed below is a description of our 2005 NEH institute.

Shakespeare in Ashland 2005invited 25 school teachers to study Shakespeare's plays in performance in the spectacular setting of Ashland, Oregon. Participants  immersed themselves in Shakespeare for four weeks, exploring new critical approaches and practicing new strategies for teaching Shakespeare with the help of director Alan Armstrong; Oregon Teacher of the Year Vincent Wixon; four eminent Shakespeare scholars; and actors, directors, and other professionals from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Past participants call Shakespeare in Ashland "amazing," "one of the finest educational experiences of my teaching career," and "an outstanding reminder of what professional development should be." Participants received a stipend of $3000 (graduate credit available optionally) and attended twelve Oregon Shakespeare Festival performances.

Plays in 2005:
Love's Labor's Lost
Richard III
Twelfth Night
Doctor Faustus
(Christopher Marlowe)

Ralph Alan Cohen (Shenandoah Shakespeare/Mary Baldwin College)
Jean Howard (Columbia University)
Carol Chillington Rutter (University of Warwick)
Michael Warren (University of California, Santa Cruz)