Transforming Shakespeare's Tragedies: Adaptation, Education, and Diversity


Combined format


Ogden, UT and Online


June 12, 26, and August 20, 2022 (virtual); July 10-27, 2022 (residential)


3 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience




This Institute will introduce teachers to adaptations of Hamlet and Othello (from novels, plays, and films to video games and web series created by young people themselves), and help them build lesson plans for integrating adaptations into the classroom in meaningful and relevant ways. As complementary texts—not replacements—Shakespeare adaptations can give students entry into a world at once foreign and familiar. If students believe they can understand and enjoy reading material and see some connections to their own lives, they are likely to confront Shakespeare’s language and stories with less trepidation and more open minds.

Project Director(s)

Deborah Uman; Jennifer Flaherty

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Ariane Balizet; Vanessa Corredera; Alexa Joubin; Douglas Lanier; Mark Miazga; Jesus Montano; Scott O'Neil

Grantee Institution

Weber State University

Funded through the Division of Education Programs