Center for Shakespeare Studies

The Center for Shakespeare Studies at Southern Utah University engages in academic research, promotes literary and production dramaturgy, and offers programming focused on Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The Center for Shakespeare Studies program explores Shakespeare’s work through theatre, literature, history, politics, art and music history, philosophy, and language.

The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The 2020 conference seeks papers that investigate our 2020 theme: Shakespeare, Story, and Adaptation. Topics could range from the art and power of storytelling, legends and tales, or the drive to adapt stories. We welcome unique interpretations of this theme. 

Next year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 season: Pericles, The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s Worst!, Into the Breeches!, and Desperate Measures (a musical based on Measure for Measure). 

Abstracts for consideration for the Wooden O sessions and individual presentations should be sent to

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2020. 

The Symposium will be held August 10-12, 2020 in Cedar City, UT.

Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than June 1, 2020. 

Please include 250-word abstracts or session proposals (including individual abstracts) and the following information:

•Name of presenter(s) 
•Participant category (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate, or independent scholar) 
•College/university affiliation 
•Mailing address 
•Email address 
•Audio/visual requirements and any other special requests

2019 High School Shakespeare Competition

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