Institute for Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies

The Institute for Shakespeare and Renaissance Studies operates on the premise that Shakespeare offers the most comprehensive vision of what it means to be human. The Institute offers a plan of study that is engaging, vital, and relevant to our students.


The Institute is an elected one-year curriculum for seniors providing concentrated study in the fields of Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture. Though a major objective is to perform Shakespeare’s plays, the Institute actively pursues an interdisciplinary approach in its work.

The Institute is project-based. Students read several plays and then focus on a single Shakespeare play that ultimately concludes in an “original practice” performance as their senior project. But the performance is only one project – and one assessment tool – in the Institute. Other Institute goals include writing, research, team work, leadership, and public speaking.

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