"Thou art a scholar; speak to it."

Southern Utah University • August 8–10, 2016

The Wooden O Symposium is a cross-disciplinary conference exploring Medieval through Early Modern Studies, through the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to submit papers that offer insights and new ideas springing from the era of William Shakespeare. His plays are replete with the language, thoughts and arts of the Renaissance and Western culture and represent an inexhaustible source for creative ideas and research.

The symposium is hosted by Southern Utah University and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Scholars attending the conference will have the unique opportunity of immersing themselves in research, text, and performance in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western United States


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Call for Papers

Submit a paper on Shakespeare and the new frontier.

The Wooden O Symposium, sponsored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University, is a cross-disciplinary conference focusing on the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays, and is held in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the western U.S. 

The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The conference also seeks papers/panels that investigate our 2016 theme: Shakespeare and the New Frontier. The "New Frontier" could be anything from the American West, to the Digital Age, to new and innovative performance styles.

This year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2016 summer season: Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V, and Julius Caesar. Abstracts for consideration for the Wooden O sessions and individual presentations should be sent to usfeducation@bard.org

The deadline for proposals is May 1, 2016. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than May 15. 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.

Submit the abstract or proposal via post or e-mail to:

Wooden O Symposium
c/o Utah Shakespeare Festival
351 W. Center St. 
Cedar City, UT 84720

Telephone: 435-865-8333
Fax: 435-865-8003

For further information, call 435-865-8333

Journal of the Wooden O Symposium

The Journal of the Wooden O Symposium is an annual publication containing selected papers from the summer symposium.

In order to be included in the Journal of the Wood O Symposium, peer-reviewed papers presented at the symposium undergo a second review process.

Selected articles are indexed in the MLA International Bibliography. Also, the journal includes the top undergraduate paper selected from the symposium.

Single copies may be purchased for $15 each. Libraries or individuals may subscribe to the jouranl for $15/year. Prices include shipping and handling.

Top photo: The actor panel at the Wooden O Symposium.