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Wooden O Symposium

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The Play That Goes Wrong

June 30 - October 7, 2023

Randall L. Jones Theatre


July 15 - October 7, 2023

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Timon of Athens

July 14 - October 7, 2023

Eileen and Allen Anes Studio Theatre

Jane Austen's Emma The Musical

June 22 - October 7, 2023

Randall L. Jones Theatre

Wooden O Symposium

August 7-9, 2023

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.

For further information, email Scott Knowles scottknowles@suu.edu or Jessica Tvordi tvordi@suu.edu

Presenter Registration

2023 Call for Papers

The 2023 Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic relating to Shakespeare and his plays:

  • Literary Analysis & Theoretical Approaches
  • Shakespeare and Adaptation
  • Shakespeare on Screen
  • Shakespeare in Performance
  • Shakespeare and History, Culture, and Society
  • Shakespeare and Rhetoric
  • Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
  • Shakespeare and the Arts

We encourage papers and presentations that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2023 summer season: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus, Timon of Athens, and Romeo and Juliet. 

This year’s meeting will be face-to-face with 1-2 panels reserved for virtual participants. Submit your proposals utilizing the linked form: Wooden O Symposium Submission Form.

The deadline for proposals is March 15, 2023. Session chairs and individual authors will be informed of acceptance no later than May 1. Please include a 250-word abstracts or session proposal (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.

Journal of the Wooden O

The Journal of the Wooden O is a peer-reviewed academic publication focusing on all things Shakespeare. It is published annually by Southern Utah University Press in cooperation with the SUU Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Articles published in the the Journal of the Wooden O are indexed in the MLA International Bibliography and the World Shakespeare Bibliography and appear full-text in EBSCO Academic Search Premiere.

Selected papers from the annual Wooden O Symposium, as well as other submitted papers, are considered for publication.

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

Top photo: A scene from Hamlet, 2019. Photo by Karl Hugh.
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