"Thou art a scholar; speak to it."

Shakespeare and The Other • August 6–8, 2018

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.

Symposium sessions and opening and keynote speakers are open to the public at no charge. Meals and plays require registration and payment of the registration fee.

For further information, call 435-865-8333


Call for Papers

Submit a paper on Shakespeare and The Other.

The Wooden O Symposium invites panel and paper proposals on any topic related to the text and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The conference seeks papers/panels that investigate our 2018 theme: Shakespeare and The Other. Topics could range from marginalized characters, underdogs, and outliers, to inclusivity or diversity in the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. We welcome unique interpretations of this theme. This year’s symposium encourages papers and panels that speak to the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2018 summer season: The Merchant of Venice, Henry VI Part One, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Othello. 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, 2018. 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


Register for the symposium and the banquet.

Follow the links below to:

  1. Register for the symposium by filling out a simple online form. After you click Submit, the next screen will have a link for payment. You must complete the online payment for your registration to be complete.

  2. Included in your registration is one ticket to the banquet. If you would like to bring somebody else, please pay for him or her.

Journal of the Wooden O

The Journal of the Wooden O is a peer-reviewed, cross-disciplinary, academic publication focusing on all things Shakespeare.

The Journal is published annually by Southern Utah University Press in cooperation with the SUU Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Editors welcome submissions on all aspects of Shakespeare Studies including text, performance, history, design, adaptation (film, fiction, and visual and performing arts), Elizabethan and Jacobean culture and history, and Shakespeare's contemporaries.

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 journal for $15/year. Prices include shipping and handling.

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