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Wooden O Symposium

Wooden O Symposium

"Thou art a scholar; speak to it."

August 10–12, 2020 • Cedar City, Utah

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

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 are also 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.

Call for Papers, 2020

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 include the art and power of storytelling, legends and tales, the drive to adapt stories, etc. We welcome unique interpretations of this theme.

This 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. Session chairs and individual presenters will be informed of acceptance no later than June 1. 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 student, or independent scholar)

  • College/university affiliation

  • Mailing address

  • Email address

  • Audio/visual requirements and any other special requests

For further information, call 435-865-8333.

Journal of the Wooden O
c/o Southern Utah University Press  
351 West University Boulevard
Cedar City, UT 84720

fax 435-865-8152

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