“Shakespeare and Digital Storytelling” is a two-week summer institute for 25 English teachers of grades 9-12, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The theme of “translation,” as a means to contextualize Shakespeare’s art and to construct contemporary meaning, underpins the institute, which will be offered as a residential program on the campus of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, in the summer of 2022.

It will be taught by an interdisciplinary team composed of a Project Director in English Education and Theater, a Professor of English and Shakespearean scholar, a Professor of Art, and an Associate Professor of History, supported by a consultant digital curator, an experienced theater educator, and four accomplished K-12 teachers. The institute will guide participants in an in-depth study of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Taming of the Shrew, and Hamlet, exploring the plays’ folk and fairy tales roots as well as 21st-century approaches to teaching Shakespeare, including digital storytelling (DST). 

Dates of Institute: Summer 2021
Location: Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia (a few miles from Atlanta)
Application deadline: March 1, 2022

Send inquiries about the institute to the institute director, Dr. Toby Emert, at temert@agnesscott.edu.

Watch the site for updates as we move closer to the application deadline.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes allow K-12 educators an opportunity to enrich and revitalize their teaching through the study of humanities topics that bear upon K-12 education. Participants receive a certificate upon completion of the program, but the programs are not intended to duplicate graduate-level courses.

Each institute allows 25 to 36 participants to study a humanities topic with a team of experienced scholars. Project leaders and participants mutually explore connections between scholarship and teaching, and some time is provided for work on individual or collaborative projects. 

The NEH expects and promotes an ethos of civility in its institute programming and has developed a set of guidelines for participants.


The Shakespeare and Digital Storytelling Summer Institute for Teachers has been made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.