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The Integrated Pathway in Shakespeare Studies comprises a set of Shakespeare-related courses from English, History and Theater Arts. Through these, an immersive experience with a Shakespeare-producing theater, and a capstone presentation, it will provide students with an overview of the skills needed to mount a successful production of a Shakespeare play.


Nate Eastman
Associate Professor of English

Mia Khayat
Visiting Instructor in Theatre Arts
Plan of Study


The following course is required:

  • ENG 359 - Shakespeare and Social Problems

AND any three of following courses:

  • HIST 358 - Tudor and Stuart England
  • THEA 260 - Foundations of Acting
  • THEA 270 - Theatercraft
  • THEA 280 - Script Analysis
  • THEA 370 - Directing
  • THEA 386 - Devised Theatre


Co-curricular Activity

Students must act in, direct, dramaturg (research for), or manage a college, community, or professional Shakespeare production.

In most cases this will be a minimum four-week commitment, and could be fulfilled through an Earlham College, Richmond Shakespeare or Richmond Civic Theatre production. This means there will be at least two local opportunities every year. Either Shakespeare Studies faculty member Nate Eastman or Mia Khayat can supervise students' experience as appropriate.

Using connections that Eastman has established through our annual Shakespeare offerings and the Richmond Shakespeare Festival, students would also have the opportunity to work with productions:

  •   In local and regional prisons
  •   Through Notre Dame Shakespeare
  •   In the Miami University and Ball State University Theatre Departments
  •   With Muse of Fire Shakespeare in Evanston, Illinois
  •   With any of the 75 Shakespeare theatres who are members of the Shakespeare Theatre Association

The objective of this activity is to help students experience the ways that otherwise abstract types of Shakespeare-related knowledge get put to work in production, and consequently get leveraged to improve communities' civic, artistic and economic qualities of life.


Culminating Experience

Students could fulfill their culminating experience with:

  • A portfolio of Shakespeare-related work, backed with a 1,000-word reflection and explanation
  • A 10-minute presentation of a Shakespeare-related project (perhaps at the Annual Research Conference)
  • Any other project, such as the creation of a Shakespeare-related game, adaptation, or creative piece (with consent of the Nate Eastman or Mia Khayat, and through a formal proposal process)
Related Departments

For more information, contact Associate Professor of English Nate Eastman.