Shakespeare and the Mediterranean
International Summer School in Verona
Romeo and Juliet
July 27 - August 3, 2021

Since classical antiquity, the Mediterranean has been a breeding ground for cultural formation and transformation, extraordinarily capitalised on by Shakespeare, who set many of his plays there, re-elaborating narratives, cultural models, theatregrams, epistemological perspectives, and visual and material art forms. In turn, Italy and the other Mediterranean cultures are nowadays responding to the aesthetic and cultural stimuli of those plays, with ever new interpretations and reinterpretations.

SaM Summer School will approach Shakespeare and the Mediterranean from a double perspective that integrates source studies and performance studies: from the Mediterranean sources of Shakespeare to Shakespeare as a source of new adaptations and rewritings in the heart of the Mediterranean. This first edition will concentrate on Romeo and Juliet in a Mediterranean context.

Prospective Students

The Summer School is open to university students, teachers, and performers. Participants are free to choose in-person or remote attendance. Participants will be divided into two groups:

  • 1) Master’s and Doctoral students, as well as schoolteachers (Group A).
  • Acting School students and graduates as well as performers (Group B).

Course Structure

The summer school is designed as a cycle of lectures and workshops offered in a face-to-face environment or as synchronous online teaching. Participants are free to choose the most suitable mode. It also includes online learning activities before and after the live classes (Blended mode). 

On July 24 and 25 the first edition of the Verona Shakespeare Fringe Festival (VSFF) will take place at the Teatro Scientifico. The festival is part of the Summer School. On July 26 the interviews with the artists will take place. Students may assist to the festival on site or online

The Summer School will admit up to 50 participants (25 for Group A and 25 for Group B).

Classes will be held in English (Group A) and Italian and English (Group B). Minimum attendance: 80%, on site or online.


Applications are now open and will close on June 4, 2021. 4 giugno 2021.

Admitted candidates will be notified byJune 11, 2021 and the deadline for the tuition fee is by  June 18, 2021..

Students in Group A will be provided with reading materials by June 28, 2021.; il 27 luglio si svolgerà un test di accertamento sulla conoscenza generale di Shakespeare e, in particolare, di Romeo and Juliet. L’elaborato conclusivo dovrà essere inviato entro il 13 agosto 2021.

Director: Silvia Bigliazzi
Scientific Committee: Chiara Battisti, Silvia Bigliazzi, Sidia Fiorato
Organising Committee: Valentina Adami, Simona Brunetti, Susan Payne, Emanuel Stelzer, Roberta Zanoni
For information please write to:


Valentina Adami (University of Verona)

Guido Avezzù (University of Verona)

Chiara Battisti (University of Verona)

Jaq Bessell (GSA, University of Surrey)

Silvia Bigliazzi (University of Verona)

John Blondell (Westmont College and Lit Moon

Theatre Company, Santa Barbara, California)

Simona Brunetti (University of Verona)

Rosy Colombo (Sapienza University of Rome)

Andrea Coppone (Performer)

Bianca Del Villano (University of Naples l’Orientale)

Sidia Fiorato (University of Verona)

Felice Gambin (University of Verona)

Jason Lawrence (University of Hull)

David Lucking (University of Salento)

Fabio Mangolini (actor and director)

Eric Nicholson (New York University Florence)

Stephen Orgel (Stanford University)
Elena Pellone (Shakespeare Institute)
David Schalkwyk (Queen Mary University of London)

Erika Schipa (dancer, performer and dance teacher)

Emanuel Stelzer (University of Verona)

Savina Stevanato (University of Roma Tre)

Tzachi Zamir (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Roberta Zanoni (University of Verona)



In collaboration with: 

Queen Mary University of London
Guildford School of Acting, University of Surrey
Teatro Stabile di Verona

Under the auspices of:


AIA – Associazione Italiana di Anglistica

Comune di Verona

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