Shakespeare and the Mediterranean
International Summer School in Verona
Romeo and Juliet
September 11-18, 2020

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.

The Summer School is open to university students, teachers, and performers. Participants will be divided into two groups:

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

The course is organised as a cycle of lectures and workshops over a week.

Students in Group A will be provided with reading materials by August 25. A test on this material will be held on September 11, 2020. End-of-course essays will be due by September 30, 2020.

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).

Applications are now open and will close on July 31, 2020.

Admitted candidates will be notified by August 7, 2020 and the deadline for the tuition fee is August 18, 2020.

Director: Silvia Bigliazzi
Scientific Committee: Chiara Battisti, Silvia Bigliazzi, Sidia Fiorato
Organising Committee: Valentina Adami, 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)

Victoria Bladen (University of Queensland)

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)

Lucia Nigri (University of Salford-Manchester)

Nicola Pasqualicchio (University of Verona)
David Schalkwyk (Queen Mary University of London)

Emanuel Stelzer (University of Verona)

Savina Stevanato (University of Roma Tre) 

Laura Weston (Movement director)

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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