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 will be able to attend either on site or remotely. 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).

Course Structure

The course is organised as a cycle of lectures and workshops, offered in 'blended' mode, over a week.

On 24 and 25 July the first edition of the Verona Shakespeare Fringe Festival (VSFF) will take place at the Teatro Scientifico (websiite under construction). The Festival is part of the course and will be followed by a question and answer session with the actors on 26 July. The festival will take place both on site and 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.

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

Students in Group A will be provided with reading materials by June 28, 2021. A test on this material will be held on July 27, 2021. End-of-course essays will be due by August 13, 2021.

Director: Silvia Bigliazzi
Scientific Committee: Chiara Battisti, Silvia Bigliazzi, Sidia Fiorato
Comitato Organizzatore: 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)

Eric Nicholson (New York University Florence)

Stephen Orgel (Stanford University)
Elena Pellone (Shakespeare Institute)
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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Sponsored by:




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