The Applied Shakespeare graduate certificate is a nine-credit interdisciplinary program offered in partnership with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the departments of English and Theatre & Dance. Explore acting, directing, interpreting, and teaching Shakespeare in an immersive context with your peers.

This program is designed to benefit a wide range of students:

  • Lifelong Shakespeare enthusiasts enroll for a deeper dive into Shakespeare’s plays, a behind-the-scenes look at Shakespeare in production, and an opportunity to consider new ways in which Shakespeare might apply to their own careers and lives
  • Teachers take away new tools for making Shakespeare fun, accessible and engaging in their classrooms
  • Theatre artists enroll to learn more about the innovative work that other theatre arts practitioners are doing in their communities

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Program Structure

Choose what fits your schedule by completing the program fully online or in conjunction with a one-week summer intensive with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival:

Fully Online Option

Complete the certificate in three semesters:

 Meets Mondays 3 - 5 pm Mountain Time, January 10 - April 25, 2022
 Taught by Associate Professor of English David Glimp
 Three credits
 This course focuses on answering the question: What is Applied Shakespeare? You analyze and discuss plays featured in Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming season. You also spend time brainstorming initial ideas for your individual capstone projects. Previous guest artists have included CSF Artistic Director Timothy Orr and Managing Director Wendy Franz, as well as directors of the summer season’s productions.

 Meets Mondays 3 - 5 pm Mountain Time, May 2 - July 18, 2022
 Taught by Associate Professor of Theatre Kevin Rich
 Three credits
 This course focuses on examining Applied Shakespeare in the community, education, and new work. You learn more about the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s season from its directors, dramaturgs, and designers and begin developing your own Applied Shakespeare capstone project. Previous guest artists have included Curt Tofteland (Shakespeare Behind Bars), Nancy Smith-Watson (Feast of Crispian), Sarah Enloe (American Shakespeare Center), and Kevin McClatchy (Shakespeare and Autism at OSU).

 Meets Mondays 3 - 5 pm Mountain Time, August 22 – December 5, 2022
 Taught by CSF Director of Outreach Amanda Giguere
 Three credits
 This course focuses on pedagogies, lesson plans, and exercises for making Shakespeare accessible for students of all ages and across multiple content.

Hybrid: Online and In-Person

Complete the certificate in two semesters: 

Meets Mondays 3 - 5 pm Mountain Time, January 10 - April 25, 2022
 Taught by Associate Professor of English David Glimp
 Three credits
 This course focuses on answering the question: What is Applied Shakespeare? You analyze and discuss plays featured in Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s upcoming season. You also spend time brainstorming initial ideas for your individual capstone project. Previous guest artists have included CSF Artistic Director Timothy Orr and Managing Director Wendy Franz, as well as directors of the summer season’s productions

 Meets Mondays 3 - 5 pm Mountain Time, May 2 - July 18, 2022
 Taught by Associate Professor of Theatre Kevin Rich
 Three credits
 This course focuses on examining Applied Shakespeare in the community, education, and new work. You learn more about the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s season from its directors, dramaturgs, and designers and begin developing your own Applied Shakespeare capstone project. Previous guest artists have included Curt Tofteland (Shakespeare Behind Bars), Nancy Smith-Watson (Feast of Crispian), Sarah Enloe (American Shakespeare Center), and Kevin McClatchy (Shakespeare and Autism at OSU).

 One week, on-campus intensive in Boulder, Colorado from July 25 - July 31, 2022
 Three credits
 This course offers a variety of hands-on master classes taught by CU Boulder faculty and CSF guest artists, which include acting, directing, voice, pedagogy, and guest lectures. You have the opportunity to watch rehearsals and performances for the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and have in-depth discussions of individual Applied Shakespeare capstone projects.

Capstone Project 

No matter the pathway you choose, the program culminates in the completion of your own Applied Shakespeare capstone project, in which you create a presentation, workshop, paper, solo performance or script that intersects Shakespeare with a topic, specific population, or social issue of your choosing. You have up to one month following the intensive to complete and submit your individual capstone project.

Online courses in both certificate tracks meet synchronously to facilitate discussion, but recordings of each class are posted in Canvas and available for review following the scheduled class time for students unavailable for real-time classes.

Standalone Courses

You also have the option to take any course independently of the certificate program for three graduate credits per course. Dive into a particular facet of applied Shakespeare or test out the program before commiting. If you are interested in this option, please email us at appliedshakespeare@colorado.edu

How to Apply 

You can apply to a certificate program as a degree-seeking or non degree student. In either case, you must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

Degree-seeking Students 

Students who wish to add a certificate to their graduate degree program must contact their department to discuss the process.

Non Degree Students

If you intend to pursue a certificate exclusively (and not as part of a degree), complete the Continuing Education nondegree certificate application which includes:

  1. Unofficial Transcript - documenting completion of an undergraduate degree.    
  2. Statement of Purpose - one page in length (this is your writing sample).

Note: Please include in your statement whether you are applying for: a) the hybrid online/in person graduate certificate including THTR 7004 (the on-campus summer intensive); or b) the entirely online graduate certificate including Teaching Shakespeare in lieu of THTR 7004. If you wish to take any course as a standalone, three-credit course (rather than the full certificate), please DO NOT apply using the link below. Instead, email a statement of interest directly to the program director at appliedshakespeare@colorado.edu.

  1. Reference Contact Information – a message will be sent to your academic or professional reference requesting a letter of recommendation.

Complete the Certificate Application Form.

The application deadline for the 2022 program is December 1, 2021.

Your completed application will be reviewed by the program director and you will be notified of the decision via email.

Tuition

The program tuition is $638 per credit hour or $5,742 for the nine-credit program. This cost applies to both CO resident and non-resident students.

Financial aid or scholarships are not available for this certificate program, however, we do offer a four-month payment plan for students who enroll prior to January 4, 2022. To learn more, visit this page and scroll down to Spring 2022 information. 

Have Questions?

If you have questions about the program or the application, contact us at appliedshakespeare@colorado.edu. We are here to help!

"The Applied Shakespeare program has been an invaluable experience for me on many levels. It has opened my eyes to multiple new ways of approaching Shakespeare studies."
-Jill Gordon

"Not only does Applied Shakespeare offer a unique way of exploring how Shakespeare fits into our contemporary world and serves diverse populations, but with students coming from such varied backgrounds, each class session has been insightful and engaging, and our professors have been both incredibly knowledgeable and encouraging throughout the course and the initial stages of our capstone development."
-Devon Burke

"What a lineup. This inspiring program provided us with face-to-face dialogue with the A-list of the leading Applied Shakespeare practitioners."
-Arthur Adams