Immerse yourself in the Applied Shakespeare graduate certificate program! Begin with an online, fully interactive graduate introduction to the upcoming Colorado Shakespeare Festival plays and other major Shakespeare works. Then, join your fellow students for an on-campus immersion at CU Boulder during the renowned Colorado Shakespeare Festival. You’ll explore acting, directing, interpreting and teaching Shakespeare in a fully interdisciplinary, experiential context with your fellow learners.

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.

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Curriculum for 2020 Certificate Program

ENGL 5000: Intro to Applied Shakespeare (3 credits)

  • Fridays 3 - 5pm, January 17 - April 24, 2020  
  • Course taught by member of CU Boulder English faculty 
  • Distance Learning
  • Content focus: 
    • What is Applied Shakespeare?
    • Analysis and discussion of plays in Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 season
    • Initial brainstorming about students’ individual capstone projects

THTR 5143: Shakespeare in Community (3 credits)

  • Mondays 3 - 5 pm, May 4 - July 13, 2020
  • Course taught by member of CU Boulder Theatre & Dance faculty 
  • Distance Learning
  • Content focus: 
    • Applied Shakespeare in community, education, and new work
    • Learn more about CSF’s season from CSF directors, dramaturgs and designers
    • Students begin developing their own Applied Shakespeare capstone projects

THTR 7004: Summer Shakespeare Intensive (3 credits)

  • Monday - Sunday, June 14 - 21, 2020
  • One week, on-campus intensive in Boulder, Colorado
  • Content focus:
    • A wide variety of hands-on master classes taught by CU Boulder faculty and CSF guest artists, which will include acting, directing, voice, pedagogy and guest lectures
    • Students will view rehearsals and performances in CSF’s summer season
    • In-depth discussion of individual Applied Shakespeare capstone projects
    • Students have up to one month following the intensive to complete and submit their individual capstone projects

Admission and Application Requirements

We will be accepting our next class to the Applied Shakespeare graduate certificate program for the spring 2020 term.

To apply for this program you must possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.

  • Application consideration begins on Nov. 15, 2019. 
  • Application deadline: December 1, 2019. 
You must provide:
  1. Official Transcript (if electronic, please send to
  2. Statement of Purpose - one page in length (this is your writing sample)
  3. Letter of Recommendation from an academic or professional reference.
  4. Complete the application form
  5. Your application will be reviewed by the program director and you will be notified of the decision via email.


$638 per credit hour or $5,742 for the entire nine credits. This price applies for both CO resident and non-resident students.