Shakespeare in the Spring

Each year, the Shakespeare in the Spring festival offers an exciting array of films, lectures, awards, workshops, and performances. All lectures and films are free and open to the public. Shakespeare in the Spring will be on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Download this year's program.

Be sure to view the call for submissions for our annual Shakespeare Essay Contest.

Shakespeare in the Spring is made possible through the help of our generous patrons. For more information please contact the Department of English at (330) 972-7470.

Shakespeare Essay Prize Contest


One graduate prize: $150

One undergraduate prize:$150

Two other prizes: $100 each

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit two clean, non-returnable copies of your Shakespeare paper written in the last twelve months for a UA English department course
  • All submissions must be in MLA documentation style and include a Works Cited page.
  • Include your name, UA email address, phone number, instructor’s name, the class name, course number, and the date the paper was originally submitted to the class.


Dr. Joseph Ceccio

Shakespeare in the Spring Patrons

Our long-time very generous patron of Shakespeare in the Spring, Mrs. Cathryn Carroll Taliaferro, passed away in May 2005. An endowment from her will allow us to continue the Annual Shakespeare Essay Prize Contest.

However, the English Department's Annual Shakespeare in the Spring festival can continue only if one or more sponsors from the community will soon step forward to fund this important, sure-to-be-missed, popular Shakespeare event.

If you would like to help ensure that the annual Shakespeare in the Spring festival continues in 2011 and beyond, please contact the festival chair, Dr. Joseph Ceccio at The University of Akron's English Department. (330-972-7603); email:

The 2011 Shakespeare Birthday Event!

Performance Session


  • Discovering the Lost Plays:  Teaching Shakespeare’s Sonnets as Dramatic Performances
    :  Frank DeVitis, M.A Candidate, English, The University of Akron, and Teacher, Green High School. Sonnets Performed by Student Actors in the Troupe, The Master-Mistress’s Men

Annual Lecture

  • “The Bond Cracked”:  Parent-(Adult)Child Relations in the Plays of Shakespeare
    :  Emily Detmer-Goebel, Ph.D., Assistant Chair and Associate Professor of English, Northern Kentucky University. Research Unveiled on Several Parent and Adult Child Relations in a Variety of Shakespeare’s Plays
  • Shakespeare Essay Prize Contest Awards Ceremony
  •  Shakespeare Birthday Party

The 2011 Shakespeare Festival Committee:  Joseph F. Ceccio, Festival Chair; Hillary M. Nunn, Festival Co-Chair; Thelma G. Bell, Office Manager; and Michael Schuldiner, Department Chair

The Buchtelite featured an article about the Shakespeare Birthday Event here.

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