The National Endowment for the Humanities continues to fund projects that bring Shakespeare to all corners of the United States. Multimedia resources, lesson plans created by the Folger Shakespeare Library, access to digitized versions of Shakespeare's works, and more are available below.
Folger Shakespeare Library—Since 1984, the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Each summer, the K-12 teachers who attend the institute examine Shakespeare's work from three essential perspectives: scholarship, performance, and curriculum.
Shakespeare in American Life—The Folger Shakespeare Library’s radio documentary Shakespeare in American Life explores the English language’s most important playwright and his influence on American performance, politics, and popular culture. Each hour-long episode, narrated by Sam Waterston and produced by Richard Paul, deepens our understanding of Shakespeare and the American identity.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival: With NEH grant funding for a Preservation and Access project, the Oregon Shakespeare Company created a playlist consisting of 59 short films and audio recordings based on performances at their annual festival.
Theatre for a New Audience (2019 Summer Institute)—Theatre for a New Audience will host K-12 teachers from across the country for a 2019 summer institute entitled “Teaching Shakespeare’s Plays through Scholarship and Performance.” Shakespeare scholars and theater practitioners lead this professional development program that integrates text-based scholarship, contextual and original source material, language, and performance in three Shakespeare plays.
Articles published in HUMANITIES magazine
David Scott Kastan’s “Did He Even Know He Was Shakespeare?: What the history of the First Folio tells us about our greatest playwright” (HUMANITIES, January/February 2016, Volume 37, Number 1).
James Williford’s “To Be or Not to Be: In a digital archive of Hamlet quartos, classic Shakespearean words come and go” (HUMANITIES, January/February 2014, Volume 35, Number 1).
Ann Meyer’s “How Shakespeare Learned to be Shakespeare” (NEH blog post, September 16, 2013).