The World Shakespeare Project is a cross-Atlantic teaching collaboration co-directed by Emory English professor Sheila Cavanagh and London-based actor and Distinguished Visiting Scholar Kevin Quarmby.
Quarmby and Cavanagh co-lead English 311 at Emory, with Quarmby participating from London via Skype. In fall 2011 the project expanded to include students from colleges in India. Working with professor Amitava Roy from the Shakespeare Centre in Kolkata and with faculty at several institutions in West Bengal, participants tested varied videoconferencing possibilities.
The classes focus on the intersection between theatrical and literary approaches to Shakespearean analysis, with an initial emphasis on the integration of Bengali performance practices into Shakespearean production. The Project is also forging ties with faculty and students in other countries.
With the support of the Halle Institute, the Emory Center for Interactive Teaching (ECIT) and University Technology Services, the World Shakespeare Project is developing an educational model that can adopted by a range of international partnerships.
Cavanaugh and Quarmby launched a new Maymester course, International Shakespeare in a New Media World, in 2012.