Shakespeare Association of America


The Shakespeare Association of America (SAA) is a non-profit professional organization for the advanced academic study of William Shakespeare’s plays and poems, his cultural and theatrical contexts, and the many roles he has played in world culture.

Since its founding in 1972, the SAA has held annual conferences that convene in a different location each year, generally in late March or early April. SAA members meet to exchange ideas and strategies for reading, teaching, researching, and writing about topics of shared interest. The conference year begins the previous June with the announcement of a new roster of the seminars and workshops in which much of this collaborative work takes place. Sessions at the meeting also include panel presentations, round-table discussions, film screenings, and theatrical performances.

Seminars and workshops are intended for postdoctoral scholars and for graduate students at the dissertation stage. It is also possible to attend the conference without enrolling in a seminar or workshop, as the programs are open to auditors.

  • June through September: Seminars and workshops are announced in the SAA’s June Bulletin. The seminar and workshop registration process is open until 15 September.
  • September through October: Seminar and workshop enrollments are processed.
  • October through March: Seminar and workshop work is conducted and research papers and other projects are shared among the enrolled members of each seminar or workshop.
  • January through March: With the SAA’s January Bulletin, meeting registration opens for all panelists, for seminar and workshop members, and for those who will attend in other roles (including as auditors).
  • March through June: The Annual Meeting convenes, and the SAA Trustees plan the program of panels, seminars, and workshops for the next year’s conference.