Carnegie Mellon University

Eberly Center

Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Shakespeare in Virtual Reality

Wittek, S.

The Shakespeare-VR project uses virtual reality technologies to bring students face-to-face with professional actors performing Shakespearean soliloquies in an authentic replica of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Playhouse. Directed by Shakespeare scholar and Digital Humanities specialist, Prof. Stephen Wittek, the project combines the talents of partners from the virtual reality production company Stitchbridge, the Eberly Center, DSHARP, and the American Shakespeare Center with the goal of guiding students toward a better understanding of the spatial dimension of Shakespearean drama. In addition to providing an exciting, immersive introduction to the spaces Shakespeare had in mind when he composed his plays, the project will also make an important contribution to the growing body of research on virtual reality in humanities education. Shooting at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia will take place in Fall 2018, with trial tests in classrooms to begin in Spring 2019.

Stephen Wittek, English DC