The Shakespeare’s Rome Project

Università degli Studi Roma Tre
Dipartimento di Lingue Letterature e Culture Straniere



The SRISS is an International Summer School dedicated to Shakespeare’s Rome, a field of research deeply rooted in Roma Tre University as “The Shakespeare’s Rome Project” (2004 – ).

The SRISS is open to both under-graduate and post-graduate students (BA, MA, PhDs, Postdocs, ESL teachers).

Within the Shakespearean corpus the image of ancient Rome works as the emblem of the classical past, a goldmine of foundational myths and the model of an authoritative culture early modern England felt compelled to look to. To Ancient Rome Shakespeare devoted five plays (Titus AndronicusJulius CaesarCoriolanusAntony and CleopatraCymbeline) and a narrative poem (The Rape of Lucrece): the themes and motifs of these works will be examined in depth by renowned international Shakespearean scholars and practitioners from the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Silvano Toti Globe Theatre. Participants will be provided with appropriate methodological tools which will help them to develop a specific competence on Shakespeare’s Rome within an intercultural and interdisciplinary perspective.


The SRISS is organised in collaboration with the KNIR (The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome) with bursaries for students from the Netherlands

It is under the auspices of the European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA) and of the Italian Association of Shakespearean and Early Modern Studies (IASEMS).



Maddalena Pennacchia

   Honorary President

Maria Del Sapio Garbero 

   Advisory Board

  • Rui Carvalho Homem (Universidade do Porto)
  • Michela Compagnoni (University of Genoa)
  • Maria Del Sapio Garbero (Roma Tre University)
  • Michael Dobson (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham)
  • Keir Elam (University of Bologna)
  • Andrew Hadfield (University of Sussex)
  • Harald Hendrix (Utrecht University)
  • Coppélia Kahn (Brown University)
  • Maddalena Pennacchia (Roma Tre University)
  • Manfred Pfister (Freie Universität Berlin)
  • Gilberto Sacerdoti (Roma Tre University)
  • Tesse Stek (Scientific Director of KNIR – The Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome) 
  • Ramie Targoff (Brandeis University)

Planning and Organising

  • Michela Compagnoni (University of Genoa and Roma Tre University)

            Teachers 2023

  • Nicoleta Cinpoes (University of Worcester)
  • Michela Compagnoni (University of Genoa)
  • Susanna de Beer (Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome)
  • Maria Del Sapio Garbero (Roma Tre University)
  • Massimo Giuseppetti (Roma Tre University)
  • Francesca Forlini (Roma Tre University)
  • Hans Jansen (University of Groningen)
  • Anna Kowalcze-Pawlik (University of Lodz)
  • Maddalena Pennacchia (Roma Tre University)
  • Iolanda Plescia (Sapienza University of Rome)
  • Loredana Scaramella (Gigi Proietti Globe Theatre – Silvano Toti)
  • Maria Bonaria Urban (Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome)




Maria Del Sapio Garbero, Shakespeare’s Ruins and Myth of Rome, Routledge, 2022.


Contact: sriss@uniroma3.it