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International Shakespeare Association

Connecting Shakespearians and Shakespeare societies across the globe

The International Shakespeare Association (ISA)

Registered Charity Number 1160312

The ISA is an umbrella organization to connect Shakespearians and Shakespeare societies around the world. With its headquarters at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, a small committee of prominent Shakespearians, including John Russell Brown, O. B. Harrison, George Hibbard, and Levi Fox helped shape the association’s original objectives, including advising on the initiation and planning of World Shakespeare Congresses. The original executive committee, like all committees since, was made up of representatives from around the world.

The ISA offers an opportunity for individuals and institutions to join together to further the knowledge of Shakespeare throughout the world. Its central commitments, outlined in its constitution, are to;

  • advance the education of the public by furthering the study of Shakespeare's life and work by such means as the trustees determine
  • organise, hold and promote participation in the World Shakespeare Congress and disseminate the learning from that event
  • offer advice and assistance in the establishment of national or regional Shakespeare associations

The first ISA World Shakespeare Congress took place in Washington in 1976 as part of the American bicentennial celebrations. Since then, the World Congresses has been staged at five-year intervals. Find out more about the 2016 World Shakespeare Congress, “Creating and Re-creating Shakespeare” in Stratford-upon-Avon and London.

ISA Membership

Membership of the International Shakespeare Association is open to any person who wishes to support its objectives and accepts its articles. Members receive copies of the annual newsletter, occasional papers as they are published, and may purchase the World Congress proceedings at a special rate.

To apply for membership or to renew existing membership please download, complete and return an ISA Membership Form.

For more information about the ISA's activities and membership please contact:
Dr Nick Walton, Executive Secretary and Treasurer
The Shakespeare Centre 
Henley Street 
Warwickshire CV37 6QW 
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (01789) 201847 
Fax: +44 (0)1789 296083 

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