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Michael LoMonico shows his passion for Shakespeare by writing, speaking, and leading workshops whenever and wherever he can. It is his goal to change the way that Shakespeare is taught in this country, and so far he has taught Shakespeare courses and workshops for teachers and students in 38 states as well as in Canada and England.

Michael is the Senior Consultant on National Education for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Since 1986, he has worked at the Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger as the Institute Director and Master Teacher and. He has organized and directed two-day and week-long Folger Institutes across the U.S.  He also serves as Secretary for the Shakespeare Theater Association. 

Michael is the author of a novel, That Shakespeare Kid  and the reference book, Shakespeare 101, published by Random House. He recently published the Second Edition of The Shakespeare Book of Lists.  He was the founder and editor of Shakespeare magazine, published by Cambridge University Press and Georgetown University. He was an assistant to the editor for the curriculum section of all three volumes of the Folger’s Shakespeare Set Free series, published by Washington Square Press. He was also the technical editor to The Complete Idiots Guide to Shakespeare.

He was the guest editor for September 2009 "Teaching Shakespeare" edition of the English Journal and was also the guest editor for the CEA Critic, a publication of the College English Association. 

Michael taught high school English on Long Island for 33 years and English Methods at Stony Brook University. 

 
 

Experience

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Published Articles

"Teaching Shakespeare's First Folio"  The CEA Critic, July 2016

"These words are not mine": Are We Still Teaching Literature When We Use Adaptations?"  English Journal, November 2012

"Shakespearean Ruminations and Innovations," English Journal, September 2009

“Why We Teach Literature (and How We Can Do it Better)” The Minnesota English Journal, Fall 2006           

"Close Reading on Your Feet: Performance in the English Language Arts Classroom," English Journal September 2005

“Beyond Character, Plot, and Theme,” Cable in the Classroom Magazine: December 2002.       

“A Triumvirate of Julius Caesar Film Productions,” ShakespeareFall 1998.

“To th’ Amazement of Mine Eyes: Macbeth on Video,” ShakespeareFall 1997.

"Teaching Shakespeare with a Computer,” English Journal:October 1995.

“Teaching in the New Millennium,” CPB Digest (for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting): September/October 1995.

“I Have Had a Most Rare Vision: Teaching Shakespeare with Video,” in Shakespeare Set Free:        Teaching Hamlet and Henry IV,  Part 1. Washington Square Press: 1994.

Editing

Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Washington Square Press: 1993.

Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching Hamlet and Henry IV, Part 1.
Washington Square Press: 1994.

Shakespeare Set Free: Teaching Twelfth Night and Othello.
Washington Square Press: 1995.
Assistant editor of curriculum sections.

Guest Editor
September 2009  English Journal.

July 2016 CEA Critic 78.2