Frequently Asked Questions
General Questions ➤
What is the SAA?
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 these have played in world culture. The SAA is a member of the American Council of Learned Societies. Click About from the main menu above to find out more about the purpose of the SAA.
How long has the SAA been around?
The SAA was founded in 1972. Click Archives from the main menu above to learn more about the history of the SAA.
How big is the SAA?
The SAA currently has over two thousand members. Its Annual Meetings typically have around a thousand registrants each year.
Who are the SAA members?
Members of the SAA come from North America and other parts of the world. The majority of SAA members are faculty in higher education and graduate students. In addition, there are professionals from research institutes, libraries, theatre, films, secondary education, and more.
What does the SAA do?
The SAA holds annual conferences, at which SAA members meet to exchange ideas and strategies for reading, teaching, researching, and writing about topics of shared interest. Click Annual Meetings from the main menu above to find out more. In addition, the SAA organizes smaller virtual events and serves as a resource center for anyone interested in the field of Shakespeare studies.
Who runs the SAA?
The SAA is governed by the SAA Board of Trustees, consisting of nine Trustees elected by the general membership, including a President and a Vice-President. The Trustees appoint the organization’s Executive Director, who works with other staff members. Click Governance under About from the main menu above to meet the current SAA Officers. Between 2 January and 15 February, you can find the Ballot on the same page.
Where is the SAA located?
The SAA office is located at the Department of English of the University of Mississippi. Click Officeunder About from the main menu above to meet the Staff Members.
What are the SAA’s policies?
How do I find out about SAA events?
The SAA issues two bulletins a year, in January and the June, with information about upcoming events. Click the button Get the Bulletin on the left to read the current bulletin. You may also view past bulletins, or follow us on social media.
How do I get involved and participate in SAA events?
Sign up as a member to be part of the SAA. Click the tab Membership below to find out more.
Can I send the SAA information about my events?
The SAA welcomes contributions to our Announcements Page, which gives information about relevant faculty position openings, fellowship programs, calls for papers, conference notices, etc. that interest Shakespeareans.
How do I contact the SAA office?
The best way to contact the SAA office is by e-mail.
How do I give to the SAA?
Click the Donate button on the left to support our members through new initiatives and ongoing programs such as conference travel grants for graduate students and contingent faculty.