2023 ISS Membership, Journal Subscriptions, & Donations



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     The ISS was founded in the U.S.A. in 2004 to give Shaw Studies more of an international reach and perspective. The acronym “ISS” emphasizes Bernard Shaw’s continuing presence as a talkative spirit with very relevant things to say, often of the hyperbolic, satiric, paradoxical, and ironic sort.  “Smiling comedy,” he called it.



ISS Conferences and Symposia

have occurred in the U.S.A., Canada, Ireland, the UK, and Spain.


Calls for Papers – Articles – Manuscripts







An ISS Conference has been scheduled at the College of William and Mary for June 8-9-10-11, 2023 in Williamsburg, Virginia.  ISS President Bob Gaines, a graduate of William & Mary, will be presiding (  The conference will address the topic of ‘Shaw and Heroism’ and how this is represented through his plays, non-dramatic writings, and causes.  Consider this a Call for Papers with proposals & CVs to be sent to Dr Laurie J Wolf, Professor of Theatre,  College of William & Mary and Managing Editor, Theatre Annual: A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas  ( (757.221.2671). The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2023.  Information about  ISS  travel grants and scholarships can be found at”  Details about housing and the like are forthcoming.



The Shaw Festival Theatre (, in the wonderful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, has announced a full season of plays for 2023, including Shaw’s VILLAGE WOOING and THE APPLE CART.  The 2023 Symposium will take place on July 21-22-23.  The International Shaw Society and the Shaw Festival welcome presenters and attendees to the 20th annual summer Shaw Symposium. Zoom access can be provided for those who cannot attend the in-person panels.  ISS Vice President Jennifer Buckley says the Symposium will be “Focused on Bernard Shaw’s works, his contemporaries, and his legacies, featuring new scholarship relating to plays included in the Shaw Festival’s 2023 season. We especially invite papers treating the plays that will be performed during the Symposium: Shaw’s The Apple Cart and Village Wooing, as well as John Millington Synge’s Playboy of the Western World. We also welcome proposals for talks about other playwrights featured during the 2023 season, including Edith Wharton, Noel Coward, Tom Stoppard, and James Baldwin; ideally, such proposals will situate those writers and their works within a context that plausibly includes Shaw. Please see for a full list of productions.  Please send proposals of no more than 300 words and CVs to by March 1, 2023. Information about travel grants and scholarships can be found at” Instructions about how to register for the Symposium and buy play tickets can also be found at  Symposium Registration  at $175 and $75 for students and online. Village Wooing  is at 11:30am on July 21 & 22 of the Symposium and The Apple Cart is on July 20 at 2:00pm and on July 20 at 2:00pm.  Call the Box Office at 1-800-657-1106 to get tickets.  A website devoted to this Symposium is at





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