Annual Summer Symposium

Every summer the International Shaw Society and the Shaw Festival co-host a multi-day symposium at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, focused on Bernard Shaw’s works, his contemporaries, and his legacies. Panels and presentations at the Symposium feature new scholarship and discussions relating to plays included in the Shaw Festival’s current season. 

New and emerging scholars may be eligible for Bryden Scholarships to help offset the costs of presenting in-person at the symposium.

To register for the in-person Symposium, contact the Shaw Festival Box office at 1-800-511-7429. Some sessions may be available for online attendance; contact the ISS Symposium organizer for more information.

NEW FOR 2024: The ISS will cover the on-site registration cost for ISS members attending the Symposium in person. 

Shaw Symposium Schedule


2pm My Fair Lady performance (Festival Theatre)

5:00pm Opening Discussion: Shaw, Pygmalion, and My Fair Lady (Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum, 42 Castlereagh St., NOTL). Open to the public. (CLICK HERE FOR THE ZOOM LIVESTREAM. Meeting ID: 862 8449 6458. Passcode: 928786)

6:30 pm Dinner on your own

8pm Shaw Variety Show (Spiegeltent) performance (optional)


Link to Zoom Sessions on Saturday and Sunday:

Meeting ID: 883 0103 0567

Passcode: 250989


9am Morning Refreshments (Rehearsal Hall 3)

9:30 am Discussion (Rehearsal Hall 3): My Fair Lady production with Kimberly Rampersad, Shaw Festival Associate Artistic Director

11 am: The Roll of Shaw with Travis Seetoo, Creator and Shaw Festival Embedded Artist

11:30am Box Lunch

2pm The Roll of Shaw performance (Spiegeltent)

4:30pm Group Discussion (Rehearsal Hall 3): Candida Scholarship published during the last 10 years, plus recent productions people have seen or worked on; pre-circulated texts

6pm Dinner on own

8pm Candida performance (Royal George Theatre)


9am Refreshments (Rehearsal Hall 3)

9:30am Group Reflection (Rehearsal Hall 3): Candida (9:30am) and My Fair Lady (10:30am) productions with Shaw ensemble members

11:30am Lunch on own

2pm Shaw scholarship pecha kucha session (Rehearsal Hall 3): short, pithy presentations of work in progress or ideas for new projects, with the emphasis placed on the implications for Shaw studies

4pm Business meeting (Rehearsal Hall 3)

5:30pm President’s reception