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Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890)
Stephen Wittek (Project Director: June 2021 to present)

Digital Projects for the Public: Prototyping Grants
Public Programs

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$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2022 – 6/30/2023


Prototyping of an interactive virtual reality (VR) experience to explore Shakespeare’s plays  through the role of a performer.

Shakespeare-VR is an interactive virtual reality experience that will enable users to step onstage in an Elizabethan theater, assume a role in a Shakespearean play, and perform in conjunction with professional actors or fellow users. When the experience is complete, it will be available for download worldwide at no cost whatsoever. In the same spirit of public accessibility, the project’s groundbreaking lending program will make quality VR headsets available to participating instructors at high schools, colleges, and universities across the US. The total amount of the funding request is $100,000. The project director is Dr. Stephen Wittek, an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Over the past three years, Dr. Wittek has brought together a team of collaborators that includes pedagogical specialists, virtual media producers, theatrical practitioners, and Shakespeare instructors at universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.