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Professor Peter Saccio, Ph.D.

Professor Peter Saccio
  • Dartmouth College
  • Princeton University
Shakespeare found brilliant ways to make the complex inner self speak.

Dr. Peter Saccio is Leon D. Black Professor of Shakespearean Studies and Professor of English Emeritus at Dartmouth College. He also served as a visiting professor at Wesleyan University and at University College in London. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

At Dartmouth, Professor Saccio was honored with the J. Kenneth Huntington Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Professor Saccio is the author of Shakespeare’s English Kings, which has become a classic in its field. He is also the editor of Thomas Middleton’s comedy A Mad World, My Masters, for the Oxford Complete Works of Thomas Middleton.

Professor Saccio is also an accomplished actor and theatrical director. He directed productions of Twelfth Night, Macbeth, and Cymbeline, and devised and directed several programs of scenes from Shakespeare and from modern British drama. His acting credits include the Shakespearean roles of Casca, Angelo, Bassanio, and Henry IV, as well as various parts in the ancient and modern plays.


"Professor Saccio's love affair with Shakespeare resounds clearly through all his talks. His enthusiasm is infectious; it is serious but relieved with humour and asides where appropriate."


"Dr. Saccio's analysis is brilliant! I have studied Shakespeare for four decades, and finally someone offers the keys and insights I've been seeking. It's like a Rosetta Stone."

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3 Courses

  1. Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies

    Peter Saccio, Ph.D.
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    Professor Peter Saccio—an award-winning Ivy League Professor of Shakespeare studies—is your guide for this marvelous exploration of 15 of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Learn how our most abundant poet and dramatist has been moving, delighting, and enlightening readers and audiences for 400 years, with no end in sight.
  2. Shakespeare: The Word and the Action Sale

    Shakespeare: The Word and the Action

    Peter Saccio, Ph.D.
    Save up to $205.00 Starting at $29.95 $49.95 $29.95$49.95
    Teaching as a trained actor and director as well as a scholar, and assisted by two additional actors, Professor Peter Saccio explores selected works by Shakespeare. You will be entertained and informed as you analyze how Shakespeare used the resources of the English language and the Elizabethan theater to scale artistic heights never matched before or since.
  3. Modern British Drama Sale

    Modern British Drama

    Peter Saccio, Ph.D.
    Save up to $74.00 Starting at $15.95 $15.95 $15.95$15.95
    Waiting for Godot. The Importance of Being Earnest. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Since Shakespeare's time, no period has produced more brilliant and varied theater in Great Britain than its last 100 years. For Modern British Drama, Professor Peter Saccio has selected the major British playwrights of the past century to cover: Wilde, Shaw, Coward, Beckett, Osborne, Pinter, Stoppard, Churchill, and Hare....