Our team of professional and experienced actor-educators bring our innovative approach to teaching Shakespeare and dramatic arts programming direct to your classroom through our workshops!
Activities are tailored to meet your needs, and are participatory and high-energy. We can build our workshops around any Shakespeare play or dramatic arts programming and cater to any grade. Workshops are available onsite in your classroom!
This hands-on workshop decodes Shakespeare’s text by removing the language barrier often associated with his works. By making action the primary means to understanding the text we make Shakespeare accessible and relevant. Through interactive language exercises and storytelling activities, our professional actor-educators lead students to analyze and discover the meaning of the language.
Through a series of lively acting, voice, and text exercises, this workshop introduces students to the professional actor’s approach to Shakespeare’s text. Using the clues inherent in Shakespeare’s writing helping them transform the work from page to stage.
For many communities and classrooms unfamiliar with Shakespeare, including ESL students, studying Shakespeare can be a daunting task. In this hands-on workshop our actor-educators focus on building the confidence to speak aloud; connecting students to the rhythm, images, and thematic ideas found in Shakespeare’s works. These workshops are fun, participatory, and give student the self-reliance to overcome challenges associated with studying Shakespeare’s language.
Professional actor educators work with a Shakespeare play of your choice, inviting your class to examine the rhythm and poetry in key speeches and their connection to contemporary music, including rap. Students are encouraged to write their own lyrical interpretations of a Shakespeare verse through the lens of Contemporary Music. This can be focused towards Hip-hop, Pop, Jazz, Country or any other genre that your students are interested in.
Always high energy and interactive, we work with you to create a workshop or residency that fits into your curriculum goals. Based around your available time and resources, we create the perfect program for your class.
Future Shakespeare Series
This 60-minute interactive performance workshop offers hands-on educational opportunities for classes of up to 30 students to experience the whole play. Our Actor-Educators lead your students through performing short scripted scenes as the story of the play unfolds for their peers. This unique workshop introduces students to the characters, language, and sequential action of the play and offers a fun introduction to dramatic elements, creative problem solving, and critical thinking.
Choose From One of the Following Plays:
Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, King Lear
Elementary My Dear Shakespeare (Grades 4 – 6)
Shakespeare and primary students become the best of buddies in this one-hour interactive workshop. Our Actor-Educators spin the story of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and Macbeth, while guiding students through acting out the play. Students explore character, dialogue, theme, and technical elements of theatre to build teamwork skills, vocabulary, self-confidence, and a growing love of Shakespeare.
Why Shakespeare Now?
Reading, speaking, and understanding Shakespeare is a rewarding challenge, and one that engages and expands an individual’s cultural literacy, creative imagination, understanding of the human psyche, and insight into societal issues and universal truths.
We believe the design of The Future Shakespeare Series cultivates the skill-set that students require to address the complex issues of the twenty-first century. After thirty years of making Shakespeare accessible and relevant to all ages, we are continually committed to nurturing the critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and the creative problem-solving skills needed by students, our future leaders.
Future Shakespeare Workshops are 60 minutes in length*