The application period for the 2014 Festival has ended. Thank you to all who applied!
" Our children were very excited to be part of the festival and are still talking about their experiences. Several are already thinking about the next text we should adapt."
Make a scene at the Folger!
The Emily Jordan Folger Children's Festival for students in grades 3 to 6 is held each spring on the stage of our Elizabethan Theatre. It is open to schools in DC, Virginia, and Maryland. This exciting and popular event features surprise guests, audience participation, and great performances of Shakespeare's plays.
Each group performs a scene or combination of scenes from any of Shakespeare's works.
Cuts are permitted; modern language adaptations are not.
Shakespeare's own words must be used.
Performances last between 10 and 20 minutes.
The Festival day lasts from 9am to 1:30pm. Six groups perform each day.
Participating schools stay for the entire festival and serve as the audience members for other schools.
Balcony seating is available for parents and general audience members.