School Residencies

Our school residency programs provide classes with interactive strategies, curriculum materials, and sustained support as they study and perform Shakespeare. In all of our residencies, a classroom teacher works with a Folger teaching artist to deepen students' knowledge and prepare for the students' public performance of a scene.

Shakespeare Steps Out

Shakespeare Steps Out is a local teaching artist residency program for grades 3–6. Classes work with a Folger teaching artist throughout the school year in preparation for their performance in the Children's Shakespeare Festival. In addition, students attend a Stage Combat Workshop at the Folger to learn more about stagework and performance.

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Folger Teaching Artists in the Schools

Folger Teaching Artists in the Schools is a local teaching artist residency program for grades 7–12. As with Shakespeare Steps Out, a Folger teaching artist visits the school and prepares students to perform in the Secondary School Shakespeare Festival in February. In addition, students are invited to attend a student matinee of a play in Folger Theatre, and discuss this play as a class. 

The Folger Teaching Artists in the Schools program is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Shakesperience: NJ

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey hosts Shakesperience: NJ, an annual non-competitive Shakespeare festival, in partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library, Centenary College, and Rider University. Folger teaching artists work with students in grades 5–12 throughout the school year to prepare them for the festival each May.

Sponsored by The Geraldine M. Dodge Foundation.

The George Didden Shakespeare Project

Every year, the George Didden Shakespeare Project helps students in grades 3–12 from all kinds of schools in Washington, DC’s Ward 6 to work with Shakespeare's language in their classrooms. Each school year, their families and the community come together to celebrate their work with student performances on the Folger stage.

Sponsored by The Capitol Hill Community Foundation.

Additional information

For more information about our Capital Shakespeare school residencies, contact Danielle Drakes at (202) 675-0365 or ddrakes@folger.edu.