Shakespeare in Action Workshops

Folger Education believes that the best way for students to understand Shakespeare’s language is to play with his words. Our Shakespeare in Action workshops are interactive and lively learning programs that give students the opportunity to participate in our nationally-recognized active language learning techniques.

Workshops take place in the Folger’s Elizabethan Theatre or in our audition and rehearsal space. There are two programs to choose from: Shakespeare and His Work or The Play's the Thing. Once your workshop date has been secured, we ask that you confirm your workshop at least 2 weeks prior to the preferred date; it gives our docents enough time to prepare for your visit.

Shakespeare and His Work

This workshop introduces students to the works of William Shakespeare by providing them with opportunities to get up on their feet and get his words in their mouths. Activities include students speaking Shakespearean compliments and insults, lines from different plays, and short scenes. These workshops are appropriate for students in grades 2 through 12 and are effective as a complement to a Shakespeare unit.

The Play’s the Thing

This workshop focuses on one or two specific Shakespeare plays. Students will have an opportunity to do close readings of a few passages from the play, to consider how the language is working, and to make decisions about performing the scenes. Students will learn to use performance-based learning techniques to unlock the language of Shakespeare plays.

More information

For more information or to book a workshop, contact Kate Haase at (202) 675-0316 or