Student Programs

We love to welcome young people to our buzzing community of scholars, actors, directors, teachers, docents, curators, and conservators. Folger Education offers all kinds of programs for all kinds of students, from short workshops, matinees, and tours to long-term residencies and fellowships—and, of course, the celebrated student festivals.

Shakespeare in Action workshops

Our Shakespeare in Action workshops are interactive and lively learning programs that give students the opportunity to participate in our nationally recognized performance-based learning techniques.

Student tours

We welcome students to experience the world of Shakespeare and Elizabethan England at Folger Shakespeare Library. Docents lead tours for school groups that provide a glimpse into the world of Shakespeare in his day and Shakespeare scholars in our own day. Students will visit the three-tiered Elizabethan Theatre, see one of the Folger's 82 First Folios, and walk through the Great Hall and see highlights from the collection as they explore the way Folger brings Shakespeare to life. 

For more information or to book a tour, contact Greg Armstrong at (202) 548-8779 or Once your tour is scheduled, we ask that you confirm your tour at least 1 week prior to the tour date; it gives our docents enough time to prepare for your visit.

Lily McKee High School Fellowship Program

Local high school students are invited to apply for a fellowship to study Shakespeare and the humanities with scholars, theater professionals, Folger staff, and peers from all over the DC metro area.

Student matinees

Student matinees are offered for Folger Theatre productions each year. This program includes pre-show materials and post-show conversation with actors.

Student festivals

Festivals are held each year in our Theatre. Students in grades 7–12 are eligible to perform at the Secondary School Festival in February, and students in grades 3–6 are invited to perform in the Emily Jordan Folger Children's Shakespeare Festival in May.

School residencies

Our school residencies consist of local and satellite programs working throughout the school year, helping students work together to live inside Shakespeare's language and prepare a public demonstration of learning, often at a Student Shakespeare Festival. Some programs include student matinee performances, stage combat workshops, and professional development opportunities for teachers and teaching artists.