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Shakespeare Steps Out

Elementary School Program

Shakespeare Steps Out

Shakespeare Steps Out brings Shakespeare to teachers and students in grades 3 to 6 in selected public schools. 



Through the use of visual and creative arts, history, and language arts, our teaching artists help students of all learning styles and multiple intelligences find their own points of entry into Shakespeare's language and plays.


The program culminates in the students participating in the Children's Shakespeare Festival on the Folger stage with other schools from throughout the Washington area.

The Shakespeare Steps Out program includes:

  • Ten interactive, standards-based classroom visits

    Led by Folger Teaching Artists, the first three sessions focus on Introducing Shakespeare and the language.

    The remaining seven visits are designed to assist teachers as they prepare their students to participate in the festival

  • A stage combat workshop at the Folger

In addition, Shakespeare Steps Out offers two professional development opportunities for participating teachers and teaching artists. The Folger hosts workshops on how to integrate theater techniques into other subject areas in conjunction with the Center for Inspired Teaching.

The program—including actor fees, transportation, and related instructional materials—is provided to selected schools at no cost.

TO APPLY for the 2014-2015 Shakespeare Steps Out program, submit the application found to the right.

Shakespeare Steps Out

Shakespeare Steps Out

Shakespeare Steps Out

Additional Information

2014-2015 SSO Information

Shakespeare Steps Out
Program Requirements

For more information, contact Danielle Drakes at (202) 675-0365 or ddrakes@folger.edu.


2014-2015 SSO Application


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

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