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About the Festival



The Secondary School Shakespeare Festival is born of a handful of deeply-held beliefs:

  • Shakespeare is a vibrant, passionate, human, hilarious, teachable, learnable, enjoyable playwright.
  • The best way to learn Shakespeare is to do Shakespeare. Whether you are a 7th grader or a hotshot senior, in a school with no drama teacher or one with three, are scared to death or in your element... Shakespeare is for YOU. And the Folger Library is, too.
  • Festival days are designed so that students are each other's audience. Watching seven other scenes is as educational as performing one's own. Scenes from different plays are scheduled each day, so the students can come away with an idea of the range and texture of Shakespeare's work.
  • Students take ownership of Shakespeare by acting as their group's director, editor, stage manager, or any other position on or off-stage. We expect that students within each group will take on these tasks.
  • Careful scheduling also ensures that students from different geographies and different kinds of schools share the festival experience together. The world is an exciting and diverse place. We need to meet each other. And we will meet each other.
  • The Festival is fun. In the attempt to keep it that way and in the spirit of the playwright who provided a good time for every theatre-goer, the commentators will present recognition awards for excellence of every kind, and each student will go home with a tangible token of the day they trod the boards backstage or onstage. We want students to have a good time, a great time, and maybe the time of their lives.
 
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