Folger Education believes that Shakespeare is for everyone, and that the best way to understand Shakespeare is to DO Shakespeare. Folger workshops are interactive and lively, providing students an opportunity to get up on their feet and participate in Folger’s nationally-known performance-based learning techniques. Workshops typically take place in Folger’s Elizabethan theatre, giving students an opportunity to perform on the Folger stage.
For: school or classroom groups, home school groups, or other student groups
Overview: 90-minute active language workshops designed to give students an opportunity to experience Shakespeare—speaking the language, exploring meaning, and using their voices, bodies, and imagination to bring Shakespeare to life for themselves.
Folger Education offers these workshops for students:
Shakespeare and His Work. This workshop introduces students to the works of William Shakespeare by providing them 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. These workshops focus 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.
Throw Forth Greater Themes. These workshops are organized around a particular theme and how Shakespeare explores that theme—for example, Shakespeare and Leadership. Students will have the opportunity to discuss themes within the context of Shakespeare’s works and to closely examine passages that raise questions and explore complex issues. Each workshop includes short scenes that students will consider and share through voice, body, and imagination.