TSI: Weekend Intensives



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Tracy Russo

Applications are now open for the first of two Weekend Intensives to be held in the 2017-18 school year.

Be one of thirty teachers to spend two jam-packed days at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, taking a deep dive into teaching Shakespeare the Folger way: through attention to scholarship, performance, curriculum, and assessment. Work with language from a variety of plays. Learn how to sequence and teach the most essential strategies for connecting all kinds of students to Shakespeare's words, characters, and ideas. Gain special access to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, including the Folger First Folios and the first Elizabethan stage in North America. Work with scholars, theater professionals, and experienced teachers. See and discuss a live Shakespeare production at Folger Theatre. Build relationships with wildly inquisitive and dedicated colleagues, and walk away with a whole set of resources for teaching and learning.


Friday, October 27, 9:45am - Saturday, October 28, 5pm


Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC  20003


  • Program Director: Dr. Peggy O'Brien, Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Mentor Teacher: Michael LoMonico, Senior Consultant on National Education, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Guest Scholar: Dr. Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Performance Faculty: Michael Tolaydo, Professor Emeritus of Theater, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and member of the real theater world
  • More faculty announcements will be made in the coming months.


Applications are now open for the first of two Weekend Intensives to be held in the 2017-18 school year.

Tuition is $450 and includes coffee and lunch on Friday, books, all classroom materials, and a ticket to Folger Theatre's production of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra.

Travel and Housing

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. There are several hotels and short-term rental options near the Folger, which we invite accepted applicants to explore. We are also available to answer any questions.


To apply for one of thirty spots, submit this online application.

The application deadline is August 1, 2017.

Decisions will be emailed by August 17, 2017.

We will keep a waiting list.

To secure a place in the program, an accepted applicant must pay the tuition fee by September 7, 2017.

Professional Development Credit

At the request of participants who have completed the program, Folger Shakespeare Library will happily write letters outlining and verifying their work. Past participants have used these letters, which typically describe the goals, itinerary, and hours of the program, to obtain professional learning credits through their schools or districts.

Questions? Please email Greg Armstrong (garmstrong@folger.edu).


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James Brantley