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Actors in colorful costumes performing a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Oberon (Rotimi Agbabiaka) and Bottom (Jacob Ming-Trent), amid fairies of the forest (Brit Herring and Sabrina Lynne Sawyer) in Folger Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2022. Photo: Brittany Diliberto.

We create experiences

People experience Shakespeare and his world in startling new ways with the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Professional theater, exhibitions, lectures, concerts, family programs, podcasts, and events engage millions of people—at the Folger, on the road, and online.

students perfoming Shakespeare lines on a stage
Folger Shakespeare Library student theater festival. Photo: Lloyd Wolf.

We transform education

The Folger Shakespeare Library is revolutionizing the way Shakespeare is taught in classrooms, showing how the study of his work deepens knowledge and hones skills across key academic areas.

More than two million teachers and students benefit each year from professional development, lesson plans, webinars, online field trips, and the best-selling Folger Shakespeare editions. The Folger is a leader in performance-based education, which helps to build deep reading skills critical to student success.

Four women looking at books from the Folger collection
A Folger Institute seminar. Photo: Elman Studio.

We drive discovery

The Folger Shakespeare Library is an international center for Shakespeare scholarship and the study of the early modern period.

We welcome researchers who use our collection to advance knowledge across dozens of fields. We collaborate with other research institutions to expand access, foster exploration, and share knowledge.

Through fellowships, seminars, publications, lectures, and partnerships, we advance the study of Shakespeare and his world.