Docents play a vital role in engaging and educating visitors from all over the world. They are the first face of the Folger, ensuring that the visitor experience is memorable. Opportunities for docent service include:

  • Greeting the public and sharing the story of the Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Leading tours of the Library and the exhibition
  • Working with students during festivals
  • Planning and supporting community events such as Shakespeare’s Birthday and Halloween at the Folger
  • Conducting workshops at schools and community centers

Docent FAQs

What qualifications do I need to become a Folger docent?

All you need is an interest in Shakespeare and the Folger Shakespeare Library and enthusiasm for working with the public.

How do I become a Folger docent?

Prospective docents complete a training course that covers the Folgers, the Library and its collection, and Shakespeare and the humanities. After training, new docents work with mentors as they develop skills in performing docent roles.

What happens when I become a docent?

Folger Shakespeare Library docents are asked to provide 75 hours of visitor services to the Library. This can be done in a variety of programs, including leading daily tours of the Folger, working with students in our Shakespeare in Action workshops, and participating in Shakespeare's birthday celebration. Docents are invited to participate in Folger programs and professional development courses.

How do I apply?

Currently, we are not accepting docent applications. Please contact Kate Haase if you have any questions.