School Residencies

Our school residency programs provide classes with interactive strategies, curriculum materials, and sustained support as they study and perform Shakespeare. In all of our residencies, a classroom teacher works with a Folger teaching artist to deepen students' knowledge and prepare for the students' public performance of a scene.

Shakespeare Steps Out

Shakespeare Steps Out is a local teaching artist residency program for grades 3–6. Classes work with a Folger teaching artist throughout the school year in preparation for their performance in the Children's Shakespeare Festival. In addition, students attend a Stage Combat Workshop at the Folger to learn more about stagework and performance.

Funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Folger Teaching Artists in the Schools

Folger Teaching Artists in the Schools is a local teaching artist residency program for grades 7–12. As with Shakespeare Steps Out, a Folger teaching artist visits the school and prepares students to perform in the Secondary School Shakespeare Festival in February. In addition, students are invited to attend a student matinee of a play in Folger Theatre, and discuss this play as a class. 

The Folger Teaching Artists in the Schools program is part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Folger Shakespeare Library in New Jersey Schools 

The Folger Shakespeare Library collaborates with Newark Public Schools, Renew the Arts, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, and Young Audiences of New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania to improve teacher practice and student learning in New Jersey. Our partner The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey hosts Shakesperience: NJ, an annual non-competitive Shakespeare festival inspired by the Folger student Shakespeare festivals. To support student learning leading up to this public demonstration of literacy and creativity, Folger master teachers work with classroom teachers, and Folger-educated teaching artists work with students—all with a view towards getting students to unlock Shakespeare’s language on their own.

Sponsored by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

Additional information

For more information about our Capital Shakespeare school residencies, contact Danielle Drakes at (202) 675-0365 or