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 building skills in speaking, listening, and close reading through an active introduction to William Shakespeare’s language. By using different disciplines, including visual and creative arts, history, and language arts, the program ensures that students of all ability levels will find a point of entry into Shakespeare’s language, characters, and the questions that each of the plays asks us to consider.

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.

Additional information

For more information about our Capital Shakespeare school residencies, contact Gregory Armstrong (202) 548-8779 at garmstrong@folger.edu.