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.

Additional information

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