Shakespeare Steps Out

Our elementary school program, Shakespeare Steps Out, brings Shakespeare to teachers and students in grades 3–6 in selected public schools. A teaching artist connects students with Shakespeare’s language actively, so they can fully access the text and own the plays and everything in them.

The Shakespeare Steps Out program includes:

  • Ten interactive, standards-based classroom visits led by Folger teaching artists. The first three sessions focus on introducing Shakespeare and his language. The remaining seven visits are designed to build on that foundation with elements of performance.

All students end up reading closely, asking good questions, and benefiting from lasting relationships with words and ideas.

The program—including actor fees, transportation to and from the stage combat workshop and the festival, and related instructional materials—is provided to selected schools at no cost.


Please check back in May for the 2020-2021 application.


Shakespeare Steps Out is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional information

For more information contact Kate Long at