Student Festivals

Folger invites teachers and their students from across the DC Metro area to perform their 25-minute interpretations of Shakespeare's plays. The students help edit, direct, and craft a piece, then perform in front of an audience of their peers in a day-long festival that celebrates Shakespeare's language, his plays, and the students' achievements mastering his work. Please note: We will not be hosting our annual Emily Jordan Folger Children’s Shakespeare Festival during the building renovation and evolving COVID-19 crisis. Check back with us when we re-open for more information. 

Secondary Shakespeare School Festival

Our annual Secondary School Shakespeare Festival for students in grades 7–12 is open to schools in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Students come to the Folger for a full day and perform pieces they’ve created using Shakespeare’s text. Throughout the day students engage with their peers, participate in language activities, and perform, after which they receive supportive feedback from selected commentators after performing on the Folger stage.


More information

Questions? Check out our Festival FAQ. You may also contact the Director of Education, Peggy O'Brien, at