TSI: Weekend Intensives

Thank you to everyone who made this Weekend Intensive so fantastic! Check out more professional development opportunities with Folger Education.

February 22-23, 2019


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Tracy Russo


Come along and join our Teaching Shakespeare Institute staff and great guest faculty in a deep dive into the Folger’s way of teaching Shakespeare—an interactive, student-centered approach that incorporates attention to scholarship, performance, and what happens in your classroom.  And . . . that is effective for students of all ability levels.



  • Work with language from a variety of plays.
  • Learn how to sequence and teach the most essential strategies for connecting all kinds of students to Shakespeare's words, characters, and ideas.
  • Gain special access to the world's largest Shakespeare collection and do some work on the first Elizabethan stage in North America.
  • See and discuss with cast members a production of Nell Gwynn at the Folger Theatre.
    [Yes, Nell Gwynn.  A humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Nell discovers one of her biggest fans is none other than Charles II. Smitten with Nell’s spirit, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress. Commissioned by Shakespeare's Globe, this sparkling portrait of a rare woman earned accolades in London last season. This heart-warming and hilarious look at an amazing woman of her—or any—age is “an absolute treat” (The Times).]

You and 29 other new colleagues. If you are new to the Folger, we’d love to meet and work with you.  If you are a Folger alum, we’d love to see you and work together again!  You won’t be bored because we are always learning and growing here.

Friday, February 22, 9:45am - Saturday, February 23, 5pm

Folger Shakespeare Library on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

A Quick Peek into the Weekend

Lead Teacher:  Dr. Peggy O'Brien, Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library

Michael Tolaydo, Teaching Shakespeare Institute faculty and Professor Emeritus of Theater, St. Mary's College of Maryland

Dr. Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg, Folger Theatre, and Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Abbie Weinberg, Research & Reference Librarian, Folger Shakespeare Library

$450, includes coffee and lunch on Friday, books, all classroom materials, and a ticket to Nell Gwynn

Travel and Housing
You are responsible for your own travel arrangements. Let us know if you'd like information on the several hotels and short-term rental options near the Folger.


Limited to 30 participants so register now!

Registration Form

Deadline: February 8, 2019

To secure your space, please submit your registration with the non-refundable tuition fee by the deadline. We can only accept payment by credit card for this program.

20 Hours of Professional Development Credit

After successfully completing the Weekend Intensive, we will provide you and the appropriate office in your school district with a certification letter. 

Please email Greg Armstrong (garmstrong@folger.edu).


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Photo by James R. Brantley
Photo Credit: 
James R. Brantley