TSI: Weekend Intensives

Registration deadline is February 1, 2019


February 22-23, 2019


Active reading
Photo Credit: 
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 and work with you too!  You won’t be bored because we are always learning and growing here.

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

Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC  20003

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

. . . and several other members of our TSI faculty, TBA!

Tuition is $450 and 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. We can supply information on the several hotels and short-term rental options near the Folger if that’s helpful to you.

Register Now

Only 30 places are available.  REGISTER HERE

The registration deadline is February 1, 2019.

To secure your space you will need to submit your registration with the non-refundable tuition fee by the deadline. We will only accept payment by credit card for this program.

20 Hours of Professional Development Credit

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

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


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

Registration deadline is February 1, 2019