TSI: Weekend Intensives

This teacher professional development program has ended. Please stay tuned for similar opportunities in the future!




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Tracy Russo

Register now for the February 2-3 Weekend Intensives!

Be one of thirty teachers to spend two jam-packed days at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, taking a deep dive into teaching Shakespeare the Folger way: through attention to scholarship, performance, curriculum, and assessment.

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, including the Folger First Folios and the first Elizabethan stage in North America. Work with scholars, theater professionals, and experienced teachers. See and discuss a live production at Folger Theatre—in October, Antony and Cleopatra and in February, The Way of the World, a new comedy adapted from the play by William Congreve. Build relationships with wildly inquisitive and dedicated colleagues, and walk away with a whole set of resources for teaching and learning.


Friday, February 2, 9:45am – Saturday, February 3, 5pm


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


  • Program Director: Dr. Peggy O'Brien, Director of Education, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Mentor Teacher: Michael LoMonico, Senior Consultant on National Education, Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Guest Scholar: Dr. Michele Osherow, Resident Dramaturg, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Associate Professor of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Performance Faculty: Michael Tolaydo, Professor Emeritus of Theater, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and member of the real theater world
  • More faculty announcements will be made in the coming months.


Tuition is $450 and includes coffee and lunch on Friday, books, all classroom materials, and a ticket to a Folger Theatre production.

Travel and Housing

Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements. We will send participants information on the several hotels and short-term rental options near the Folger.

We are also available to answer any questions.


If you are interested in one of these spots, register online.

The registration deadline for the February Intensive is December 1, 2017.

By December 5, we will let you know if you are in the Intensive group or on the waitlist. If you are in the Intensive group, you must pay the $450 tuition fee by December 20, 2017. 

Professional Development Credit

At the request of participants who have completed the program, Folger Shakespeare Library will happily write letters outlining and verifying their work. Past participants have used these letters, which typically describe the goals, schedule, tasks, and hours of the program, to obtain professional learning credits through their schools or districts.


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


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James Brantley