In-School Residencies

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Teachers are already sharing Shakespeare in their classrooms, and we’re happy to support them right where they are. Each year, professional artists visit dozens of schools to engage students with Shakespeare in a variety of active, play-based curriculum modules. Teachers can mix and match modules led by teaching artists to introduce a specific play or teach stage combat, Elizabethan dress and dance, scene study, monologues, adaptation, and more.

For the 2020-2021 school year, we are offering low- and no-cost online workshops to any Washington school. We are particularly excited about workshops centered around play introduction, conversations with a Shakespeare expert, and (if breakout rooms are available for small-group work) scene study and adaptation workshops. We’ve been amazed by the kinds of questions students ask: was Shakespeare a rebel? Is Romeo and Juliet still important? Why did Shakespeare write this play?

Thank you for taking the time to talk with our students, and thank you for the work you do to inspire all people, but especially young people, to fall in love with Shakespeare. — Teacher, Sunnyside High School

Planning and Pricing

  • Residencies can be anywhere from 1 hour to several weeks.
  • Cost is $105 for an hour-long (or so) class period, with up to 35 students.
  • Discounts available for schools with high low income population.
  • Special “First One’s On Us” discounts available to new schools to help you try us out.
  • Don’t see what you’re looking for? Ask us to help customize a residency!

Curriculum

Mix and match any of these classes, or contact us to plan a custom residency. Our most popular residency is our 4-day Romeo and Juliet curriculum, which combines these first four classes in sequence.

  • Introduction to a Shakespeare Play: We’ll briefly introduce Shakespeare and why we study him, teach basic iambic pentameter, and create tableaux of the plot of a Shakespeare play.
  • Stage Combat: Students will learn several unarmed stage combat moves, then choreograph their own fights to put into the context of a scene from the play you are studying.
  • Dress and Dance: We’ll discuss Elizabethan fashion and manners, discover why status was so important in Shakespeare’s day, and learn two Renaissance dances.
  • Scene Study: Students will work together to unlock the text of a scene from Shakespeare and rehearse it the way that an actor would, examining their characters’ objectives and tactics.
  • Scene Coaching: Already working on scenes from a play? We can send one of our teaching artists to help students get the most out of their scenes by coaching for a day or two.
  • Showcase Residency: Over the course of several weeks, we will work with students on text, physical storytelling, and rehearsing scenes in small groups. This residency can culminate in a showcase for families.

Please contact Education Director Michelle Burce to start planning your residency now.