Students love our in-school residencies –
and you will too!
Seattle Shakespeare Company offers in-school residencies to help introduce students to the world of Shakespeare and other classical theater. We’ll send professional teaching artists to your classroom, and plan with you to achieve your classroom learning goals – or you can choose from some of our most popular residency plans!
“I thought Shakespeare was kind of simple and boring, but when we did the activities, I actually enjoyed learning more about Shakespeare and still want to learn more.”
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!
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.