Play Introduction ResidencyA short, 1- to 4-day introduction to a specific Shakespeare play. In just a short period of time, we will cover themes of the play, characters, and setting, and given/special circumstances of the play. At Pacific Cascade Freshman Campus, we sent eight teaching artists to teach four days ofRomeo and Juliet to all 35 freshman English classes, from the Honors classes to the Special Ed programs! Every student learned about Shakespeare’s language and stories, stage combat, Elizabethan dress and dance, and scene studies from Romeo and Juliet. They followed up this residency with a visit from our touring production of the play.
Sample Romeo and Juliet Residency (4 days) Day 1: Introduction to Shakespeare’s world and iambic pentameter Day 2: Stage combat Day 3: Elizabethan dance Day 4: Scene studies from Romeo and Juliet
Play Intensive ResidencyTake a Shakespeare play off the pages and put it on its feet! Acting, dancing, fighting — you name it. We work with a Shakespeare play in your curriculum the way that Shakespeare would have intended — as actors! We get to know the characters, themes, and setting, and speak the language until it feels natural to students, even if they have never read Shakespeare before. Play intensive residencies typically last 3 to 6 weeks.
Shakespeare’s World ResidencyThis residency covers a variety of topics around Shakespeare’s life and work, plays and sonnets — giving students a fresh and comprehensive connection to Shakespeare’s world that will enrich their encounters with his work for life!
Showcase ResidencyStudents dive into Shakespeare several times a week over the course of a month, culminating in a showcase of scenes from Shakespeare. Master teaching artists work with classroom teachers to build a curriculum that focuses on scenes from two or more Shakespeare plays. Everyone is a leading actor!
One-Month At Montlake Elementary, we worked with two classes of 4th grade students to put on scenes from two different Shakespeare plays – Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Four days per week for four weeks, our teaching artists would come to Montlake during Language Arts class and work with students on understanding their lines, staging scenes, learning dance and combat, and rehearsing the final showcase. At the end of the month, they put on a daytime showcase for the whole school and an evening showcase for parents.
Six Days over Three Weeks At Spanaway Junior High, we visited two classes of 6th grade students on Tuesdays and Thursdays during their 90-minute block periods for three weeks. On other days of the week, the teacher would rehearse with students on her own and go over what they had learned with the teaching artist. They put on a showcase of scenes from Romeo and Juliet during the day for their whole school and in the evening for their parents.