Online Resources & Study Guides

Teaching Shakespeare At Home

Whether you’re teaching remotely, working from home with your children, or teaching in school, we know that Shakespeare can be a wonderful way to engage students in learning about language, history, storytelling, and more. We’ve gathered a collection of some of the resources we turn to for guidance and inspiration when teaching Shakespeare’s plays. We believe that the best way to learn about Shakespeare is to take a multi-pronged approach. It’s more than just reading the plays (and a lot of folks enjoy just doing that), but you can get up on your feet, listen to others speak the words, watch how different artists approach a role, or discover what others think about the world’s greatest playwright.

Accompanying every main stage production at Seattle Shakespeare Company is a study guide that helps students (and patrons!) learn a little about the show in advance. These guides typically cover the characters and a plot summary, some background on the play, information about how the director has interpreted it for this production, and activities teachers can incorporate into their classrooms. You can read about:

And so much more!

SEASON 2019-2020

Troilus and Cressida

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by David Quicksall

Romeo and Juliet – Tour

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Ana María Campoy

The Rivals

Written by Richard Sheridan Brinsley and directed by George Mount

Hamlet – Tour

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Ana María Campoy

The Tempest

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Annie Lareau


SEASON 2018-2019

Richard III

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Rosa Joshi (with upstart crow collective)

She Stoops to Conquer

Written by Oliver Goldsmith and directed by Makaela Pollock

Arms and the Man

Written by George Bernard Shaw and directed by David Armstrong

As You Like It

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Kelly Kitchens

All’s Well that Ends Well

Written by William Shakespeare and directed by Victor Pappas