Education - Teachers

Teaching Shakespeare Program 2014

The Teaching Shakespeare Program shows teachers how to teach the plays of Shakespeare not as literature but as theatre – the way Shakespeare intended.

Stage 1: Teacher Workshops
Teachers and professional actors attend workshops together. These interactive workshops introduce you to the drama-based strategies you will employ in your classroom in Stage 2. Lunch is included.

Workshop dates:
King Lear: May 4 or August 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
A Midsummer Night's Dream: May 10 or August 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Stage 2: Classroom Visits
In partnership with a professional actor, plan and teach three lessons on your chosen play. Actors' visits are one class period in length. Stage 2 takes place in May and June for teachers attending May workshops, or September and October for teachers attending August workshops. 

Stage 3: Student Theatre Trips
Teaching Shakespeare Program classes also get free tickets to a Prologue the morning of their matinée visit. Stage 3 takes place in May and June for teachers attending May workshops, or September and October for teachers attending August workshops.

Teacher Preview Tickets
When we receive your registration form and your ticket order or $120 deposit, we will send you a promo code for a free ticket to your choice of King Lear and/or A Midsummer Night's Dream. You can use that code to see the performance(s) at any time that is convenient to you.

What does it cost? 
Stages 1 and 2 are provided to you entirely free by the Stratford Festival. The only cost to participate in the program is your students' theatre tickets and transportation for Stage 3. If your school serves low-income families and you wish to apply for subsidy of your bus expenses, please complete the Subsidy Request Form available below.

If you have not already booked your tickets for Stage 3, a deposit of $120 is required to confirm your registration. This will become the deposit for your ticket order. 

Who is it for?
Teachers' workshops are in two sections:
• Elementary (Grades 4 to 8)
• Secondary (Grades 9 to 12)
We regret that we are not able to provide the Teaching Shakespeare Program to schools outside of Canada.

No drama background? No problem.
The Teaching Shakespeare Program gives you everything you need, from materials already prepared to an artist partner to help you get on your feet.

Send us an email or call us at 1.800.561.1233, ext. 2319.

Ready to sign up?
Download these documents:
     Teaching Shakespeare Registration Form
     Teaching Shakespeare Program: Need to Know 

     Subsidy Request Form
Please include a quote for schoolbus transportation with your subsidy request.

Teacher Testimonials

"I teach in an inner-city class with academic and behavioural problems. I went into the workshops thinking that Shakespeare would be way over the kids’ heads. But instead, the play was broken down into easy, interactive lessons that engaged the kids. Fantastic program!!!"

"This workshop is the best that I have ever attended in over 20 years of teaching and professional development. I was completely inspired to bring the world of Shakespeare to my Grade 5 students, and they, in turn, responded with the utmost enthusiasm."

"A wonderful resource for English teachers and an exciting, viable approach to Shakespeare."

2014 Playbill List King LearCrazy for YouA Midsummer Night's DreamThe Beaux' StratagemMan of La ManchaAlice Through the Looking-GlassHay FeverKing JohnMother Courage and Her ChildrenAntony and CleopatraChristina, The Girl KingA Midsummer Night's Dream - a chamber play2014 Season