Teaching Shakespeare Program
Immerse yourself in Shakespeare, then return to your classroom inspired to teach his plays!
The Teaching Shakespeare Program includes:
Stage 1: Teacher Workshops
August 18 to 20
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. Free tickets to preview Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew and Love's Labour's Lost are included in Stage 1.
Stage 2: Classroom Visits
September and October
In partnership with a professional actor, plan and teach three lessons on your chosen play. Actors' visits are one class period in length.
Stage 3: Student Theatre Trips
September and October
Teaching Shakespeare Program classes also get free tickets to a Prologue the morning of their matinée visit.
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, the non-refundable $122 deposit for your ticket order is required at the time of your registration for the program.
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. 2354.
Teaching Shakespeare Registration Form
Transportation Subsidy Request Form (optional)
"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."