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Shakespeare and Company Education

Middle and Elementary School Tour

Shakespeare and the Language That Shaped A World

A whirlwind tour through the life, times, and work of William Shakespeare, led by six actors equipped with six stools, a bit of historical information and scenes from many of his greatest plays. This energetic, fast-paced peek into Shakespeare’s world and Elizabethan life was created by Kevin G. Coleman, Director of Education at Shakespeare & Company. It is a fun, accessible introduction to Shakespeare with enough depth to please students who have already studied The Bard. 45 minutes in length; for grades 4 and up. Audience size is unlimited.

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Workshop in Performance

Our teaching artists work closely with a group of 40 students to unleash an exciting, immediate, and personal experience of Shakespeare’s language, which they quickly make their own in the acting process. Students’ ideas and interpretations are incorporated and woven into the final scene sharing. In this workshop, each student can succeed and discover that Shakespeare is accessible, outrageous, and immediately engaging. They also perceive their classmates in new and delightful ways. This workshop is about taking risks while discovering the playfulness of acting. Success is genuinely earned. Available plays are: Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 45 minutes in length; requires a large open space. Limit 40 students.

I loved what the company did yesterday—the workshop and the production—and our kids had a really good time. This is not an easy group to please, but they were so engaged and had so much fun—The response in homeroom when I asked them this morning was really wonderful—they were all abuzz as it were! So THANK YOU ALL!!!
-Barbara Washer, Renbrook School, CT


1 presentation of
Shakespeare and the Language That Shaped a World

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2 presentations of
Shakespeare and the Language That Shaped a World

Rate: $1,100 for either option

To reserve a date on our Tour Calendar, or to discuss alternative dates, please contact: School Programs Manager, 413-637-1199 ext. 131 or

I just wanted let you know how much we enjoyed and appreciated working with the Shakespeare & Company! You were so easy to work with and the actors that came for the residency were outstanding. The experience was so meaningful for my students and myself. In fact we are now hooked on Shakespeare.
-Janine Massaro, Abram Lansing Elementary School, NY

Funding Information

Massachusetts Cultural Council Grants

The PASS Program funds cultural field trips for children, grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, by subsidizing the cost of admission to attend programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences. For more information and an application, visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council website’s PASS Program page.

The Big Yellow School Bus program provides grants to help schools meet the transportation costs of educational field trips to cultural institutions and events. For more information and an application, visit the MCC’s Big Yellow School Bus web page.

Additionally, you may apply to your Local Cultural Council for funding. Visit the MCC’s Local Cultural Council Program web page for info on how to apply.