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Shakespeare and Company Education

On Teaching Shakespeare

Professional Development Workshop
Focus on: Julius Caesar • For the classroom — For the stage

Monday, August 10–Saturday, August 15, 2015 
Focus on: Macbeth • For the classroom — For the stage
Monday, August 17–Saturday, August 22, 2015
Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA
Both workshops are now FULL. Waitlist spots available.
Call 413-637-1199 x131 for details.

For the classroom – For the stage

The Tragedy of Julius Caesar
August 10–15, 2015
Led by Kevin G. Coleman

The Tragedy of Macbeth
August 17–22, 2015
Led by Kevin G. Coleman

This workshop for teachers, teaching artists and directors introduces Shakespeare & Company’s rationale and strategies for creating dynamic, engaging experiences of Shakespeare in the classroom–and on the stage.

This workshop is designed for classroom teachers, teaching artists and those who want to direct student productions of Shakespeare.

This workshop lays out the underlying rationale and the various teaching and directing strategies we use to create more dynamic and personally engaging experiences of Shakespeare in the classroom — and on stage.

This workshop offers tools and activities to help students make deeper visceral connections to better experience the big ideas and big feelings Shakespeare expresses in the text.

This workshop is all about moving, dancing, fighting, thinking, feeling, listening, speaking, imagining and breathing.



Download the Registration Form (PDF) for the Julius Caesar workshop.

Download the Registration Form (PDF) for the Macbeth workshop.


please contact School Program Manager by phone at 413-637-1199, ext. 131 or by e-mail:

The six day workshop includes:

  • 36 hours of Professional Development credit
  • Handouts of strategies and rationale for all activities presented
  • Generous time for observations, questions and discussion
  • Cut script for Julius Caesar or Macbeth (90 minutes — other 90-minute scripts available)
  • Tickets to one Shakespeare play.
  • Optional evening performances: TBD. Ticket purchase required.
  • Optional Friday evening class: Directing Student Productions
  • Free evenings Monday (after dinner) and Wednesday (vs. optional plays).

While we explore the particular elements at play in Julius Caesar or Macbeth, the techniques and strategies you’ll experience can be used to teach any of Shakespeare’s plays. Participating in this workshop can reinvent what is possible in a classroom, rekindle a teacher’s deep love for teaching, and help students to own, appreciate – even delight in the plays of Shakespeare.


This workshop is designed for teachers, teaching artist and directors who:

  • are sometimes daunted when teaching Shakespeare’s plays, or are undaunted but looking for more effective strategies
  • want their students to experience his plays as thrilling adventures and personally meaningful
  • seek active techniques for making the plays come outrageously alive in their classroom — including production elements.
  • enjoy learning in a vibrant arts and cultural setting
  • want to earn professional development points toward re-certification


This workshop provides:

  • a range of activities for creating dynamic, engaging experiences of Shakespeare in the classroom — and on the stage.
  • tools to bring the plays alive through multiple levels of participation by students
  • ways to help students make personal connections to characters and authentically explore relationships in the play
  • strategies to genuinely connect with the big ideas and big feelings in the text
  • the ability for students to walk away with Shakespeare’s story and language as a part of themselves


Please bring with you

  • a dictionary (or electronic access to a dictionary)
  • a notebook or journal
  • 10 or so lines of Shakespeare text that hold personal significance for you and that you know by heart from Julius Caesar or Macbeth
  • clothes and shoes that allow you to be physically active
  • a willingness and openness to engage Shakespeare’s texts imaginatively, physically, vocally and emotionally.

The Schedule

Classes and activities take place during mornings and afternoons and some evenings. Other evenings during this week are free time. Participants will attend two productions: TBD. Our schedule provides time for other optional Shakespeare & Company productions (available with a 20% teacher discount) as well as other local performances and attractions. Or just take the evening off.

Housing and Meals

Private rooms in Company housing with shared bath. Our housing facilities are extremely modest–think “camping.” A spouse, partner or adult guest in same room with participant costs an additional $25 per night. Pillows, sheets, blankets, wash cloth and 1 towel are provided for each person.

Refund Policy

Total refund of tuition paid is available if the participant notifies Shakespeare & Company in writing more than 30 days prior to the start of the program. Participant receives 50% reimbursement if notification of withdrawal from program is received prior to two weeks of the start of the program. No refunds given within 14 days of start of program.

If you have any questions about this workshop please contact School Program Manager, 413-637-1199, ext. 131