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Virtual Schools Programming

Bring Shakespeare and Company’s nationally recognized Education programs to your students wherever they are with our new Virtual Schools Programming. Engage with our most popular programs, reimagined for distance learning while retaining the dynamic connection between the students and the language of Shakespeare.

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Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World Streaming Production

"All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players."

A whirlwind tour through the life, times, and works of William Shakespeare, led by seven actors equipped with a couple of broadswords, 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 written by Kevin G. Coleman, Director of Education, in collaboration with Courtney Bryan Devon, Devante Owens, Eliana Rowe, Emily Diaz, Kirsten Peacock, Madeleine Rose Maggio, and Nick Nudler, and is newly reimagined for this digital production.

This production is designed to be a fun and accessible overview of Shakespeare and is perfect as an introduction for students who are early in their Shakespeare studies or as a wrap up at the end of the unit, and is designed for grades 6-12.

This pre-recorded production will be available to stream from mid-April through early-June of 2021. Thanks to generous funding from Shakespeare in American Communities, a program of Arts Midwest in Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, we are able to offer this program at a discounted rate of $150 per school to access the recording for the full duration of the run.

Your booking also includes access to our study guide and teaching materials, which can be used in conjunction with the digital performance.

Contact Brittney Holland, Tour Coordinator, at Education@shakespeare.org for more information or to make an advance reservation for our virtual production.


Virtual Talkbacks and Workshops

Offered as a supplement to our virtual production or a stand-alone activity, our virtual talkbacks and workshops connect students with our experienced Teaching Artists for an interactive learning opportunity. This spring, we are offering two virtual sessions:

Shakespeare in Performance – A 45-minute interactive digital workshop with one of our Teaching Artists, focused on unleashing an exciting, immediate, and personal experience of Shakespeare's language. In this workshop, each student can succeed and discover that Shakespeare is comprehensible, immediately engaging, and can be outrageously fun. This workshop is $75 per session and can accommodate up to 25 students.

Post-Show Forum - A 15-minute virtual talkback with the Shakespeare and Company’s Director of Education or one of our Teaching Artists about our production of Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, designed to invite the students to share their perspectives and engage with their peers as they think more deeply about Shakespeare. This workshop is $25 per session and works best with groups of no more than 30 students.

Contact Brittney Holland, Tour Coordinator, at Education@shakespeare.org for more information or to book a virtual workshop or talkback.


Virtual Residencies

Shakespeare and Company is working to reimagine our traditional in-school residency programs for remote learning. These custom programs run anywhere from one day to eight weeks and center the students’ voices through experiential learning.

Examples of current virtual residencies include: a two-week program for middle school students focusing on the poetry of Shakespeare, a six-week after-school program for high-school seniors that culminated in a virtual performance of a play, and a one-week Introduction to Shakespeare program for college students combining workshops in production and performance.

Contact School Programs Administrator Meg Marchione at mmarchione@shakespeare.org for more information about creating a custom program for your students this spring.

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.

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