Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

Suit the Action to the Word

I’ve seen this activity done with many different audiences of students (and teachers), and it always makes me smile. The energy and creativity each participating group brings changes the activity slightly each time, adapting it to their interests and thoughts! As seen in the opening moments of this video about our elementary outreach program, Shakespeare… Continue Reading »


Available Today: How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare!

~by Ken Ludwig Today is the publication date of my new book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Random House Publishing), and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share this book with you as parents and educators, arts advocates and fellow Shakespeare fanatics. I’ve spent my career in the arts, and I have staked… Continue Reading »


A Message from Bob Young

Dear Colleagues, I want to take this opportunity to tell you that I shall be retiring from the Folger effective June 30th. It has been a privilege to serve as the first Director of Education since it became its own division at the Library in 2007. In the almost six years that Education has been… Continue Reading »


Playing the Fools, Part 2

~by Louis Butelli Today, I’ll just talk a little bit about what it’s like playing so many Fools. The first thing to say is that it’s a great honor to be included in the roster of Shakespeare’s Fools. One of the most fascinating things about Shakespeare’s writing is that he worked with an active theater… Continue Reading »


Playing the Fools, Part 1

~by Louis Butelli Hello, dear readers of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Education Blog! My name is Louis Butelli, and I’m an actor, specializing in Shakespeare’s comic characters. For the purposes of this post, though the term doesn’t necessarily always apply, for reasons I’ll discuss later, I’ll refer to them all as “Fools.” Here at the… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in ACTION

This past weekend I had the privilege of assisting on our 3rd installment of Shakespeare in Action –  a family workshop in which parents and their young children (ages 6-12) approach a scene from Shakespeare’s canon in a physical way. In the past we’ve looked at the opening scene from Romeo and Juliet and the climactic finale of Macbeth…. Continue Reading »


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