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Shakespeare 400: This Week Is THE Week!

Woo Hoo!  This is the birthday and deathday week. And this could be the week of a tiny bit of creative mayhem in your classes.   On Saturday, the 23rd, the Folger will host an international live streaming event—called The Wonder of Will LIVE — from our historic Paster Reading Room. Broadcast live via C-SPAN2 and… Continue Reading »


A Big Announcement this week, teaching colleagues! We’re totally psyched. We want you to . . .   JOIN US! THREE LIVE-STREAMED MASTER CLASSES FROM THE FOLGER!  Join us, your colleagues down the hall, and teachers from across the country for a series of three live-streamed-from-the-Folger Master Classes focused on three plays you teach. One… Continue Reading »

In Thanksgiving for Teachers

  Because we’re headed toward Thanksgiving, and because we are thankful for you and what you do always, I want to share a list that was my entire keynote at the Stratford (Ontario) Festival’s annual fall education conference last month. My list/talk was—of course—about teachers. PEGGY O’BRIEN’S TEN ABSOLUTE TRUTHS ABOUT TEACHERS You have the… Continue Reading »

Read On…

By Peggy O’Brien   In our June issue of BardNotes, I posed four questions to y’all.  Three of them were requesting your advice about our blog and some new directions it might take.  I snuck in the fourth question, purely for my own selfish purpose.  I asked you what I should read this summer.  … Continue Reading »

Advice for Graduates

 By Peggy O’Brien At St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s 2015 commencement, Michael Tolaydo—both in honor of his long and distinguished career there and in honor of the graduating class—was asked to send the graduates off into their futures with some Shakespeare.  We share it with you here because he is an important part of the… Continue Reading »

Believing in Dr. King

  [getty src=”3361122?et=oWkEYkudRFV-mX3XFa3atA&sig=y7PT5lyOZUSlXwRFO8bMRwEry9eIyD-qEm_xsmoOFyE=&caption=true” width=”433″ height=”594″] By Peggy O’Brien I am writing today—on Martin Luther King’s real birthday—because his presence in the world and in my life had so much to do with why I became a teacher, and because the words that he left with us continue to challenge and inspire so many of us. … Continue Reading »

This speech of yours hath moved me: The ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Scott Van Wye, a student of Richard Phillipy at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, won first prize at the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition on May 5. Scott performed a speech by Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing and a cold reading from The Tempest in addition to a sonnet. The competition was held at Lincoln Center… Continue Reading »

Who Lights The Fire?

Yeats is the guy who said that education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.  What I think about all the time is how that fire gets lit.  What’s the spark that turned you on to Shakespeare?  Who or what lit that fire or that fuse for you? [getty… Continue Reading »

Office Hours? Thanks in advance for your advice . . . .

Last December, we led a Master Class on teaching Romeo and Juliet, streamed live from the public television studio we have tucked inside our building.  Six hundred of you joined us, asked questions and made comments on the air, and lit up the chat box during the hour.  A whole bunch of you were kind enough… Continue Reading »

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