Teaching Shakespeare!

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Varsity Shakespeare: The Lily McKee High School Fellows of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Each school year since 1981, a select group of students from all kinds of schools all over the DC region have gathered at the Folger Shakespeare Library to form a community of learners pursuing big questions about and around Shakespeare. Under the guidance of a first-rate faculty, they take deep dives into selected plays (this year’s were As You Like It, Hamlet, and Pericles—and, oh, did the students tackle and befriend them!) and participate in scholarly seminars, rare book talks, performance workshops, group projects, and independent research. They attend Folger Theatre productions and enjoy behind-the-scenes tours of the Folger’s Reading Rooms and Conservation Lab. Working with scholars, actors, directors, teachers, editors, and conservators, high school fellows explore a range of approaches to Shakespeare and the humanities.

Last night our Lily McKee High School Fellows celebrated the conclusion of their intensive fall course with group performances on the Folger stage, a showcase of student research, and a reception for their adoring fans: the fabulous parents, teachers, loved ones, and supporters who made this semester possible.

We could show you photos from last night’s celebration, but we thought that a slideshow of photos from throughout the fall course would give you a better glimpse into the life of this rigorous program—and this year’s extraordinary class! Thanks for your warmth, your wit, and your sense of adventure, McKee Fellows of 2015-16!

Do you know a likely McKee Fellow? A high school junior or senior who would love this learning experience? Let us know! Please write to cviglietta@folger.edu. A vast amount of Shakespeare knowledge is not required; students who are curious, hard-working, and up for an exciting and rewarding challenge are always encouraged to apply. All McKee Fellows are awarded full scholarships.

The application process for 2016-17 will begin this spring.