Teaching Shakespeare!

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DC Students Take Over the Folger Theatre

I never knew a Shakespeare play could be that good.”

-A Student post-performance

This Fall, the Folger was eager to welcome over 500 students to our Student Matinee performances of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1, directed by Rosa Joshi, on September 26th and October 3rd.

Of the 500 students, 250 were DC students representing 6 different schools across the city:

  • Benjamin Banneker High School
  • McKinley Technology High School
  • Columbia Heights Education Campus
  • Blow Pierce Public Charter School
  • EXCEL Public Charter School
  • School Without Walls at Francis Stevens

These classes were given materials to help prep to see the play and had the actors who played Hal, Hotspur, Lady Percy, Bardolph and Prince John visit their classrooms before they came to see the show.

The program was made possible through funding by the Shakespeare in American Communities program, a national theatre program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The program supports professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays and related educational activities for middle and high school students across the country, building future audiences and building strong connections between students and their theatre communities.

The students were able to enjoy the performance and had a chance to ask the actors questions after the show. The Theatre and Exhibition Hall were full of applause and laughter throughout both days!