Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

About Us

Folger Education is the K-12 outreach arm of the  Folger Shakespeare Library, home to the world’s largest collection of Shakespeare materials,  and is a leader in how Shakespeare is taught today. We believe that the best way to learn Shakespeare is to do Shakespeare. In addition to publishing the Shakespeare Set Free curriculum guides and the Folger Editions of Shakespeare’s works, we also work with educators across the country to develop classroom resources, including lesson plans, workshops, podcasts and videos, and other materials to help make Shakespeare come alive through performance-based teaching for students of all abilities.

To find out more, please visit us at www.folger.edu/teach-learn.


Mike LoMonico serves as the Folger’s Senior Consultant for National Education after teaching  high school for more than 33 years. Currently, he teaches an English Methods course for future teachers at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York, where he earned his M.A.  He has a strong background in performance and technology and their use in teaching and learning.

Peggy O’Brien is director of education at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Dr. O’Brien is the founder of the Folger’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute and initiated the groundbreaking education series, Shakespeare Set Free. She previously served as the director of communications for District of Columbia Public Schools.

Folger Ed includes the library’s expert education team, passionate teachers who have trained at the Folger, and a librarian or two. We are all passionate about Shakespeare and how a good interpreter — whether teacher or performer — can illuminate the plays and poems.

We’d love to hear from you!
Please share your comments, feedback, or ideas with us at educate@folger.edu.