Teaching Shakespeare!

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Posts By: Peggy O'Brien


Teaching Colleagues, My heart is bursting, bursting for the students and teachers of Stoneman Douglas High School. I ache for the dead and the families and friends and students of the dead. I ache for the time that the healing will take. I ache for those who won’t ever heal. I ache that school invasions… Continue Reading »

Big News from the Folger!

Teaching Colleagues, Happy 2018! We are finally able to announce to the universe—and we totally consider each and all of you our universe!—two major steps in our ability to better serve you and your work. Huzzah! We are totally psyched to share this with all of you. Here we go: Short Prologue #1 (i.e. quick… Continue Reading »

Sad news from the Folger

Teaching Colleagues, I write today with such a sad heart, brought low by the death of Betsy Walsh. As Head of Reader Services, she presided over the Folger Reading Rooms—the inner sanctum—for many years. While the word “preside” reflects something of her job description, the woman herself was so much more: a welcoming, warm, intellectual… Continue Reading »

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 »


Teaching Colleagues,   We bring you big doings and a special invitation this month… Keep reading for all the exciting, once-in-a-lifetime details as we celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare! On April 23rd, the day the world commemorates Shakespeare’s birth (and death), the Folger will host an international live streaming event—called The Wonder of Will LIVE—from… Continue Reading »

Apply to the Teaching Shakespeare Institute 2016!

  ***Our blog will be on hiatus until January 7, 2016. Please check back then for a new post!*** Teaching Shakespeare 2016 is open for business!  Consider applying and/or urge your wonderful, energetic, intellectually hungry and curious colleagues to apply.  A full, full month–June 26th through July 23rd–with a rock star faculty and 24 teaching colleagues.  What… 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 »