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Teacher Tuesday: Teaching with Tech

The amount of new technology springing up around us can be dizzying, especially when our students are picking it up so quickly. Much of their daily life is conducted online – so how can our classrooms extend into that area of their life? In these Teacher to Teacher Videos, we’re highlighting some ways teachers are… Continue Reading »


Shall I Compare Thee to a Quarto?

It seems we’re not alone in our disappointment with Julian Fellowes’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet (sans Shakespeare’s words). While the language still sounds lofty, they’re not Shakespeare’s word choices – and that’s a big deal. Terry Guerin suggested in the comments that one of the quotes was perhaps based on First or Second Quarto language… Continue Reading »


“Is all your family within?”

One of the most exciting weekends at Folger is Family Fun day, when we “Shake up Saturday” with a program for students and parents. This past Saturday, we had children and families sharing the stage as we learned about Elizabethan theatre and Shakespeare’s time. Then we worked together to perform a short version of Twelfth… Continue Reading »


Living With Folger Education

I first came to the Folger as a high school freshman participating in the Secondary School Shakespeare Festival. I was playing Dogberry, the lovable constable with a penchant for malapropism, in my high school Shakespeare Club’s abbreviated staging of Much Ado About Nothing. My first Festival was incredible – the extreme energy and love for… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare for Everyone: Working with Students with Severe Disabilities

~by Christopher Shamburg, New Jersey City University Shakespeare can be a powerful tool for the cognitive, emotional, social, and linguistic development of all kids. I saw this phenomenon when working with the students of A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City, a comprehensive school for students ages 3-21 with severe medical, physical, and cognitive disabilities…. Continue Reading »


Igniting a Flame at the Folger's 2013 Elementary Educators' Conference

Folger Educatin Intern Samantha Smith writes about her experience at our Elementary Educators’ Conference On the last day of the 2013 Shakespeare in Elementary Education Conference at the Folger Shakespeare Library, students from Capitol Hill Montessori took to the stage in the Folger Theatre to perform a short play entitled “Much Ado About Shakespeare.”  The… Continue Reading »


Available Today: How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare!

~by Ken Ludwig Today is the publication date of my new book, How To Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Random House Publishing), and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share this book with you as parents and educators, arts advocates and fellow Shakespeare fanatics. I’ve spent my career in the arts, and I have staked… Continue Reading »


A Message from Bob Young

Dear Colleagues, I want to take this opportunity to tell you that I shall be retiring from the Folger effective June 30th. It has been a privilege to serve as the first Director of Education since it became its own division at the Library in 2007. In the almost six years that Education has been… Continue Reading »


'Tis Much When Scepters Are in Children's Hands

Once a year, for a wonderful week, we throw open the doors of Folger Theatre and invite elementary children, grades three through six, to share Shakespeare. Our stage has been full of Puck, Oberon, Titania, Nick Bottom, Peter Quince, Romeo, Juliet, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear and his daughters. These young students are a… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare the Player

Last night, I sat in on the first preview for Folger Theatre’s new production of Twelfth Night. The romantic, knotty nature of the play was brought out in the production, and I, along with the rest of the very packed house, found myself enjoying the whole play anew. And then Feste (for not many companies cast a… Continue Reading »