Teaching Shakespeare!

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Posts Categorized: Shakespeare/acting

Sounds and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not.

We’re noticing something around the internet lately: educators are using contemporary music to enhance lesson plans. This may not be up-to-the-minute news. A lot of us remember at least this scene from Renaissance Man starring Danny DeVito where the class of military privates presents the summary of Hamlet as a rap. Or the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s interpretation… Continue Reading »


Student Shakespeare Festivals

Folger Education just concluded the 31st annual Secondary School Festival with 56 schools participating in a seven day event featuring performances by 1,500 students from the Virginia, Maryland, DC area.  Ten of the schools were part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, an NEA/Arts Midwest grant funded program that placed teaching artists in 1o classrooms. … Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti: The End

~by Emily Marquet For the rest of this adventure, please see these posts! Day 1 Day 2 Days 3 & 4 Day 5: WE’RE DOING IT! Our actors, naturally, were completely unfazed by the request to perform twice. After the morning assembly, the actors reported to the “stage”- the front basketball court of the school… Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti: Days 3 & 4

~ by Emily Marquet (previous entries on this adventure are on the blog! Click for DAY 1 and DAY 2!) Day 3 & 4: Sassy Fairies & Clowning Wednesday’s goal was to block the second half of the play. We nearly succeeded. Some scenes took longer than others to block and some characters (like Puck… Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti: Day 2

~ by Emily Marquet (if you missed the beginning of Emily’s adventure, click HERE) Day 2: En Kreyol… S’il Vous Plait It was discussed and decided as a cast on the second day of rehearsal that most of the play would be told in Kreyol. We determined that it was more important to tell the story… Continue Reading »


One Week in Haiti, Day 1.

~ by Emily Marquet The Objective: To mount a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In four days. The Obstacle: We (the directors as well as the script bearers/ costumers) had just missed our flight. Sitting at the bar of an airport restaurant armed with a… Continue Reading »


Is It Harder To Act Shakespeare?

Folger Theatre presented the first of its four matinee performances of The Comedy of Errors for students today.  As we have in the past, students were invited to participate in a talk-back with the actors following the performance.  One of the students asked the cast whether or not it was harder to act Shakespeare than… Continue Reading »


Children Friendly Shakespeare on DVD

 Many elementary educators have inquired about a kid friendly movie version of Shakespeare’s plays to show their students. The hope is that by exposing them to a movie version in lieu of the limited accessibility of a stage production, they can grasp the language more quickly by hearing and seeing it performed by professionals.  … Continue Reading »


Just another Fairie?

In the age of  more and more Tinkerbell movies(yes there’s another one coming soon), one can understand an elementary educator’s propensity towards producing A Midsummer Night’s Dream with their students. Young girls can be quite drawn to the idea of putting on those fairy wings and singing a sweet lullaby to their Queen. Budding young actors love the… Continue Reading »


Movement Shakespeare (The Rest is Silence)

Word Words Words are what come to mind when we are first asked to think of Shakespeare. The man wrote brilliant words! But he also wrote incredible characters with vast emotional range and complex inner turmoil, which cannot only be expressed in words. Here in DC there is a theatre company called Synetic (pictured up left),… Continue Reading »