Teaching Shakespeare!

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"Have I had children's voices?"

I’ll admit. I was wary of my first Children’s Festival. And each year I’m still a little wary. I know they can do it. They know they can do it. But will they do it? Will they speak the speech? And every time I am pleasantly surprised. Yesterday we had a 9 year-old Lear who… Continue Reading »


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

I’d like to dedicate today’s blog post to recognizing YOU, Educators. May 7-11 is Teacher Appreciation Week in the US. Maybe some of you have some fresh, shiny apples on your desk as a show of appreciation from your students! We appreciate your hard work collecting materials and resources for your classroom – however big… Continue Reading »


Oh, to Be in England…

As part of the Cultural Olympiad, the London 2012 Festival features more Shakespeare than has ever been assembled anywhere.


Bard-Art

Sometimes before jumping into the physical art of performance, we like to explore other media with students to expand their discussion of Shakespeare. We’ve mentioned the myriad of ways students approach an Illumination Project in our High School Fellowship Program, shown you examples of “remixing” Shakespeare’s text with audio effects, tried our hand at animating… Continue Reading »


These People in This Room at This Time

~by Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger A few weeks ago, I was able to sit in on a read through of Taming of the Shrew. I know the play; I knew the lines. But listening to those actors in that room on that day, the language really came alive for me. The actors brought parts of… Continue Reading »


"Kate the Curst"

~by Kate Eastwood Norris currently in the role of Katherina Minola for Folger Theatre  As I write this, we are about two weeks from our first audience for the Folger’s production of The Taming of the Shrew and I still have no real idea how to say Kate’s final speech without offending somebody! After almost twenty… Continue Reading »


The world increases, and kindreds are mightily strengthened

~by Lucretia Anderson In the olden days, families might sit around the parlor reading Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays together for the day’s entertainment. In 2012 we’re shaking it up! This past Saturday, Danielle Drakes and I had the privilege of working with an enthusiastic mix of 6-12 year olds and their parents in a workshop… Continue Reading »


World Shakespeare Festival Begins April 23rd!

The World Shakespeare Festival (WSF) starts April 23rd.  It  is a celebration of Shakespeare as the “world’s playwright.” The Royal Shakespeare Company is producing the event, which runs until the November. This event is an unprecedented collaboration with leading UK and international arts organizations. It’s the biggest celebration of Shakespeare ever staged. Approximately 60 partners will be coming together… Continue Reading »


Share your Shakespeare Celebrations!

You may have seen the little note in this month’s BardNotes E-Newsletter (not registered yet? SIGN UP HERE!), but we want to know how you’re celebrating April 23rd with your class! What’s on April 23rd? Shakespeare’s Birthday! At the Folger we celebrate big-time. After some celebratory lectures and events in the Theatre, we throw a big… Continue Reading »


And so it begins!

~by Danielle Drakes Education Outreach Coordinator  Earlier this week I attended the first rehearsal for The Taming of the Shrew, Folger Theatre’s next production.  Having recently seen several interpretations of this well known play at our very successful Secondary School Festival last month, I was reminded that when we engage in a Shakespeare play it… Continue Reading »