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A Festival of Learning: Student Reflections

By Folger Education   Hey, everyone! Since you can’t be here for the Secondary School Shakespeare Festival, we thought we’d share some glimpses into all this magic. Here’s what our fabulous Festival-goers have to say about their time with Shakespeare’s language and one another.   “When I found out we were performing Shakespeare, I was… Continue Reading »


Giving Me Life: The 2015 Secondary School Shakespeare Festival

Greetings from our 34th Secondary School Shakespeare Festival! It’s day two, and we’re just loving everyone’s joy, courage, and passion for language. Festival-goers are making friends and memories all over the place. And we at Folger Education are convinced that we’re the luckiest people on earth: we get to watch inspiring young people perform and… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare Uncovered Returns on PBS

  The second season of Shakespeare Uncovered begins on January 30th.  The Folger has been asked to work with WNET THIRTEEN to create support material for teachers and their students. I’ve been lucky to have seen the series already and want to share some of the highlights with you. Hugh Bonneville and Ralph Fiennes on Performing… Continue Reading »


An Actor's Take: Julius Caesar

We love actor Louis Butelli’s posts for the Folger Theatre Production Diary. Recently, he wrote about his discovery—after a long run here playing Cassius in Julius Caesar (closing Sun, Dec 7)—that whether Shakespeare’s set a play in Elsinore or Agincourt or Rome he can’t resist talking about the theater. Enjoy this player’s perspective. One of… Continue Reading »


What Julius Caesar Taught Me

by Sam Sherman Folger High School Fellow, Class of 2014 I don’t think I just speak for myself when I say that Shakespeare makes all the more sense when it is performed as opposed to it being examined from text. After all, Shakespeare wrote plays, not novels. Shakespeare wanted actors to play out his work… Continue Reading »



Silent Shakespeare

[getty src=”fst043011?et=naytA2hrSzRP6E94bv_XTw&sig=r-VTCoLilX8f7P9Dp26hJCN03VHv9nMrC1MN-ekO2cc=” width=”511″ height=”334″] By Deborah Gascon Have you ever seen any silent films of Shakespeare’s plays? During the 2014 Teaching Shakespeare Institute, I sat for hours in the belly of the Folger Shakespeare Library watching black-and-white silent films of Othello and Romeo and Juliet—and it was the best day ever. I was fascinated—how does a… Continue Reading »


Speaking Shakespeare: From fear to "the feeling that I could do it"

Why do we make such a big deal about performance-based learning? We at the Folger strongly believe that Shakespeare is for everyone and that speaking the Bard’s words for yourself is essential to gaining an understanding of and appreciation for Shakespeare’s plays. Lenny Henry, the British comedian turned acclaimed actor, recently shared his turn-around experience with… Continue Reading »


Listening to Shakespeare's Plays

  Performance helps bring Shakespeare alive, and listening to his words being spoken brings them off the page and into a new relevance for students. With the Folger Shakespeare Library launching a new series of Shakespeare audio editions, teachers now have access to unabridged texts from the gold standard Folger Editions performed by a full… Continue Reading »


This speech of yours hath moved me: The ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Scott Van Wye, a student of Richard Phillipy at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, won first prize at the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition on May 5. Scott performed a speech by Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing and a cold reading from The Tempest in addition to a sonnet. The competition was held at Lincoln Center… Continue Reading »