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Bear-like, I Must Take the Course (Macbeth Set Free)

With the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities and NYIT, Folger Education just completed an 8-week on-line course on Teaching Macbeth. Enrollment was capped at 30 participants, each of whom received a Folger Toolkit. Each session was 90-minutes long and was live using Elluminate. Here is a summary of the sessions: Week 1: … 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 »


Macbeth Set Free

Folger Education entered  new territory on Tuesday February 15 with the beginning of Macbeth Set Free, an online course for teachers. With the help of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and New York Institute of Technology, we are able to reach teachers across the country with some solid approaches for teaching Shakespeare…. Continue Reading »


Shakespeare's Poetry: Venus and Adonis

As we all know, Shakespeare’s work entails more than just his theatrical accomplishments; he was a published poet even as he penned his well-known plays. In times when the playhouses were closed due to contagious illness, Shakespeare was able to find a patron (Henry Wriothsley, Earl of Southampton) who paid well for his poetry, and,… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare and comics?

~by Conor McCreery I’m pretty sure I know what you’re thinking; you’re thinking: FINALLY! Finally someone has put together a medium and a creative genius that work together even better than chocolate and peanut butter.  No, I’m not kidding. Shakespeare was always meant to be seen. His plays have a special mix of magic and… Continue Reading »


“How well he's read, to reason against reading!”

~by Jennifer Ventimiglia As King Ferdinand speaks of Biron in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, sometimes those of us in the education field also use “reasoning” to keep kids from “reading,” in this case, Shakespeare himself.  Administrators might “reason” that students need to be preparing for state-wide assessments and that there is no space in the… Continue Reading »