Teaching Shakespeare!

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Posts Categorized: Shakespeares-plays

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 »


More Than Papier-Mâché Characters

~by Anthony Del Col The best Shakespeare production I’ve ever seen was also the worst. A friend of mine was doing a community theatre production of Titus Andronicus years ago and it was quite bad (with the exception of my friend, who may be reading this… oops!).  Bad acting, directing, sets, costumes and props (a… Continue Reading »


A Plea to All Educators!

I’m writing with a plea for help.  Feedback, actually. Folger Education creates a study guide to accompany each play Folger Theatre produces with a student matinee.  Our aim is to offer teachers background information and activities on the play which they may use with their students for preparation and  follow-up of their matinee experience. This is not an uncommon… Continue Reading »


Online Courses

One of the things Folger Education has been working on this year is the development of an online course on MACBETH.  If you’ve ever taken an online course, what was your experience with it?  We plan to offer an eight-week course, meeting once each week for 90 minutes, starting in mid-February.  Would you be interested… Continue Reading »


What plays for a webinar?

Our recent webinar on Macbeth drew an overwhelming response from teachers across the country and around the world.  Within two and-a-half hours of posting the notice for it, all 150 available seats had been filled.  Another 245 teachers tried to register for the session.  Unfortunately, on the night of the webinar, only 73 of the… Continue Reading »


MACBETH Set Free Webinar

Folger Education, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will offer a free webinar on December 7th.  Don’t rush out to sign up because within three hours of posting a notice to our BardNotes subscribers all 150 available seats were filled.  We were excited by the response and surprised by the speed by… Continue Reading »


Network Romeo

Rumor has it that the ABC network has committed to producing a new period drama series, a retelling of Romeo & Juliet set in Renaissance Verona. Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the movie adaptation of another popular story about star-crossed lovers belonging to clans that are at odds with each other, Twilight, is in talks to… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare and Current Events: War

One quote we hear from students over and over again is “Shakespeare doesn’t relate to my life.” In a sense, they could be right: Shakespeare wrote his plays 400 years ago, often about subject matter even older than that! However, the topics he explored inside of the action are what keep us coming back. Quoted out… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare in New York

After a summer with hundreds of outdoor performances everywhere, from Central Park where Al Pacino starred in The Merchant of Venice to the Parking Lot which featured Julius Caesar and Love’s Labor’s Lost, Shakespeare is back and he’s alive and well and living  in NYC. Here are some highlights: Not only is Shakespeare back, but so is Al Pacino, but this… Continue Reading »


Is There a Difference between Teaching and Directing Shakespeare

~by Kevin J Costa Sometimes I’m asked about the difference between teaching Shakespeare and directing his plays. I’ve often thought about that difference too – and, lately, even if there is a difference. Certainly, anyone who has the privilege, as I do, to teach and to direct, at school and professionally, will have different opinions… Continue Reading »