Teaching Shakespeare!

A Folger Education Blog

Why English? How English?

During this month’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute, some of our Summer Scholars have chosen to blog their experiences on their own sites, and have given permission to share some of them here. Today, Bill Parsons shares an insight he explored during TSI that he’ll take back to his classroom this fall: Lately I’ve tried to put… Continue Reading »


Thee, thou, and you: Pronouns in the Sonnets Day 5 of TSI

During this month’s Teaching Shakespeare Institute, some of our Summer Scholars have chosen to blog their experiences on their own sites, and have given permission to share some of them here. Today we’ll look back on yesterday’s very full day of activities with Greta Brasgalla: And we are back for another week!  Today was a… Continue Reading »


A Day in the Life of the TSI Interns

For each summer of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute, Folger Education brings in two dedicated interns specifically for the program. Hannah and Megan, this year’s interns, share what their average day during TSI has been so far: 6:00am: Hannah’s alarm goes off. Hannah is living on site at the Folger with other TSI Faculty members. 6:20am:… Continue Reading »


"You are welcome, masters; welcome, all."

This past weekend began our latest summer of the Teaching Shakespeare Institute! TSI, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, gives us the opportunity to meet 25 secondary teachers from all over the country, and explore performance-based teaching with them for their own classroom experience. TSI is a bustling time at the Folger, with… Continue Reading »


"All The World's A Stage": The Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival

Steve Rowland who, with Robert Miller, is working a documentary project called ShakespeareIS, just returned from a seven-week trip to England where he took in all that the Globe to Globe  Shakespeare Festival had to offer.  Thirty-six plays, along with Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis were presented in thirty-five languages, “plus one play in ‘American Hip Hop’ —… Continue Reading »


Shakespeare Behind Bars

Many of you have probably heard about the Luther Luckett Correctional Facility’s program Shakespeare Behind Bars from the 2005 documentary. Now in its 18th year, the program still makes headlines for its heartfelt, simply staged performances and intelligent, honest discourse from the program’s participants. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2kr5wV_AiQ] The premise of the program is that for a year,… Continue Reading »