Bard in the Classroom

Bring Shakespeare’s words to life for your students with a workshop led by a Bard Education teaching artists. Available year round, workshops focus on plays in our season or in the school curriculum, or can provide a general introduction using text from several plays. Active, engaging and energetic, our workshops give students first hand experience in the art of playing Shakespeare.

Through the use of voice, movement and acting exercises, students will have the opportunity to explore the plot, characters and language and learn how to bring the text to life. These interactive sessions are both informative and fun, nurturing the students' sense of discovery and play.

“This program is an absolute must!  I saw children come out of their shells and excel in ways I never dreamed possible.  The instructor was so skilled in both motivating and guiding the children through this amazing opportunity.” Teacher, Brooksbank Elementary

Workshop Options

All workshops use voice, movement and acting exercises to help students experience Shakespeare's language in action. Unless otherwise noted, workshops are designed to get all of the students up on their feet, participating.

A General Introduction to Shakespeare
Using text from a variety of plays, the teaching artist will give students an active introduction to Shakespeare's language and legacy. This workshop is ideal for students of any age who are new to Shakespeare.

A General Introduction to a Particular Play
The teaching artist will introduce students to the world of a particular play: the story, the characters, the ideas and the language through active games and exercises. This workshop is a great way to begin a classroom unit on the play or to prepare students of any age to attend a performance.

An In-Depth Look at a Particular Scene (or Two)
Through an interactive process, the teaching artist will explore a scene in action, with student volunteers as actors. By portraying the characters, the students will examine the intellectual, emotional, practical and imaginative life of the scene. The teaching artist will include as many students as possible, sharing roles and engaging students in creating the world around the scene. However, there will be times when many of the students will be sitting and watching others work. This workshop is best suited to secondary or older intermediate students who are familiar with the play.

An In-Depth Look at a Particular Speech (or Two)
Treating the entire class as the speaker, the teaching artist will lead students in a detailed exploration of a soliloquy or other key speech in a play. The teaching artist will take considerable time helping students discover nuances of meaning in the text then lead students in an active exploration of the images and actions inherent in the language. This workshop is designed to engage all of the students at once, first in discussion then in active play. This workshop works well at any point in the classroom study of the play.

Creating a Character in Shakespeare
This workshop will use acting techniques to explore and create a character in the uniquely language-based medium of a Shakespeare play. This workshop is best suited to drama or theatre students.