Teacher Workshops

"I don’t think I’ve ever had a more productive Saturday!"
–Teacher, Al Raby High School (CPS), Chicago

We start with a Shakespeare play. We create a “learning laboratory” where teachers can roll up their sleeves, take in new ideas and try out some drama-based teaching strategies (aligned with ELA Common Core State Standards). We add a Shakespeare scholar to the mix, giving us historical and contemporary perspectives. Then we invite a leading Shakespeare artist to join us and explore the art of interpretation, from page to stage. All classroom teachers are invited to our free teacher workshops. And we can practically guarantee that the strategies you learn are applicable to any Shakespeare you may be teaching—and, for that matter, to many other challenging texts! Register for our upcoming workshop on Saturday, May 3, online or by phone at 312.595.5676.

Teacher Workshops

Upcoming Teacher Workshop:
What Makes a Hero? Teaching Shakespeare

Saturday, May 3, 2014 • 8:30 am–1:00 pm 
In this half-day workshop, we use Shakespeare’s Henry V as our “muse of fire” and, as at all of our teacher workshops, focus on scholarship, pedagogy and interpretation. And we’ll also explore text work—the way that actors break open the clues that Shakespeare’s script gives us—as an entry point for comprehension and engagement with the text.  



Previous 2013-14 Workshop:

Page to Stage: Teaching Shakespeare
Saturday, February 8, 2014 • 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Our day-long teacher workshop is inspired this year by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and offers teachers a rare, first-hand glimpse into the rehearsal process! As part of the morning session, teachers are invited to observe a rehearsal, as the director and cast work together on bringing a Shakespeare play to life. A lively discussion with the director and actors follows. Scholarship, pedagogy and the art of interpretation are, as always, the day’s focus. (The full-day workshop includes the lunch hour on your own at Navy Pier.)  



Exclusive for teachers who are bringing their students to a performance of Cyrano de Bergerac or The Merry Wives of Windsor!  You are invited to our free Teacher Preview Nights. Over a working dinner, teachers meet with the production’s director for an “insider’s look” at the background and interpretive choices in our production. Following dinner, teachers are invited to a preview performance in our Courtyard Theater. Throughout the evening, you’ll gain insight into our production to help prepare your students for their own play-going experience. One theater ticket and box dinner, free of charge, offered to participating Team Shakespeare teachers. An additional ticket may be purchased for a guest.


Cyrano de Bergerac
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Box dinner and discussion 6:00–7:15 pm
Performance 7:30 pm


The Merry Wives of Windsor
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Box dinner and discussion 6:00–7:15 pm
Performance 7:30 pm





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