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 play. We create a learning “laboratory” where teachers can roll up their sleeves, take in new ideas and try out some drama-based, Common Core-aligned teaching strategies. 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! Whether you’re teaching a particular play this year, thinking about it for the future, or simply wanting to learn more about approaching Shakespeare in the classroom, our workshops will immerse you in Shakespeare scholarship, interpretation and pedagogy. And we can practically guarantee that the strategies you learn are applicable to any Shakespeare you may be teaching—and, for that matter, to other challenging texts!

Page to Stage: Teaching Romeo and Juliet     
Saturday, February 4, 2017
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

This day-long teacher workshop utilizes scholarship, pedagogy and interpretation as paths into Shakespeare—AND includes a rare glimpse into the rehearsal process! As part of the morning session, teachers are invited to observe a rehearsal of Short Shakespeare! Romeo and Juliet, as the director and cast work together bringing a Shakespeare play to life. A lively discussion with the director and actors follows. (Lunch hour options: On your own at Navy Pier’s food court—or bring a brown bag and stay at CST for peer-sharing!)

Shakespeare and his Theater: Shakespeare in Love
Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

In this half-day workshop, we’ll explore Shakespeare’s theater—and theater-making—through the lens of the romantic historical comedy, Shakespeare in Love. With the guidance of artists, teaching experts and a scholar, we’ll use this fictional drama to explore how Shakespeare and his peers wrote and produced plays, and the way in which Shakespeare in Love blends fact with fiction—just as Shakespeare did in his plays!



Teachers who will be bringing their students to King Charles III and Love’s Labor’s Lost are invited to a free Teacher Preview Night.

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 playgoing experience. One ticket and box dinner, free of charge, offered to participating Team Shakespeare teachers. Additional tickets may be purchased for guests.         

King Charles III Teacher Preview Night
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Box dinner and discussion 6:00–7:15 p.m.
Performance 7:30 p.m.

Love’s Labor’s Lost Teacher Preview Night
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Box dinner and discussion 6:00–7:15 p.m.
Performance 7:30 p.m.

To register for a Teacher Preview Night, please contact Molly Truglia at or 312.667.4957.




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