Teacher Workshops

“These sessions really gave me the confidence to build community and teach complex texts virtually.”

–Teacher, Lazaro Cardenas Elementary School, Chicago, IL

“I want to thank you and the CST for all that you have done for us teachers during remote learning. Your resources proved invaluable.”

–Teacher, Peoria Academy, Peoria, IL

“CST offers THE BEST workshops for teachers. Everything we are given applies directly to classroom instruction, and the play handbooks offer so many incredible additional activities. Thank you, as always, for loving teachers!”

–Teacher, Bishop Noll Institute, Hammond, IN


This year, we’ll take advantage of the virtual classroom again to provide free, safe access to our workshops for all teachers, regardless of location!

Our teacher workshops are learning “laboratories,” where teachers can roll up their sleeves, take in new ideas, and try out drama-based, standards-aligned strategies. We may add a scholar to the mix to contribute both historical and contemporary perspectives. Sometimes, too, we’ll invite a director to join us to explore the art of interpretation. Whether our focus is the play on our stage, a big idea, or a particular pedagogical approach, our method involves on-your-feet, practical strategies in lieu of lectures and slide shows!

All classroom teachers—including teachers-in-training—are invited to our free teacher workshops. Maybe you’re revving up for an upcoming Shakespeare unit. Perhaps you’re seeking ways to make challenging texts accessible to a wide range of readers in your classes. Our teacher workshops will immerse you in classroom-ready activities, guaranteed to engage. Workshops are free, fun—and require just a small bit of fearlessness!

Previously this year

Reading and Resisting

Teaching Shakespeare in an Antiracist Classroom

3 Wednesdays: March 2, 9, & 16, 2022
7:00–8:15 p.m. (Central Time)
Virtual Workshop on Zoom
3.75 PDH/CPDU CREDITS (Illinois)

Today’s students—and their teachers—have the power to write the next chapter of Shakespeare’s story. In this three-part workshop, join us in learning creative approaches to Shakespeare’s plays that foster active readers and thoughtful resisters of injustice in our world. With the guidance of adolescent literacy expert Carol Jago and scholar of Shakespeare and race Vanessa Corredera, we’ll explore the philosophical foundations and practical classroom tools that can help you teach Shakespeare in active, culturally responsive ways.

Spine-chilling Shakespeare

Saturday, October 30, 2021
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time)
Virtual Workshop on Zoom

Ever met a student who’s scared of Shakespeare? Do they tremble at his archaic language and shy away from participating in class? In this hands-on workshop, we’ll try out fun, standard-aligned ways to make Shakespeare spine-chilling, and decidedly NOT scary! With guest appearances by Shakespeare’s witches, fairies, and ghosts from CST's past productions, this teacher workshop will provide a bucket full of tricks and treats you can use when approaching complex texts–at any time of the year.



The Jentes Family

Major Team Shakespeare Supporters

AllstateHelen Brach FoundationComEd an Exelon CompanyCrown Family PhilanthropiesLloyd A. Fry FoundationKimberlee HeroldIllinois Tool WorksKPMGMazza FoundationOld National BankPolk Bros FoundationNeal and Jennifer Reenan


Butler Family Foundation, Fifth Third Chicagoland Foundation, The Malott Family Student Access Fund, Pritzker Foundation Team Shakespeare Fund, Ropes & Gray LLP, Dr. Scholl Foundation, The Segal Family Foundation Student Matinee Fund



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