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playshops

We are delighted to offer dynamic, in-school workshops, which we call Playshops, that fit within a single class period and encourage students of all ages to get up on their feet and explore Shakespeare with our trained Teaching Artists.  

 

Playshops in Performance

Suggested for grades 3-12

Students will gain new insights into Shakespeare’s relevance while experiencing the power of his language when they get out of their seats and on their feet, exploring Shakespeare’s text with trained Teaching Artists who also make up our professional acting company. Our Playshop in Performance, which is often combined with student matinee attendance or a touring production, is the number one most requested program we offer and is the best way to introduce the “play” behind the play.

During a Playshop, ASC’s Teaching Artists visit your school and divide as many as fifty students into teams. Students work closely with a Teaching Artist in small groups to unleash an exciting and immediate experience of Shakespeare’s language, which they quickly make their own through the acting process. Student ideas and interpretations are incorporated and woven into a final scene sharing to create a class production of the play.

In our Playshops, each student can succeed. Students at all levels of reading comprehension and language skills can fully participate. Though the format remains the same regardless of age group, our teaching artists are adept at modifying their language, approach and activities for the grade level that they are interacting with, ensuring that your students have the tools that they need to be engaged and successful in the work.

Playshop titles include (but are not limited to) Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. If we do not have a Playshop on the Shakespearean title that you are teaching, we can create one for you for a small administrative fee.

The cost for any of our Playshops is $7 per student with a small additional fee assessed if we have to travel more than a fifty mile radius from our location on Peachtree Street.

To book your Playshop, please complete this survey. Please email Associate Director of Education Sales Kati Grace Brown at katigrace@shakespearetavern.com if you have any questions.

Literacy Through Drama WORKshops

Suggested for Grades 6-12
Designed for classrooms studying American Classics, non-Shakespeare British Literature or any type of dramatic literature, this interactive workshop allows students to explore the selected play through multiple points of views, as audience members, actors, and playwrights.

Our professional actors and Teaching Artists will perform a brief selection of scenes from the show, direct selected students in performing a scripted scene from the play, instruct the students on an assortment of literary devices and prompt and empower the students to write and perform their own short scripts- all within one class period!

The 2019-20 offerings of play titles and literary genres for this workshop are as follows:

  • The Crucible

  • Folk Tales & Fables

  • Greek Mythology

  • Adaptation (pairs with our touring performance Journey’s End)

Cost is $7 per student with a small additional fee assessed if we have to travel more than a 50 mile radius from our home on Peachtree Street.

To book your workshop, please complete this survey. Please email Associate Director of Education Sales Kati Grace Brown at katigrace@shakespearetavern.com if you have any questions.

Shakespeare Says!

Suggested for grades K-2

This exciting and highly interactive event introduces the language and style of Shakespeare’s plays to your elementary school students using dance, stage combat, and the art of storytelling. The workshop encourages creative play, cooperation, and successful participation for all kids.

Through a gateway of fun theater warm-ups, games, movement and interactive storytelling, your students will encounter the wonderful language and outrageous situations of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. This Playshop encourages creative play, cooperation and successful participation for all kids. Using multiple innovative approaches, we strive to enable every child, no matter his or her learning style, to enjoy success in helping create the story. Teaching Artists from our professional company explore with students the many imaginative possibilities within Shakespeare’s language and encourage spontaneous discovery as part of the storytelling process.

Choose from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing or The Merry Wives of Windsor for your Shakespeare Says! experience.

Prefer a different Shakespeare title than our current offerings? Just let us know (with at least one month's notice please!) and we can create a Shakespeare Says! script for any of Shakespeare's plays just for you for a small adminstrative fee.

The cost for Shakespeare Says! is $7/ student with a small additional fee assessed if we have to travel more than a 50 mile radius from our home on Peachtree Street.

To book your Playshop, please complete this survey. Please email Kati Grace Brown at KatiGrace@shakespearetavern.com if you have any questions.

Playing Shakespeare Funny

Suggested for grades 9-12
Designed for older students who have had some exposure to dramatic literature or acting, this Playshop explores some of Shakespeare’s popular comedies (Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It or The Taming of the Shrew) for all types of funny. We’ll discuss rhetoric and comedy “rules” that can be followed or broken to great comedic (and dramatic) effect.

Your students will learn to investigate Shakespeare’s language for comedic and dramatic acting clues and techniques for winning an argument, while creating their own “funny” as they go!

  • Why Shakespeare appreciated the creative art of the outrageous insult.

  • Contrapuntal argument—what happens when we use the energy of a silly argument to energize Shakespeare’s language?

  • What is rhetoric? Figures of Speech? How does Shakespeare use it in his comedies?

Comedy is not just following rules but breaking them!

Cost is $7 per student with a small additional fee assessed if we have to travel more than a 50 mile radius from our home on Peachtree Street.

To book your Playshop, please complete this survey. Please email Associate Director of Education Sales Kati Grace Brown at katigrace@shakespearetavern.com if you have any questions.