Last year The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre provided transformational programming for over 6,000 high school students. In the last twenty years over 100,000 students have been served through our Artist in Residence, matinees and touring performances.
We know that 90% showed significant improvement on knowledge of the play after experiencing the programs, and teachers reported the literate environment of the classroom improved. Teachers also reported students previously not engaged became considerably engaged after experiencing one of our programs. We adhere to PA and National Standards which are measured through the regular testing of the schools showing how specific standards for studying complex texts is improved.
Students and teachers enjoyment levels rise significantly when they are engaged with a teaching artist or experiencing a performance.
We also distribute original Study Guides that adhere to the Common Core Curriculum, along with a unique plot chart for the classroom.
Here’s what teachers and students are saying about us!
“Many of my students reported at the end of the year that the residency was one of the best activities of the entire course. They actively learned, participated, enjoyed, and recalled Othello more than any other text we worked with. I attribute this to the talent and commitment of the dynamic Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre teaching artists who visited the school. I fully support the program and hope to continue my school’s relationship with The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre for many years to come.”
“I liked how the iambic pentameter flowed because it made the lines sound like they were coming from the heart.”
“It was the most fun I had this year, or maybe ever at my four years here at (Archbishop) Ryan. Thank you so much for everything, it really made me want to come to first period in the morning!”
“When my English teacher told me that our class was going to see a Shakespeare play, I feared the worst. As soon as the show started, I knew I was wrong. It was phenomenal.”
What the press has said.
“Khan’s casting and direction of Forrest McClendon as Othello and J Hernandez as Iago are impeccable; their tour-de-force characterizations will haunt you well after the final harrowing scene.” – Debra Miller, Stage Magazine
“Riveting, beautiful piece of stage magic…dizzying odyssey…sweetest scenes you’ll see here this season…you’ll want to burst” – Howie Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer
“…sumptuous evening of rip roaring entertainment. A shining example that in the theatre talent and taste are what ultimately count” – David Anthony Fox, City Paper