2016-2017 Classroom Residencies

One of our highly trained teaching artists (professional actors and directors) will transform your classroom into a Shakespearean stage. Utilizing our specially designed curriculum, our teaching artists will engage your students in in-depth activities, exploring and enhancing their understanding of the play.

Over the course of a week, students will perfect their scenes using intensive theatre training sessions such as: character development, period movement, fight combat, and performance preparation. Our performance-based curriculum has been expertly created to inspire and involve the whole class in crucial aspects of Shakespearean performance, based on theatre arts elements, and aligned with Pennsylvania State and National Common Core Standards for reading, performance, and literary interpretation. Each residency is supplemented with optional projects, investigations, and assignments that integrate with and extend The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s curriculum.

Residencies are available for the following plays:

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Taming of the Shrew
Julius Caesar
Romeo & Juliet
Much Ado About Nothing
Twelfth Night

Pricing for Residencies:

1 Class – $600 per week-long residency
2-5 Classes – $550 per week-long residency
6-10 Classes – $525 per week-long residency
11+ Classes – $500 per week-long residency

Some of the schools that have taken advantage of the residency program include:

Archbishop Ryan High School
Elkins Park Middle School
Nueva Esperanza Academy Charter High School
Farrell Elementary School
Franklin Learning Center
Germantown High School
Greenfield Elementary School
Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School
Lower Cape May Regional High School
Northeast High School

Residencies are available throughout the school year. To request a residency, fill out our online form here.

For more information or to register for any of The Open Door Project programs, please contact our Education Director, Rebekah Wilcox, at 215-496-9722 ext. 101 or email at rebekah@phillyshakespeare.org.


Educational PDFS

Bring the world’s greatest play and one of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies right into your school! Back by popular demand, Hamlet returns this spring as part of our All the World’s A Stage School Tour program. This 90-minute adaptation of the classic play, directed by our Artistic/Executive Director, Carmen Khan, is followed by a post-performance discussion with the actors, and includes a comprehensive study guide designed by our Artistic Director and Education Director. Reserve your student tour today!

The production is designed to be performed in school common spaces like gyms, cafeterias, and auditoriums. Cast and crew need 45 minutes before and 30 minutes after the performance in the space, and a secured room where cast and crew may leave belongings and valuables.

Performances are available in either the morning or afternoon. Performances must start promptly.

The tour runs Monday through Friday, April 17 – May 5, 2017. Performances are available in either the morning or afternoon (9:15am and 1:15pm).


1 Tour – $1500
Each Additional Tour – $1200
Audience: 150 max per performance — That’s only $8 – $10 per student for a professional production of Hamlet!

Dates are filling fast! To book your school, click here or contact our Education Director, Rebekah Wilcox, at 215-496-9722 ext 101 or email at rebekah@phillyshakespeare.org.

*NEW* Coming in the fall:

Teaching with Technology – Using Social Media in the Classroom
Join us to get concrete lessons for incorporating social media to actively engage students in their own learning. The session will include examples from a Shakespeare curriculum jointly-developed by our Education Director and a seasoned English teacher that is also applicable to other curriculum areas.

Stay tuned for upcoming lectures and workshops coming in the 2016-17 school year!

Our Educational Programs are made possible, in part, by support from:



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