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Classroom Residencies

Get your students excited about learning Shakespeare with our popular Artist-in-Residence program. We’ll help you make Shakespeare’s work come alive in your classroom and introduce key theatrical concepts to your students. One of our highly trained Teaching Artists (professional actors and directors) will transform your classroom into a great Shakespearean stage, engaging your students with in-depth activities and our specially designed curriculum to explore and enhance their understanding of Shakespeare and his plays.

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:

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

Looking for a medley of options? Ask about our “Introduction to Shakespeare” residency curriculum!

Pricing for Residencies:

Weeklong residencies are booked per class. Special workshops can also be requested with customized curriculum options. For pricing, please contact our Education Director, Rebekah Wilcox, at 215-496-9722 or email at Special discounts are available for Philadelphia public schools.

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
  • Haddonfield Memorial High School
  • Lower Cape May Regional High School
  • Northeast High School

Click here to view our curriculum’s Pennsylvania State and National Common Core Standards Alignment.

Residencies are available throughout the school year. To request a residency, please click here to fill out our online form. For more information or questions, please contact our Education Director, Rebekah Wilcox, at 215-496-9722 or email at

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