ASC Study Guides provide you with a comprehensive approach to exploring the plays in your classroom. From the basics of getting your students out of their seats and thinking like early modern actors, to exploring historical context, staging challenges, and the intricacies of Shakespeare’s wordplay, to the challenge of assessment, ASC Study Guides give you a start-to-finish model for Shakespeare education.
Each semester, the American Shakespeare Center devotes a seminar to the classroom applications of plays from our repertoire. Professor Ralph Alan Cohen, the education staff, and our troupe of professional actors provide teachers with a host of materials and techniques for bringing Shakespeare to life for their students.
Specially scheduled morning performances provide teachers and students the opportunity to experience the thrill of the Renaissance stage. All school matinees include a post-show discussion with actors from the show at no additional charge. For further information about bringing your students to see a show at the Blackfriars Playhouse, please contact our Group Sales Manager at 540-885-5588, ext. 24.
ASC creates a variety of workshops for all age groups. In addition to our pre-made workshops, such as our popular "Curing ShakesFear" series, we will tailor-make workshops to fit the specific needs of your school, corporate environment, or community group. While we provide brief descriptions of some of the most commonly requested workshops, please let us know how we can best accommodate your unique needs.
These tailor-made packages are designed specifically for your college group, and combine workshops taught by ASC actors, staff, and guest lecturers with the experience of our current season at the Blackfriars Playhouse to immerse students in the theory and practice of Shakespeare's original staging conditions. For more information, please call our Little Academe Coordinator at 540-885-5588 x24, and we will contact you to discuss your needs
ASC creates free play-specific podcasts for each of our productions. Each podcast is an engaging discussion with Founding Executive Director, Dr, Ralph Alan Cohen and members of the cast. The discussions average around 40 minutes and are an excellent resource for a behind-the-scenes look at what happens to create each production that appears on the ASC stage. Click here for direct access to ASC's Podcast/Blog Website.
After years of hearing from teachers and other adult Shakespeare lovers that they would like a YCTC like experience, the ASC Education Department is giving our public what they want. In a week long Shakespeare Summer Camp, adults will stay in dorms at Mary Baldwin College, work with master teachers and lecturers in the Blackfriars Playhouse and put together their own culminating project.
The camp is well-suited to both teachers (and can receive credit for inservice hours) and parents of YCTC campers, enthusiastic audience members, or former UVA Summer on the Lawn participants. Participants will hear lectures, see plays, participate in workshops and master classes, and, finally, play on the stage of the Blackfriars Playhouse.
The American Shakespeare Center appreciates your concerns about the appropriateness of each of our performances for your school or family. The scripts for all of our early modern plays are in the public domain and available on many websites for free review. Our company policy includes a mandate that no more than 20 words may be altered in any script, therefore, what you find in the text is what you will see onstage. We encourage our visitors to review the text and to attend our "Pay What You Will" performances at the beginning of each season if they have any concerns about bringing their children. Please remember, the ASC welcomes children over the age of seven for performances of Shakespeare and his contemporaries work.
Each year, the American Shakespeare Center gives the Words in Action Award to deserving teachers to honor their commitment in bringing Shakespeare to life for their students. In 2013, we honored four outstanding nominees: Anne Cramer, Rebecca Wright, Sue Ellen Tursack, and Megg Jaster. Read more about them, including samples from their nominating students, on our Words in Action page.
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