Reignite your passion for teaching Shakespeare.
Join us for a weekend at the Blackfriars Playhouse where you will rediscover the joy and accessibility of teaching Shakespeare. Led by our Shakespeare and Performance experts (including Co-Founder and Director of Mission Dr. Ralph Cohen, Director of Education Sarah Enloe, and our team of Education Artists), these hands-on seminars will reignite your passion for Shakespeare’s words, characters, and themes. Our practical approach will send you back to the classroom equipped to make Shakespeare’s 16th-century lessons engaging for your 21st-century students.
These play-specific seminars focus on making the language and theatrical elements of Shakespeare relevant and exciting in the classroom. You’ll leave with a toolbox of techniques to remove your students’ “ShakesFear” and replace it with enthusiasm to explore these timeless works.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Teaching Shakespeare’s Fairy Tales
Spice up your curriculum with new titles and learn how to teach them in conversation with more popular works! Join us as we examine the epic fairy-tale levels of one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays (Midsummer, a literal fairy story) and the lesser known Cymbeline, whose central character Imogen gives any Disney princess a run for her money. CEUs: 6+
Friday, September 6
1:00-1:15 PM | Registration
1:15-1:30 PM | Meet & Greet
1:30-2:45 PM | Powerful Beings in Shakespeare’s Fairy Tales
3:00-4:45 PM | Unconventional Lovers in Shakespeare’s Fairy Tales
5:00 PM | Dr. Ralph Presents: Imogen & The Grapes of Wrath feat. directors Vanessa Morosco and José Zayas
7:30 PM | Imogen
Saturday, September 7
9:00-9:30 AM | Critic’s Circle
9:30-10:45 AM | Villainy and Vice in Shakespeare’s Fairy Tales
11:00-12:15 PM | Dr. Ralph Lecture
2:00 PM | The Grapes of Wrath (optional)
4:30-6:30 PM | Practical Strategies
7:30 PM | A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Teaching the Next Shakespeare
Shakespeare is one of the most widely-read authors in the English language and people around the world perform his plays and analyze his texts. But Shakespeare has a lot to teach us about writing too. Join us as we dive into Shakespeare to look at his structure, arguments, and rhetoric to discover how to teach the next Shakespeare. CEUs: 6+