The Nashville Shakespeare Festival seeks to bring Shakespeare's works alive for all learners through the art of performance. We believe that by exploring Shakespeare through the voice and body, students of all types can discover the Bard's power and relevance in their own lives. The Festival offers the community two professional productions every year, including Shakespeare in the Park each summer and Winter Shakespeare each January. Educational tools offered by the Festival include student matinee productions, workshops, directing residencies, educator guidebooks, and apprentice company training. Please click the links below and to the right to discover more information.
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Exploring Shakespeare in the Classroom
- Shakespeare in Action Workshops are offered year-round to educators interested in bringing the Nashville Shakespeare Festival into the classroom. These include all grade levels through college.
- Business Workshops offer professional development and creative enrichment to professionals seeking to engage with Shakespeare's plays in individual and group exercises. These are both fun and enlightening, providing opportunities for creative problem-solving, teamwork, and self-discovery.
- Custom-designed Workshops can also be created to suit the needs of any school or business seeking to use Shakespeare as a learning tool.
To schedule workshops, please contact our Education Director at email@example.com
Guidebooks offer teachers insight into Shakespeare's life and times, his critical works, artistic concepts and designs used in our productions, and classroom activity ideas.
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"The visits were a resounding success. The girls enjoyed it so much. Every single classroom teacher had nothing but praise for your work. We're looking for ways to let you work with all of our classes next year as they study Shakespeare." -Scottie Girgus, English Department Chair
"Our recent visit from the Nashville Shakespeare Festival was a highlight of the semester. Studying Shakespeare can often present a challenge to students, and my students truly appreciated how the actors helped bring the play to life and make it more accessible. Especially effective was the workshop format in which the actors and director presented the scenes as works-in-progress. Students loved the opportunity to offer their feedback on how a scene should be performed, and then to see those changes put into action. All my students agreed it was a wonderful experience!!" -Brooke Finan, English Teacher
"You have been moral support, providing me with contacts for materials and persons who could help with our shows. I cannot thank you enough. The students may not realize now, but a mark has been placed on them. They will forever react to and embrace Shakespeare and theatre in a way they would not have had they not been exposed to the Nashville Shakespeare Festival." -Diane Parness, English/Speech/Theatre Teacher