Business Workshops
for Professional Development

Business workshops offer 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.  The Festival's staff will work with you create a Shakespeare-driven workshop that addresses your specific goals. Continuing Legal Education credits available.


Popular Topics for Business Workshops

  • Confrontation
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Ethics
  • Weathering a Storm


Choose a topic that you would like your business to explore and we will find the right Shakespeare play to create a platform for discussion and understanding.

Current CLE Workshops

Much Ado About Ethics

The works of William Shakespeare are full of ethical dilemmas still debated in the legal profession. This 3-credit seminar uses professional actors as a platform to raise ethical issues that are then discussed and debated by attorneys.

Topics Discussed:

  • Reverse Contingency Fees
  • Discovery Abuse
  • Candor to Tribunal
  • Competence
  • Lawyer as Witness
  • Surreptitious Discovery

Who Really Wrote Shakespeare? A CLE in Three Acts

The Earl of Oxford sues to stop the Nashville Shakespeare Festival from performing Shakespeare's plays, claiming he is the true author. He takes his case all the way from trial to the Supreme Court!

Topics discussed:

  • Voir Dire (with the audience as jurors)
  • Expert, Hostile and Surprise Witnesses
  • New Rule of Evidence 611
  • Preserving Issues for Appeal
  • Interlocutory and Extraordinary Appeals
  • Taking the Fifth in Civil Case

If you are interested in our Professional Workshops, contact our Education Administrator at

discounts available for multiple workshops to fellow members of