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. Educational tools offered by the Festival include student matinee productions, classes & workshops, directing residencies, educator guidebooks, and apprentice company training. Click the links below to explore how you can make your world a stage all year long!
The School at Nashville Shakes
Explore the seasonal classes & workshops offered by NSF Teaching Artists. Subjects include Shakespeare in Performance, Voice & Text, Stage Combat, Audition Technique, Shakespeare on Film, and many more.
Student Matinee Performances
We offer student matinee performances of our Winter Shakespeare productions for high school students from all over Middle Tennessee. We perform in Nashville and Murfreesboro during the month of January and can accommodate all private, public, and homeschool groups.
Apprentice Company (ApCo)
Every year, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival selects 14-16 talented theatre artists ages 13 years and older to perform in its Shakespeare in the Park production and to take part in an intensive three-week training program. These students are known as the "Apprentice Company" and are selected based upon auditions in the spring.
NSF offers five types of in-class workshops to classes of all ages, elementary through college. Per the teacher's request, many of these workshops relate directly to the Shakespeare play they are currently studying in-class, geared specifically toward exploring an over-arching idea through acting exercises led by a professional teaching artist. Educators may request any of the plays in Shakespeare's illustrious canon.
NSF offers guidebooks for each of our productions as a resource for students and teachers. They include character bios and analysis, creative designs, plot synopsis, lesson plans, production insight, and more.
Directors in Residence
The Nashville Shakespeare Festival partners with Nashville area high schools to provide professional directors for school productions of Shakespeare’s plays. This gives students and faculty the invaluable opportunity to work directly with a practicing theatre artist on all aspects of a full production.
Business Workshops and Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
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.
Resource Books and Links
Some of our favorite resources for teaching, reading, studying and enjoying Shakespeare.
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