Playshops in PerformanceSuggested for grades 3-12
We call them ‘Playshops’ because they feel much more like play than work! Students will gain new insights into Shakespeare’s relevance while experiencing the power of his language when they get out of their seats and on their feet, exploring Shakespeare’s text with trained teaching artists who also make up our professional acting company. Our Playshop in Performance is the #1 most requested program we offer--often in combination with student matinee attendance--and is the best way to introduce the ‘play’ behind the play.Learn more about Playshops in Performance
ASC’s teaching artists visit your school and divide as many as 50 students into teams. Students work closely with an artist in small groups to unleash an exciting and immediate experience of Shakespeare’s language, which they quickly make their own through the acting process. Student’s ideas and interpretations are incorporated and woven into a final scene sharing to create a class ‘production’ of the play. In our Playshops, each student can succeed. Students at all levels of reading comprehension and language skills can fully participate. Any Shakespeare play is available as a Playshop, in addition to a new Playshop based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol! A Playshop is a 55-minute event in which the students will be active and on their feet for the entire time. Cost ranges from $225 to $350 for one workshop based on group size; additional workshops $200-$275 each. Discounts available for multiple workshops scheduled at the same time.
To book this workshop please contact Tony Brown at or call 404-874-5299 ext. 55
Shakespeare Says!Suggested for grades 1-5
This exciting and highly interactive event introduces the language and style of Shakespeare’s plays to your elementary school students using A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the art of storytelling. The workshop encourages creative play, cooperation and successful participation for all kids.
Learn more about Shakespeare Says!
Through a gateway of fun theater warm-ups, games, movement and interactive storytelling, your students will encounter the wonderful language and outrageous situations of one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies. This Playshop encourages creative play, cooperation and successful participation for all kids. Using multiple innovative approaches, we strive to enable every child, no matter his/her learning style, to enjoy success in helping create the story. Teaching artists from our professional company explore with students the many imaginative possibilities within Shakespeare’s language and encourages spontaneous discovery as part of the storytelling process.
Cost is $200 for one class period workshop, additional workshops $175 each. To book this workshop please contact Tony Brown at or call 404-874-5299 ext. 55
Playing Shakespeare FunnySuggested for grades 10-12
Designed for older students who have had some exposure to dramatic literature or acting, this Playshop explores one of Shakespeare’s popular comedies (Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Taming of the Shrew) for all types of funny. We’ll discuss rhetoric and comedy ‘rules’ that can be followed or broken to great comedic (and dramatic) effect.Learn more about Playing Shakespeare Funny
Your students will learn to investigate Shakespeare’s language for comedic and dramatic acting clues and techniques for winning an argument, while creating their own ‘funny’ as they go!
- Why Shakespeare appreciated the creative art of the outrageous insult.
- Contrapuntal argument—what happens when we use the energy of a silly argument about absolutely nothing to energize Shakespeare’s language?
- What is rhetoric? Figures of Speech? How does Shakespeare use it in his comedies?
Comedy is not just following rules but breaking them.
Maximum of 25 students per ‘Playing Shakespeare Funny’ Playshop. Please ask for your specific title--if we don’t currently have it, we can create if for you ($25.00 charge for creation.) Cost is $200 for one class period workshop, additional workshops $125 each.
To book this workshop please contact Tony Brown at or call 404-874-5299 ext. 55
Design Your Own Shakespeare Classroom!
Nothing helps students forge personal connections to Shakespeare’s poetry quite so well as the chance to explore his words on stage. If you would like to provide your students a deeper experience with Shakespearean drama than a 1-hour Playshop might afford, we can help. Our customizable Shakespeare Performance Residency program can meet your classroom needs and budget.Learn more about designing your Shakespeare classroom
Our Shakespeare Performance Residencies come in all shapes and sizes, but every Residency allows your students to explore Shakespeare’s text and the dramatic arts through individualized instruction from actors/trained teaching artists. Most teachers and schools request that a Residency culminate in a final performance, but the program goals are entirely up to you!Our teaching artists work with you to design Residencies. Some recent examples include:
- 1 class period per week for 10 weeks, with mini-scene and monologue performance for the school.
- An intensive 2-week Shakespeare elective academic course during special ‘winter term’ semester.
- A focused Shakespeare curriculum with in-class time 2 or 3 days per week throughout the semester and a final performance for family and students.
- The ‘Renaissance Youth Residency’: an intensive 8-week Residency model with up to 50 students meeting each day after school to rehearse and receive training in Shakespearean text, stage combat, madrigal singing and more. This model finishes with students performing a costumed Shakespeare play both in school and on our professional stage. Click here for more information about our Renaissance Youth Residency.
For more information or to schedule a residency, please contact Director of Education and Training Laura Cole at .
What if I don’t teach Shakespeare in my class, but I’d like to incorporate the arts and get my students on their feet?
Our work isn’t just for classes studying Shakespeare or theater arts! The same top-notch teaching artists from our professional acting ensemble also offer Playshops appropriate for classes teaching poetry curriculums, creative writing, history, classical civilization and more.Playshops for Non-Shakespeare Curriculums
Suggested for Grades 3-12
- Exploring Imagery and Figurative Language with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Grades 3-8)
- Exploring Imagery and Figurative Language with Romeo and Juliet (Grades 9-12)
- Julius Caesar: Political Intrigue in Ancient Rome.
- Exploring Fate and the Structure of Tragedy in Macbeth.
And those are just a few examples! For more information about these Playshops, contact Tony Brown at call 404-874-5299 ext. 55.
Play On! Theater Games to Build a Classroom
Suggested for Grades 1-12
ASC is thrilled to offer this new interactive workshop specifically tailored to your students. Play On! incorporates dramatic arts within the curriculum, harnessing the power and excitement of live theatre and the idea of ‘play’ to teach your students valuable classroom skills. Written through collaborating expertise of teaching artists and classroom teachers, this workshop offers games and exercises appropriate for any age group.Learn more about our new Play On! Playshop
Learn along with your class as our trained teaching artists hone your students’ classroom skills and give you the vocabulary and activities to continue this learning once we’re finished! We can help you and your students add multiple intelligences learning to any subject, and specifically target the following behavioral skills to meet your classroom’s needs:
- Setting goals, and using tactics to overcome obstacles and achieve them.
- Listening Before Reacting
- Team Building and Ensemble Work
- Trusting Your Instincts
- Observation & Focus
- Engaging the Imagination
- Taking Cues and Classroom Status
Prices vary depending on the number of students you wish to accommodate (think roughly $7/ student). For more information, contact our Education Associates at 404-874-5299 ext. 57 or
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