Playshops in Performance
Suggested 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. The cost for any of our playshops is $7/ student with a small additional fee assessed if we have to travel more than a 50 mile radius from our location on Peachtree Street.
Playshop titles include (but are not limited to!) Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night and The Tempest.
If we do not have a playhop on the Shakespearean title that you are teaching, we can create one for you for a small administrative fee.
To book a Playshop in Performance, please contact
Kati Grace Brown for Grades 6-8 at
Andrew Houchins for Grades 9-12 at
Suggested for grades K-2
This exciting and highly interactive event introduces the language and style of Shakespeare’s plays to your elementary school students using dance, stage combat 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 using some 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.
Choose from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, A Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing or The Merry Wives of Windsor for your Shakespeare Says! experience.
Prefer a different Shakespeare title than our current offerings? Just let us know (with at least one month's notice please!) and we can create a Shakespeare Says! script for any of Shakespeare's plays just for you for an additional $25 fee.
The cost for Shakespeare Says! is $7/ student with a small additional fee assessed if we have to travel more than a 50 mile radius from our home on Peachtree Street. To book Shakespeare Says! please contact Adam King at .
Playing Shakespeare Funny
Suggested for grades 9-12
Designed for older students who have had some exposure to dramatic literature or acting, this Playshop explores some of Shakespeare’s popular comedies (Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It 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 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!
Cost is $7/ student with a small additional fee assessed if we have to travel more than a 50 mile radius from our home on Peachtree Street.
To book this workshop please contact Andrew Houchins at or call 404-874-5299 ext. 57.
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 Educational Programs Producer, Kati Grace Brown at
What are some previous examples of your in-school residencies? Click on each title to read a description! Don’t see a title that you & your students are interested in exploring? Never fear! Our professional teaching artists can create a “Design Your Own Shakespeare Classroom” program on any of Shakespeare’s works just for you!Show examples of in-school residencies
- Twelve Little Plantagenets
Middle/ High School
An exciting, Agatha Christie-style take on Richard III will have you asking "Whodunit?!" Watch out for those poisoned strawberries! Shakespeare's text is re-imagined in a comedic take on this classic historical tragedy.
The Students will study Shakespearean text, movement, and introductory stage combat through games-based learning. The residency will culminate in a final mini-performance of Richard III directed by our professional actors & teaching artists. The final performance will feature representative costume pieces designed by the students.
- CSI: Romeo and Juliet
Middle/ High School
Crime: Paris, Romeo & Juliet have been found dead in the Capulets’ tomb.
Detective: Prince Escalus
Witnesses: Balthasar, Paris’s Page, Friar
Suspects: Balthasar, Paris’s Page, Friar, Lord & Lady Capulet, Lord Montague, Nurse
The Script: Arranged as a flashback, we begin this version of Romeo and Juliet with the discovery of the star-crossed lovers in the tomb. As the Friar performs his “confession” speech, the cast enacts many of the most iconic scenes from the original text.
The Students will study Shakespearean text, Elizabethan dance, and introductory stage combat through games-based learning culminating in a final mini-performance of Romeo & Juliet directed by our professional actors & teaching artists. The final performance will feature representative costume pieces designed by the students.
- A Hamlet Whodunnit
Crime: King Hamlet of Denmark is dead.
Suspects: Claudius, Gertrude, Ophelia, Polonius, and Laertes
The Students will study Shakespearean text, clowning & movement through games-based learning culminating in a final mini-performance of Hamlet directed by our professional actors & teaching artists. The final performance will feature representative costume pieces designed by the students.
For more information or to schedule a residency, please contact Educational Programs Coordinator, Kati Grace Brown at
Playshops for Non-Shakespeare Curriculums
Suggested for Grades 6-12
- Costume Design & Construction
- Stage Makeup & Special Effects
- Stage Combat
And those are just a few examples! For more information about these Playshops, contact Kati Grace Brown at .
Play On! Theater Games to Build a Classroom
Suggested for Grades K-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 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 Work
- Trusting Their Instincts
- Following Directions
- Setting Goals and Achieving Them!
- Engaging The Imagination
- Following Cues
- Classroom Status
The cost for Play On! is $7/ student with a small additional fee assessed if we have to travel more than a 50 mile radius from our location on Peachtree Street. For more information or to book Play On! for your classroom, please contact Kati Grace Brown at
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