Classes for Teachers & Educators

Get your students excited about Shakespeare by engaging their minds and bodies in the language, story and characters of Shakespeare's plays! Whether it's a weekend of Inside Shakespeare or a week of Shakespeare in the Classroom, Education Director, Joan Langley, and Lead Teaching Artist/Curriculum Specialist, Kirsten Giroux, provide strategies and lessons for making great literature come alive in your classrooms.

Sponsored in part by Shakespeare in American Communities.

Shakespeare in the Classroom | June 24 - 28, 2014

Designed for English and theatre teachers, Shakespeare in the Classroom provides a theatre-based—rather than academic—approach, intended to make the works of Shakespeare exciting and accessible for all students. Active participation is required!

COST
• Tuition is $835 and includes four class sessions, tickets to five plays and one Festival Noon event. 
• Housing and up to two units of graduate credit in English or Theatre Arts are available through Southern Oregon University, each for an additional charge. 
• Tuition assistance is available. Submit a Scholarship Request Form by April 18, 2014 to be considered. Please note that by submitting this form, you are indicating intent to register for the class. Scholarship awards should be announced by April 30, 2014.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
Tuesday, June 24
9:00 a.m. Class session
12:00 p.m. Lunch break
1:30 p.m. Class session
5:00 p.m. Attend Backstage Tour
6:30 p.m. Dinner break
8:00 p.m. Attend The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window – Angus Bowmer Theatre 

Wednesday, June 25 
9:00 a.m. Class session 
11:30 a.m. Break 
12:00 p.m. Festival Noon – Carpenter Hall 
1:30 p.m. Class session
5:00 p.m. Dinner break 
8:00 p.m. Attend The Tempest – Angus Bowmer Theatre

Thursday, June 26
9:00 a.m. Class session 
12:00 p.m. Lunch break 
1:30 p.m. Class session 
5:00 p.m. Dinner break 
8:00 p.m. Attend Richard III – Allen Elizabethan Theatre 

Friday, June 27
9:00 a.m. Class session 
12:00 p.m. Lunch break 
1:30 p.m. Class session 
5:00 p.m. Dinner break 
8:00 p.m. Attend The Comedy of Errors – Thomas Theatre 

Saturday, June 28 
9:00 a.m. Class session 
12:00 p.m. Lunch break 
1:30 p.m. Class session 
5:00 p.m. Dinner break 
8:00 p.m. Attend The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Allen Elizabethan Theatre

Inside Shakespeare | February, 2015

Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles

Discover strategies and practical lessons for teaching two Shakespeare plays from the 2015 season. Tuition includes a day and a half of class sessions and tickets to Much Ado About Nothing and Pericles. 

Please check back in Fall 2014 for updates on class dates and tuition. 

Registering for Teacher Classes

• Please call group sales: 541-488-5406, or toll free: 866-545-6337. Business hours are Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. 
• A $50.00 non-refundable deposit is required at the time you book the class. 
• Payment in full must be received by the Box Office three weeks before the first day of class. 
• No refunds will be made after the three-week deadline. 
• Registration for this event closes three weeks prior to the first day of class.

About the Instructors
Joan Langley

Joan has served as Education Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 1988, producing annual tours of Festival actors to schools throughout the western United States, leading resident workshops in Ashland for playgoers of all ages, and seminars for teachers on teaching Shakespeare. She has taught and developed lessons for nearly all of Shakespeare's plays that engage students physically, emotionally and intellectually in the text, and is currently collaborating on a book for teachers on techniques for exploring Shakespeare's plays. Joan has led workshops at the Cambridge Shakespeare Conference, Shakespeare Theatre Association, National Association for Humanities Education and the Northwest Council of Teachers of English, among others. She has served on the Editorial Board for Shakespeare Magazine, the Arts Across Oregon Panel for the Oregon Arts Commission, and on a Grants and Policy Panel at the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kirsten Giroux

Kirsten performed in regional theaters across the country for over twenty years. She appeared in over thirty Shakespearean productions in theaters such as Boston Shakespeare Company, Sacramento Theater Company, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Since 1999, Kirsten has devoted her time to teaching, working as a Curriculum Specialist and Teaching Artist for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has created over thirty workshops for the Festival's Education department; taught hundreds of events for students of all ages and seminars for teachers on teaching Shakespeare. All of her teaching and curriculum development work is designed to get students up on their feet exploring and learning about the works of William Shakespeare.