Kentucky Shakespeare’s annual Festival in Central Park offers opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the works of Shakespeare in the beautiful outdoor setting of Old Louisville’s Central Park.

Experience the 55th Season in 2015!  June 3-August 9, 2015

- 10 weeks/7 productions/59 performances

- Food Trucks and Will’s Tavern 

- Nightly Pre-Show Entertainment 

 

Now Playing
For Teachers
In the few signatures that have survived, Shakespeare spelled his name “Willm Shaksp,” “William Shakespe,” and “Wm Shakspe,” – but never “William Shakespeare.”

2-Person Tempest & 90 Minute Macbeth

Tempest (Two-Actor)K-8th 

Shakespeare’s famous characters are brought to life in this dramatic two-person performance. Students will be engaged through the opportunity to participate alongside the actors in a performance that focuses on conflict resolution, leadership and tolerance.

Maximum number of students: 200

Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare - 4-12th

This versatile workshop/performance covers three scenes from three Shakespearean plays cushioned on all sides with guided instruction and interactive discussion between students and our Artist Educators. Scenes we will be focusing on this year are from Romeo and JulietThe Tempest, and Macbeth.

Maximum number of students: 200

 

*NEW* Living History: Chronicles from the Commonwealth 4-12th 

New to our ‘Living History’ series, Kentucky Shakespeare is proud to introduce  ‘Chronicles from the Commonwealth,’ an overview of Kentucky’s history from its founding to its involvement in the Civil War. Through the use of  journals and other primary source documents, our Artist Educators are able to bring the story of the Commonwealth to life in a fun and an interesting way.

In this 60-minute performance, our Artist Educators present the history of Kentucky in a three-part production:

Act I: Daniel Boone/Frontier Kentucky

Act II: Lewis and Clark

Act III: Civil War

Maximum # of Students: 200

 

Living History: We the People - 4-12th

This 60-minute performance focuses on the history of the United States of America and our rights and responsibilities as members of a democratic society. Our teaching artists bring primary source documents to life, giving students the opportunity to ‘meet’ these historic figures and ‘see’ how they helped sculpt the society in which we live today. This program consists of two performance options focusing on different curriculum content.

Historical content covered:

- Road to the Revolutionary War (including the Boston Tea Party, Coercive Acts, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, Congressional Congresses, and the Declaration of Independence.)

- Formation of a new government (Articles of Confederation, Constitution and the Bill of Rights)

- Manifest Destiny (including Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears)

- Westward expansion (Homestead Act, Transcontinental railroad, Immigration, Native Americans and reservations, Chief Crazy Horse)

- Social Reforms (including Dorethea Dix, Horace Mann, Seneca Falls Woman’s’ Rights Convention)

- Abolition vs. Anti-Abolition

- Civil War

- The end of Slavery (Amendments 13-15)

- Progressive Movement (Carrie Chapman Catt, Woman’s right movement, Jane Addams and the Hull House, Jacob Riis Photography, Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”)

- WWII (Japanese internment camps, Fascism, and escalation into the war)

- The Red Scare (Communism, McCarthy, and Senator Margaret Smith’s Address to Congress)

- The 1960′s (Civil Rights Movement, sit-ins at Woolworths, Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream”, Vietnam)

- Social Media and our First Amendment Rights

Maximum # of Students: 200

 

Macbeth (Full Production)

9th-12th Spring Tour | April & May 2015

Kentucky Shakespeare’s professional actors will perform a classic, 90-minute production of ‘Macbeth.’ This production puts emphasis on the language and the relationship between the actors and the audience. Through this, our artist educators are able to create a wonderful rapport with the students by keeping Shakespeare relevant and accessible.

*Interactive, post-production workshops are also available upon request for a small additional fee.

Maximum number of students: 1,000

 

UPDATED Common Core Standards for our education programs:

Common Core Standards: Literacy K-5

Common Core Standards: Literacy, Grades 6-12

Common Core Standards: Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Download Our 2014-15 Education Brochure

For Details Contact:

Hannah Pruitt, Education Programs Manager 
(502) 574-9900
hannah@kyshakespeare.com

 

 

 

2-Person Tempest & 90 Minute Macbeth

Tempest (Two-Actor)K-8th 

Shakespeare’s famous characters are brought to life in this dramatic two-person performance. Students will be engaged through the opportunity to participate alongside the actors in a performance that focuses on conflict resolution, leadership and tolerance.

Maximum number of students: 200

Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare - 4-12th

This versatile workshop/performance covers three scenes from three Shakespearean plays cushioned on all sides with guided instruction and interactive discussion between students and our Artist Educators. Scenes we will be focusing on this year are from Romeo and JulietThe Tempest, and Macbeth.

Maximum number of students: 200

 

*NEW* Living History: Chronicles from the Commonwealth 4-12th 

New to our ‘Living History’ series, Kentucky Shakespeare is proud to introduce  ‘Chronicles from the Commonwealth,’ an overview of Kentucky’s history from its founding to its involvement in the Civil War. Through the use of  journals and other primary source documents, our Artist Educators are able to bring the story of the Commonwealth to life in a fun and an interesting way.

In this 60-minute performance, our Artist Educators present the history of Kentucky in a three-part production:

Act I: Daniel Boone/Frontier Kentucky

Act II: Lewis and Clark

Act III: Civil War

Maximum # of Students: 200

 

Living History: We the People - 4-12th

This 60-minute performance focuses on the history of the United States of America and our rights and responsibilities as members of a democratic society. Our teaching artists bring primary source documents to life, giving students the opportunity to ‘meet’ these historic figures and ‘see’ how they helped sculpt the society in which we live today. This program consists of two performance options focusing on different curriculum content.

Historical content covered:

- Road to the Revolutionary War (including the Boston Tea Party, Coercive Acts, Patrick Henry, Thomas Paine, Congressional Congresses, and the Declaration of Independence.)

- Formation of a new government (Articles of Confederation, Constitution and the Bill of Rights)

- Manifest Destiny (including Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears)

- Westward expansion (Homestead Act, Transcontinental railroad, Immigration, Native Americans and reservations, Chief Crazy Horse)

- Social Reforms (including Dorethea Dix, Horace Mann, Seneca Falls Woman’s’ Rights Convention)

- Abolition vs. Anti-Abolition

- Civil War

- The end of Slavery (Amendments 13-15)

- Progressive Movement (Carrie Chapman Catt, Woman’s right movement, Jane Addams and the Hull House, Jacob Riis Photography, Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle”)

- WWII (Japanese internment camps, Fascism, and escalation into the war)

- The Red Scare (Communism, McCarthy, and Senator Margaret Smith’s Address to Congress)

- The 1960′s (Civil Rights Movement, sit-ins at Woolworths, Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream”, Vietnam)

- Social Media and our First Amendment Rights

Maximum # of Students: 200

 

Macbeth (Full Production)

9th-12th Spring Tour | April & May 2015

Kentucky Shakespeare’s professional actors will perform a classic, 90-minute production of ‘Macbeth.’ This production puts emphasis on the language and the relationship between the actors and the audience. Through this, our artist educators are able to create a wonderful rapport with the students by keeping Shakespeare relevant and accessible.

*Interactive, post-production workshops are also available upon request for a small additional fee.

Maximum number of students: 1,000

 

UPDATED Common Core Standards for our education programs:

Common Core Standards: Literacy K-5

Common Core Standards: Literacy, Grades 6-12

Common Core Standards: Social Studies, Grades 6-12

Download Our 2014-15 Education Brochure

For Details Contact:

Hannah Pruitt, Education Programs Manager 
(502) 574-9900
hannah@kyshakespeare.com