Bring Kentucky Shakespeare to your School

We provide interactive performances, touring productions, arts workshops and residencies, and professional development for educators. Browse our performance options below, or download our brochure for more information.

To book an education performance for the 2019-20 season, please email education@kyshakespeare.com or call us at 502-574-9900.

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2018-2019 Season Kentucky Counties Served:

  • Questions? Call 502-574-9900 or email us.
  • Ask us about our multi-show and Title 1 Discounts
  • Study Guides with pre- and post-show activities available for all workshops.
  • Teacher Arts Grants (TAG) and 5X5 funding options available through the Fund for the Arts.

Educational Performances

Let our talented performers come to you! Perfect for school assemblies, our educational performances are 50-90 minutes long and include in-depth guided discussions that touch on key topics from Kentucky schools curriculum, and academic standards. Along with our Shakespeare performances, we also offer Living History performances that bring history to life for students.

<em>Hamlet</em>: Spring Tour

Hamlet: Spring Tour

“To be or not to be?” That is the question driving Hamlet as he uncovers a web of deceit and corruption in his quest to avenge his father. Performed by seven actors in 90 minutes. A short discussion and Q&A, included in the runtime, provides students the opportunity to analyze, and interpret the play.

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

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Max Attendees: 1,000
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Price: $1,000
<em>Hamlet</em>: Two-Actor Tour

Hamlet: Two-Actor Tour

Shakespeare’s most famous play follows Prince Hamlet as he returns home to discover “something’s rotten in the state of Denmark.” Our fun and fast-paced Two-Actor Hamlet highlights self-worth, relationship dynamics, the consequences of acting on vengeance, and finding help in times of isolation or vulnerability.

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Max Attendees: 250
  • Grades: K-8
  • Price: $450
Shakespeare Alive!

Shakespeare Alive!

Formerly Boy Meets Girl Meets Shakespeare. Kentucky Shakespeare actors perform three selections from three plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Henry VI: Part I—a comedy, tragedy and history—featuring active discussion with the audience between each scene, focusing on content, structure, relationships, comprehension, language, and theme.

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Max Attendees: 250
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Price: $450
Voice of Social Change: Ira Aldridge

Voice of Social Change: Ira Aldridge

The perfect blend of history and Shakespeare! Against the backdrop of racial injustice during the 1800s, Ira Aldridge became the first African American to perform Shakespeare’s leading men. This one-man show inspires students to utilize their powers of creative expression to overcome life’s obstacles and continue the march toward civil rights

*Note: This performance contains multimedia elements. Projection capabilities required.

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Max Attendees: 250
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Price: $450
Living History: We the People

Living History: We the People

Our professional actors use primary source documents to bring key events from United States history to life, focusing on our rights and responsibilities as a democratic society today. We the People asks students to reflect on America’s formation, ask questions, and consider civic action in their own communities.

Content/Events/Eras Covered: Road to Revolutionary Ware, Formation of a New Government, Westward Expansion, Social Reforms, Abolition, Civil War, Amendments 13-15, Progressive Movement, WWII, The Red Scare, Civil Rights Movement, Social Media and First Amendment Rights

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Max Attendees: 250
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Price: $450
Living History: Kentucky History

Living History: Kentucky History

Journey through time with our actors as they uncover the impressive history of Kentucky! Through primary source documents, we’ll explore the Commonwealth’s rich oral traditions, diverse geography, and vast contributions to the nation.

Content/Events/Eras Covered: Pre-historic Periods, The Great Dying, The Men & Women of Frontier KY, Daniel Boone, Lewis & Clark and York, Abraham Lincoln, The Civil War, The Hatfields & McCoys, Stephen Foster, and Kentucky State Facts

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Max Attendees: 250
  • Grades: 4-12
  • Price: $450

In-Classroom Performances

Our 50-minute Interactive Performances offer more hands-on educational opportunities for classes of up to 30 students. Our Artist Educators lead the students through performing for their peers, and offer a fun introduction to story and drama elements, creative problem solving, and critical thinking. All of our Residencies can also serve as one hour workshops, so be sure to check those out the Residencies below!

Bard Buddies: <em>Hamlet</em>

Bard Buddies: Hamlet

With the help of our artist educator, your students perform a fun and fast paced version of Hamlet both with and for their peers in this fully interactive workshop. Students explore character, dialogue, theme, and technical elements of theatre to build teamwork skills, vocabulary, self-confidence, and a love of Shakespeare.

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Max Attendees: 30
  • Grades: K-5
  • Price: $250
Fairy Tales from Around the World

Fairy Tales from Around the World

Students explore the history, culture, geography, and oral traditions surrounding fairy tales as they perform them with their classmates. This program is an excellent introduction to drama and storytelling, blending folk tales, a variety of morals, and lessons and self-confidence.

  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Max Attendees: 30
  • Grades: PK-3
  • Price: $250

Workshops and Residencies

Our in-school and after-school workshops and extended residencies provided targeted experiental learning built to meet your needs. Choose from any of the workshops below, or have us design one specifically for you. All workshops include a Performance, Critical Thinking/Creative Problem Solving, and Full Interactivity and Engagement. Prices vary number of sessions and duration.

Hip-Hop Shakespeare

Hip-Hop Shakespeare

The great poets of our time pair up with the greatest writer of all time. Students explore Shakespeare’s sonnets and verse alongside contemporary music to discover rhythm, poetry, and language.

  • Duration: Customizable
  • Max Attendees: 30
  • Grades: 4-12
Conflict Resolution and Anti-Bullying

Conflict Resolution and Anti-Bullying

Our trained Artist Educators lead group activities focusing on affirmation, communication, cooperation, and strategies to deal positively with conflict. Students learn to identify and interrupt bullying behavior without escalation.

  • Duration: Customizable
  • Max Attendees: 30
  • Grades: 3-12
Acting Fundamentals

Acting Fundamentals

Follow the history of acting while learning the fundamentals of the craft through group improvisational exercises led by our Artist Educator. Explore acting tools and techniques from rehearsal to performance.

  • Duration: Customizable
  • Max Attendees: 30
  • Grades: K-12
Stage Combat

Stage Combat

Students learn how to safely perform a staged fight using hand-to-hand combat and sword play.

  • Duration: Customizable
  • Max Attendees: 30
  • Grades: 4-12
Staging Shakespeare

Staging Shakespeare

Our signature workshop introduces elements of Shakespeare and drama while practicing teamwork and problem solving. Students work through the rehearsal process using Shakespeare’s text to create their own uniquely staged, student-driven performance piece. Shakespeare selections based on your classroom needs.

  • Duration: Customizable
  • Max Attendees: 30
  • Grades: 4-12
Renaissance Dance

Renaissance Dance

Learn and perform the social dances of Shakespeare’s day including the Pavane, Gathering Peascods and more, led by our Artist Educator.

  • Duration: Customizable
  • Max Attendees: 30
  • Grades: K-12
Mathematics of Shakespearean Design

Mathematics of Shakespearean Design

Student groups analyze a Shakespearean scene and employ the real world applications of mathematical concepts including fractions, ratios, and measurement conversions to design a 2-D rendering or a 3-D model for different stage types.

Minimum of 5 sessions

  • Duration: Customizable
  • Max Attendees: 30
  • Grades: 6-8

Professional Development

Our in-school and after-school workshops and extended residencies provided targeted experiential learning built to meet your needs. Choose from any of the workshops below, or have us design one specifically for you. All workshops include a Performance, Critical Thinking/Creative Problem Solving, and Full Interactivity and Engagement. Prices vary number of sessions and duration.

From the Page to the Stage: Understanding and Implementing Shakespeare and the Arts in the Classroom

From the Page to the Stage: Understanding and Implementing Shakespeare and the Arts in the Classroom

Our From the Page to the Stage workshop provides strategies for educators to bring the creative process, the performing arts, Shakespeare, and his works to the classroom.

Kentucky Shakespeare’s Professional Development brings creative approaches and concepts from the arts and theatre to your team. Workshops can be customized and built from the ground up. We work with your school’s coordinator to create an individually designed experience to address the needs of your education team, including: arts implementation into teaching strategies, STEAM concepts and integration, team building, cooperation and understanding, creative problem-solving, and improvisation.

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  • Duration: 3 or 6 hour sessions
  • Max Attendees: 25
Professional Development for Teachers and Organizations

Professional Development for Teachers and Organizations

Kentucky Shakespeare’s Professional Development brings arts, theatre and creativity to the workplace. Workshops can be customized to address specific needs of teachers or the organization. Past corporate sessions include workshops for Brown-Forman, Metro United Way, and Humana.

Focuses may include but are not limited to:

  • Arts implementation into classroom or workplace strategies
  • STEAM strategies
  • Teambuilding
  • Cooperation and understanding
  • Public speaking
  • Defining Focus: workplace values
  • Creative problem solving
  • Improvisation
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  • Duration: 3 or 6 hour sessions
  • Max Attendees: 25

“Great performance! The students loved it and learned so much about Shakespeare and elements of a dramatic performance!” – Teacher, Conway Middle School

2017 Survey Results

  • 100% of teachers were satisfied with the experience
  • 100% of teachers were likely to bring us in again
  • 98% of students said they enjoyed the performance
  • 97% of students said they learned something new about the subject matter

Program Sponsor

Kentucky Shakespeare’s educational programs are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Shakespeare in American Communities.

Book a Performance

To book a performance or workshop, contact Hannah Pruitt at (502) 574-9900 or hannah@kyshakespeare.com.

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