"The workshop was an extraordinary experience, not only because of the primacy of play
as performance, but because the process brings to vivid life the best teaching practices available."
-- Marianne Reichelt, Notre Dame Preparatory School, MD (Summer 2014 Participant)
Four times a year, the American Shakespeare Center devotes a seminar to the classroom applications of plays from our repertoire. Professor Ralph Alan Cohen, the education staff, and our troupe of professional actors provide teachers with a host of materials and techniques for bringing Shakespeare to life for their students. The play-specific seminars focus on making the plots, characters, words, and drama of Shakespeare's plays relevant and exciting in the classroom. We aim to remove your students' "ShakesFear" and to replace it with enthusiasm for the active exploration of the plays on the stage.
If you would like to receive updates about ASC Teacher Seminars, Study Guides, or other educator resources, please sign up to receive periodic emails from our Academic Resources Manager.
Winter Seminar: February 6th, 2016 - The Tempest
Spring Seminar: April 8th-9th, 2016 - Julius Caesar and Henry V
ASC Teacher Seminars use specific titles to deliver pointers on techniques that are applicable across the canon, so, even if you aren't planning to teach the play we are focusing on for a particular seminar, join us to pick up new and engaging lesson plans.
Preliminary Schedule for Fall 2015 Seminar:
Saturday, September 12, 2015
2pm - Antony and Cleopatra performance (optional add-on)
7:30pm - Shakespeare's Joan of Arc (1 Henry VI) performance (optional Pay-What-You-Will add-on)
Sunday, September 13, 2015
2pm - A Midsummer Night's Dream performance
4:30pm-5:30pm - Final Wrap-Up Session
"The seminars are an incredible value."
-- Laura Messenheimer, Howard Community College, MD (Spring 2013)
Fall Seminar Fee: $220
If you are a self-funding teacher, or a teacher splitting the registration cost with your school, you are eligible to attend the Fall, Winter, and/or Spring Seminars at a reduced rate. Discounts are also available for English-Speaking Union coaches, for teachers who refer another registering attendee, and for teachers who refer a student to one of our summer camps. Contact Academic Resources Manager Cass Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org; 540-885-5588 x21) for details.
Seminar fee includes all workshops, a copy of an ASC Study Guide and supplementary materials, and tickets to ASC performances as noted on registration form. Please note that in order to guarantee your materials and your seats at ASC shows, you must register a minimum of two weeks before the event begins.
Looking for a place to stay in Staunton during a seminar? The Stonewall Jackson Hotel is offering a special rate for ASC Education events! Use this link to place reservations, or call the hotel and mention what education event you'll be attending in order to claim the discount.
ASC Event Refund Policy
Registrations may be refunded up to 21 days before the event, minus a $25 processing fee. Funds may be transferred for use at another ASC event at any time with no penalty.
“I appreciate how pedagogically centered your sessions were. I left with my brain sparking.”
-- Spring 2014 Participant
All of our seminars use our Study Guides to provide you with a comprehensive approach to exploring the play in your classroom. From the basics of getting your students out of their seats and thinking like early modern actors, to exploring historical context, staging challenges, and the intricacies of Shakespeare’s wordplay, to the challenge of assessment, ASC Study Guides give you a start-to-finish model. We also look at the connections between the plays and standard requirements for English, theatre, and history curricula. You can view some of our performance-based activities in-action on Youtube.
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