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District Shakespeare

Show Tickets, Buses & Workshops
Free of Charge
For Every D.C. High School

Arts are integral to the growth of every child. Shakespeare Theatre Company believes that 100% of D.C.’s Public and Public Charter High School students should have access to classical theatre; what’s more, this access is critical to the well-rounded education of our city’s students. We envision a future where every DCPS and DCPCS student has the opportunity to experience the timeless themes and language of Shakespeare in live performance.

In the 2015-2016 school year, District Shakespeare aims to provide a free, live, classical theatre experience to every D.C. Public School and D.C. Public Charter School serving grades 9 through 12.

Each school will receive:

  • Tickets to attend a SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee
  • Buses to transport students to and from the SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee
  • Pre-show workshops in all participating classrooms to prepare students to see the play
  • Curriculum guides with lesson plans, background information and discussion questions
  • Post-show discussion with the cast of the show immediately following the performance
  • We are excited to announce a new component to our District Shakespeare program: Professional Development Workshops. Learn more here.

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2015-2016 Season
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ethan McSweeny
Sidney Harman Hall
September 15, 16 & 17, 2015

PD Workshop: Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Preview Performance: 8:00 p.m.

Kiss Me, Kate
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Samuel and Bella Spewack
Directed by Alan Paul
Sidney Harman Hall
December 9, 10 & 16 2015

PD Workshop: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Preview Performance at 7:30 p.m.

The Critic by Richard Brinsley Sheridan & The Real Inspector Hound by Tom Stoppard
Two one-act plays directed by Michael Kahn
Lansburgh Theatre
January 28 & February 10, 2016

PD Workshop: Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Preview Performance at 8:00 p.m

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Ron Daniels
Sidney Harman Hall
March 3, 9, 10, 16, 29, 30 & 31, 2016

PD Workshop: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Preview Performance at 7:30 p.m.

By George Orwell
A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
The Lansburgh Theatre
March 24, 31 and April 6, 2016

PD Workshop: Friday, March 11, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Preview Performance at 8:00 p.m.


Learn about the history of District Shakespeare.

DISTRICT SHAKESPEARE is made possible by:

Founding Sponsors of STC Education
Miles Gilburne and Nina Zolt

Presenting education Sponsor

Leadership Support
The Beech Street Foundation
The D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts
The City Fund
Mr. Jerry Knoll
Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest

Additional Support
Ada Harris Maley Memorial Fund
Marshall B. Coyne Foundation
Mark & Carol Hyman Fund
The George Preston Marshall Foundation
The Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation
Morningstar Philanthropic Fund
Ms. Toni Ritzenberg
Nora Roberts Foundation
Hattie M. Strong Foundation
Solon E. Summerfield Foundation
Washington Forrest Foundation