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Share the excitement of live performance with your students through the SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Program. SHAKESPEARIENCE is designed to give students and teachers access to classical theatre on stage, deepening their study of literature, drama, and language in the classroom and fostering appreciation for the performing arts.

Read about how live theatre benefits students.

Each participating class receives:

  • Reduced-price tickets
  • A preshow workshop in your classroom to prepare students to see the play and to deepen their understanding of the production. (Workshop is required.)
  • Curriculum guides to support teaching the play and reflecting on the production.  Click here to view our First Folio Curriculum Guide archives.
  • A discussion with the cast of the show immediately following the performance.
  • New this year! This season we are offering free professional development workshops to support teaching the plays in the classroom. During each session, teachers will explore interactive activities from our curriculum guides. The workshops will take place during preview week of the show and participation will include 2 free tickets to that evening’s performance. Reserve your spot by emailing

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2015-2016 SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinees

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
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.

View Frequently Asked Questions about SHAKESPEARIENCE

What teachers and students are saying about SHAKESPEARIENCE:

“I wanted to send another huge THANK YOU for the invitation, pre lesson and the tickets. It was a memorable event and the students are extremely appreciative. The Wheatley Scholars were really engaged and were on the edge of their seats buzzing with excitement.”
Tanesha Dixon, Social Studies teacher Wheatley Education Campus (DC)

“I cannot thank you enough for making it possible for my students to see the matinee. They were mesmerized...The entire audience was was visually stunning and a beautiful production.”
Tina Donnelly Parkdale High School (Prince George’s County)

“I never thought that Shakespeare could be so hilariously funny. I was entertained more than I ever thought possible and the costuming and special effects really made the text come to life. I'd love to see more of Shakespeare's works on stage in the future…”
Student who attended A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“Before I saw the play, I thought Shakespeare was simply difficult and boring language but the play brought it to life. In the play it was much more interesting because they added scenes and modern characteristics to draw people my age in.”
Student who attended A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SHAKESPEARIENCE 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