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Shakespeare for Home School

Spring 2015 – Julius Caesar
March 2, 2015 – May 18, 2015

Ages 8-13
Mondays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ages 12-16
Mondays, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

*If your child is 12 or 13, you may select which group you think would be more appropriate for them. Both sessions will focus on Julius Caesar.

Bring William Shakespeare’s historic tale of ambition and betrayal to life! During this twelve-week class, students will learn how to analyze and interpret Shakespeare’s text by investigating some of the most persuasive speeches ever written. They will delve into the historical context of ancient Rome and examine how research can influence theatrical design. In addition to exploring the many artistic roles in the theatre, including directing and designing, students will discover how to create a fully realized character on stage. Activities will include: paraphrasing and performing monologues; creating characters through movement activities; designing character costumes and creating set pieces and props; directing techniques like creating stage pictures; and researching historical characters. The residency will culminate with students performing scenes and monologues from the play.

STC Rehearsal Studio A
507 8th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Tuition: $275

Teaching Artist: Melissa Richardson

Melissa Richardson is a teaching artist, director, and stage manager. Ms. Richardson has taught drama to youth with Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, InterAct Story Theatre, Round House Theatre, Alden Theatre, Adventure Theatre, and the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning through the Arts. Ms. Richardson directs the Heyday Players, a senior citizens’ repertory company, at Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland. She has also stage managed productions for the Washington Shakespeare Company, American Century Theater, Horizons Theatre, and Active Cultures Theatre. Ms. Richardson received a BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama.


To apply for a scholarship for the Shakespeare for Home School class, please submit the following items to the Shakespeare Theatre Company Education Department.

  • A completed scholarship application form filled out by the parent or legal guardian of the student.
  • A 500-word typed essay, written by the student that answers these questions: Why do you want to participate in the Shakespeare for Home School class? What do you hope to gain from the experience?
  • A copy of applicant’s 2013 tax return for proof of income or documentation proving your qualification for free or reduced school lunch.

Applications are due by February 20, 2015.

Please mail your materials to:
School Programs
Shakespeare Theatre Company
516 8th Street SE
Washington, DC 20003
Or fax to: Attn: School Programs at 202.547.0226