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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 2014-2015 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 for a full grade to attend a SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee
  • Buses to transport students to and from the SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee
  • Pre-show workshops in each classroom 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

Tickets must be reserved by May 1, 2014 to receive priority. Space fills quickly.

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2014-2015 Season
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Winter’s Tale
By William Shakespeare
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
August 28, 2014

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
The Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th  NW, Washington, DC 20004
November 7, 12, 19 and December 3 & 4, 2014

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
December 11, 2014 and January 06,07,13,14,15, 2015

By David Greig
Directed by Roxana Silbert
Presented by the National Theatre of Scotland
and Shakespeare Theatre Company

The Metromaniacs
By Alexis Piron, Adapted By David Ives
The Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th  NW, Washington, DC 20004
March 5, 2015

Man of La Mancha
By Miguel de Cervantes
Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20004
April 1, 8 & 16, 2015


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
Clark Winchcole Foundation
Washington Forrest Foundation