History of District Shakespeare
2011 -2012: The Shakespeare Theatre Company begins the District Shakespeare initiative. Education staff focuses on building relationships with each D.C. Public School serving grades 8-12, bringing a dynamic, one-hour workshop to one classroom in each school, free of charge.
2012 -2013: STC welcomes D.C. Public Schools serving 8-12 grades to the theatres, providing 50 free tickets and free buses to a SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee. 42 of the 53 Public Schools attend, bringing approximately 2,000 DCPS students through the doors of STC theatres – many, for the very first time. The students participate in a pre-performance classroom workshop, enjoy performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus or The Winter’s Tale and engage in a post-show discussion with the actors in each production.
In addition, STC Education also launches free workshops for D.C. Public Charter Schools serving grades 8-12, reaching 45 charter schools across the District.
2013- 2014: Shakespeare Theatre Company multiplies its number of SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinees by order to welcome a full grade from every DCPS high school. 18 high schools attended one of the following productions: Measure for Measure, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Importance of Being Earnest, Henry IV Part I or Part II, totaling nearly 2,500 DCPS students. STC also offers 50 free tickets and buses to D.C. Public Charter Schools serving grades 8-12. 15 charter schools attend matinees, reaching an additional 840 students.
2014- 2015: The goal: to welcome a full grade from every DCPS High School and every D.C. Public Charter High School to a SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee.
To learn more about District Shakespeare contact Vanessa Hope, School Programs Manager, at 202.547.3230 ext. 2105 or by email.