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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.

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2014-2015 SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinees

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Winter’s Tale
By William Shakespeare
Sidney Harman Hall
August 28, 2014
*Part of STC’s annual Free For All. All tickets are free.

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
The Lansburgh Theatre
November 7, 12, 19 and December 3 & 4, 2014

The Tempest
By William Shakespeare
Sidney Harman Hall
December 11, 2014 and January 6,7,13,14,15, 2015

By David Greig
Presented by STC & The National Theatre of Scotland
Sidney Harman Hall

The Metromaniacs
By Alexis Piron, Adapted By David Ives
The Lansburgh Theatre
March 5, 2015

Man of La Mancha
Book by Dale Wasserman, Lyrics by Joe Darion, Music by Mitch Leigh
Adapted from Miguel de Cervantes
Sidney Harman Hall
April 1, 8 & 16, 2015

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
Clark Winchcole Foundation
Washington Forrest Foundation