Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Education Programming

COVID-19 UPDATE:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCS has decided to postpone our 2020 Season and Student Matinee Week until 2021, when we can safely gather again in The Grove theater.

In the meantime, we are producing educational materials about Shakespeare and his plays over the next few months! June focused on Macbeth, July examines A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and August will focus on Romeo and Juliet. Please check out lesson plans and videos below. 

Stay tuned for the fall when we will launch our “Behind The Scenes” with SCS to learn more about how a theater company runs. This video series will include interviews with dramaturgs, theater admin, directors, designers, and actors.

If you would like to read our official postponement announcement from Artistic Director Mike Ryan, you can view it HERE.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns, and we hope to see you next year for our production of Twelfth Night!

~ Alexi Carr, Education Coordinator
education@santacruzshakespeare.org


Education Materials on MACBETH

 

MACBETH NEWSLETTER 6.8.2020

 

MACBETH NEWSLETTER 6.16.2020

TRANSCRIPTION HOLINSHED’S MACBETH.PDF

 

MACBETH NEWSLETTER 6.23.2020

LCT MACBETH CHARACTER CONNECTIONS.PDF

 

MACBETH NEWSLETTER 6.30.2020

CLOSE READING A SOLILOQUY.PDF

LCT MACBETH RESEARCH AND COLLAB.PDF

 

Education Materials on A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

20 MINUTE PLAY: MIDSUMMER_FOLGER SHAKESPEARE.PDF

 

MIDSUMMER NEWSLETTER 7.14.2020

TWO-LINE SCENES: MIDSUMMER_FOLGER SHAKESPEARE.PDF

“THOU ART TRANSLATED”_SCS MIDSUMMER TRANSFORMATION.PDF

MIDSUMMER STUDY GUIDE_BY OREGON SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL.PDF


Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses

Join actors, scholars, and friends for ten live readings and discussions focused on the plays about a divided society and a civil war that made Shakespeare famous in the London theater.

Undiscovered Shakespeare: The Wars of the Roses is a public arts and humanities series co-produced by Santa Cruz Shakespeare, UCSC Shakespeare Workshop, and The Humanities Institute. It brings professional actors and scholars together with the public for a staged reading and discussion of the works that made Shakespeare famous in the London theater. As a young writer at the start of his career, Shakespeare explored ambitions, rivalries, and passions that swept away the dynasty that had reigned in England for more than four centuries. Over the course of ten sessions, we will immerse ourselves in these rarely performed plays—in Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, and 3 and Richard III—and reflect on them both as points of departure for Shakespeare’s career and as a mirror for the times in which we live.

Sessions are free to the public, and participants are not obligated to attend every meeting of the program.

CLICK HERE for more information.


Additional Resources:

Link to SCS 2018 Student Matinee Week Video Short –see the excitement of our kick-off education program!

 

Taha Mandviwala and Isabel Pask in SCS’s production of ROMEO & JULIET, 2018. Photo by rr jones.

2018 ROMEO & JULIET STUDY GUIDE
Get the low down on Shakespeare’s most iconic love story, details, lesson plans & activities!

 

Patty Gallagher, Jennifer Erdmann, Tommy A. Gomez, Mike Ryan, and Madeline Wall in SCS’s production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, 2019. Photo by rr jones.

2019 THE COMEDY OF ERRORS STUDY GUIDE
Lesson plans and resources on one of Shakespeare’s earliest comedies!

 


School Testimonials:

The students loved seeing such a high level professional performance so up close and personal. They particularly enjoyed the talk back with the actors, and asked impressively thoughtful questions.
~ SLVUSD Charter-Quail Hollow Integrated Arts

“Students loved the play! They already understood the plot, characters, and time period of Shakespeare. They easily followed the play, and became excited by the amazing costumes and acting.”
~ Watsonville Charter School of the Arts

“They loved how the actors interacted with the audience.”
~ North Monterey County High School

“The students LOVED watching Shakespeare’s language come to life. For the freshman – it is a preview of the play they will read in English class. For the Advanced Drama students – it was a chance to see professionals act (and get some pointers!).”
~ Los Gatos High School

 


 

SCS production of THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, 2019

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For more information or to ask questions, please contact Alexi Carr, Education Coordinator, at education@santacruzshakespeare.org.