McDonogh Theatre Lab with CSC, Nov. 2014, photo by  Heather McPeters
McDonogh Theatre Lab with CSC, Nov. 2014, photo by Heather McPeters

CSC’s education programs align with our approach to performance. Our focus is first on the text, how Shakespeare’s language gives us clear thinking and profound emotion, how that text becomes embodied in physical characterization and expression, and finally how that text is shared with and for our audience.

Our mission is to break down the barriers between Shakespeare and audience, and we believe fervently that the best time to do this is before they have a chance to be built up.

We work very hard to help students all over the area discover for themselves “What makes Shakespeare so great?” by creating programs for students from primary grades to university settings. 

CSC’s student matinee program focuses on supporting and augmenting the curriculum in reading and language arts, speaking and listening, and fine arts for school districts across the state. We carefully choose the plays that we designate for inclusion in the student matinee program, align the artistic choices in the production to the expectations and outcomes that public and private teachers have for their students, and assess the program’s effectiveness immediately after every performance. Click here to learn more about our student matinees.

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Embedded directly into your ELA class schedule, CSC Teaching Artists give your students the tools to grapple with the dense and beautiful poetry of Shakespeare. Standard 5 and 10-day residencies for a single grade, 8 to 12-day for all middle school schedule. We have prepared: Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Macbeth, Hamlet, Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Julius Caesar, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Merchant of Venice, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing.

Separate days for ESOL available.  

We serve home, private, and public schools in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, District of Columbia, and parts of Pennsylvania

 “We dug into our scene to find the meaning of all the parts… it was super fun!”
 – 8th grade student, Clarksville MS, HCPSS

Tailored to the needs of your students! Bring CSC in for a weekly club meeting, or for several weeks in preparation for performance. Established roster of Teaching Artists whose skills include: Directing, Assistant Directing, Fight Choreographer, Text Coach, Movement-Clowning, Voice-Speech-Dialects.

  • Single Day Shakesperience
    CSC Teaching Artists prepare students prior to their field trip to our theatre.
    • Etiquette in the theatre
    • Play Synopsis / Production concept
    • Our historic building, production secrets
  • School’s Out Shakespeare (S.O.S.)
    When school is out, Shakespeare is IN!

CSC provides single day programs when your school is out for professional days, end-of-marking-period dates, and several holidays. Chesapeake Shakespeare Company invites elementary, middle, and high school students to our downtown theater for a day of monologue and scene study, and some games, too!

Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Teaching Artists provide a non-competitive environment in which students grow, learn, prepare, and laugh together.

For more information about any of our Education Programs, please email or call 410-244-8571 ext. 114