Welcome to the Play On Shakespeare educational resource guide for the 2022 Shakespeare Theatre Association!
Play On Shakespeare’s educational and artistic programs provide a new way of looking at Shakespeare through modern verse translation. Our unique method supports further accessibility, understanding, inclusion, and reimagining of Shakespeare’s work in the 21st century.
If you are interested in hearing more about our programs, please fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page. We hope you enjoy!
—Amrita Ramanan, Senior Cultural Strategist & Dramaturg
Educational Programs - The Shakespeare Masterclass
Shakespeare is a global entity yet remains inaccessible to many. Through curated programs developed for varying audiences – from memory care facilities to the college classroom – these translations reveal our collective human experience.
Our Shakespeare Masterclass program allows students and arts educators to hear Shakespeare differently through modern verse translation. Students are offered a full semester to learn charting analysis, translation exercises, and production development with the opportunity to work with our playwrights and world-class theatre educators. The program culminates in a live production.
Our first Masterclass took place at Ashland High School where drama students engaged with Alison Carey’s modern verse translation of Twelfth Night, which will be produced live this January. If you’d like to be a part of our next Masterclass program, fill out the form below!
Artistic & Professional Development Opportunities - Try It In Translation
Our Try It In Translation program is a summer seminar designed to assist artists, educators, and artistic professionals in taking Shakespeare into the classroom and local communities. Using the Play On Method, created by Lue Douthit, participants learn charting analysis, translation exercises, and utilize Play On Shakespeare translations as producible plays.
Our first Try It In Translation seminar was held in July of 2021 as a weeklong, virtual seminar with 16 participants from across the country, including high school teachers, college professors, theatre practitioners, and artists who worked with Hansol Jung’s translation of Romeo and Juliet.
Educational Program Initiatives
Play On Shakespeare is dedicated to process, accessibility, and advocacy. We offer educational support to institutions working on our translations, including:
- Pre-production workshops
- Multi-day table work
- Facilitated discussions
- Facilitator trainings
- Curated programming and curriculum development
- Lectures, demonstrations, salons, and presentations
If you are interested in producing a translation, please contact Associate Creative Director & Senior Producer Taylor Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.