The Play On Method

Interested in learning more about the Play On Shakespeare method? Read on to hear about our professional development opportunities, including our sponsored workshops and facilitated training programs.

Othello, The Play On Festival, 2019, Translation by Mfoniso Udofia, Photo credit Matt Hagemeier, Featuring Chinaze Uche, Becca Blackwell, Chelsea Nicolle Fryer Othello, Duke & Emilia.

The Play On Shakespeare Method reveals Shakespeare’s dramatic structure demonstrating philosophical questions the plays address.

We work with both theaters and educational institutions to teach our method, explore charting exercises, and create a deeper understanding of Shakespeare’s texts using modern verse translation. With trained facilitators and using translations created by some of the top playwrights in the U.S., we are uniquely positioned to help you explore the plays and your relationship with Shakespeare. We also cater collaborations to our partners—read below for examples of available partner opportunities!

Actors participating in a table read during a Play On Shakespeare workshop.

Pre-Production Workshops

Sign up for a workshop for your upcoming Shakespeare performance.

An audience listens from theater seats to a Workshop presendation at Colorado Shakes

Play On Shakespeare Master Class

Join our Master Class - a school immersion program that leads to a full production.


Try It In Translation Workshop

A holistic immersion workshop into the Play On Method for teachers and educators.


"I have not only learned a lot about Twelfth Night, but also how to look at a Shakespeare text, making meaning from it, and then translate that knowledge into a performance."

- Ashland High School student

"In this Play On Shakespeare experience, I learned a lot about what Twelfth Night actually is. I remember seeing a production when I was younger, and everything went completely over my head. Being able to know what the actual story is, and how funny it really is, was interesting. I learned a lot about Shakespeare as a whole and feel like I have more of an appreciation for his work."

- Ashland High School student

Measure for Measure

September 30 – October 16, 2022 | University of Evansville | Production | Evansville, IN, USA

Coriolanus Workshop

September 2022 | Portland Center Stage | Workshop

Romeo & Juliet

April 17-18, 2021 | SUNY at New Paltz | Production | New Paltz, NY, USA


April 22-24, 2022 | Production | The Old Globe USD Shiley Graduate Theatre Program | San Diego, CA, USA

Taming of the Shrew Exploratory Workshop

April 2022 | Exploratory Workshop | Theater Breaking Through Barriers

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

March 10 – 19, 2022 | Portland Shakes & the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics | Production | Vancouver, WA, USA


March 26 – April 3, 2022 | Syracuse University | Production | Syracuse, NY, USA


February 17-19, 2022 | UNCSA | Production | Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Twelfth Night

Fall 2021 | Ashland High School | Play On Shakespeare Masterclass | Ashland, OR, USA


September 11-12, 2021 | SUNY at New Paltz | Production | New Paltz, NY, USA

Merchant of Venice Workshop

July 2021 | Workshop | Cara Mia Theatre

Coriolanus Workshop

2021 | University of San Diego & Old Globe Conservatory | Education Workshop

Two Noble Kinsman

April 7 – 15, 2017 | University of Utah | Production | Salt Lake City, UT, USA

The Tempest Workshop

December 2019 | Workshop | Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan

Example Partner Opportunities

Actors participating in a table read during a Play On Shakespeare workshop.

Pre-Production Workshops

Play On Shakespeare offers workshops to institutions and theater organizations working on Shakespeare productions. Our workshops are catered to the organization, allowing us to help you create the best process for deepening your understanding of Shakespeare and making his texts accessible for your collaborators and audience. Workshops include a deep analysis of Shakespeare’s texts, facilitated conversations about the play(s), and provided resource materials.

Play On Shakespeare Master Class

The Play On Shakespeare Master Class is a program for high school and university-level students that leads to a full production. Over the course of one semester, students learn charting analysis, workshopping techniques, and rehearse and produce a Play On Shakespeare translation. Our students have the opportunity to work with leading professionals in the industry who serve as guests artists during the program.

Ashland High School students with Lue Douthit and Amrita Ramanan, 2021, Master Class
Actors and Producers around a table discussing scripts.

Try It In Translation Workshop

Try It In Translation is a holistic immersion into the Play On Method—a unique process that explores Shakespeare’s text through translation, making the material more accessible for learners of all ages, specifically catered for teachers and educators. The seminar includes tips and techniques in play analysis, translation exercises, and an opportunity to read and hear several Play On Shakespeare translations. Try It In Translation complements a variety of curriculums and is ideal for educators and practitioners in theater arts, literary studies, and Shakespearean performance.

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