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Bard Basics: Classroom Teacher Training Program

Lantern Theater Company is dedicated to supporting the classroom work of English and Drama teachers teaching the plays of William Shakespeare to students in Philadelphia middle schools and high schools.

Our artistic and education staff have developed deep expertise in producing Shakespeare, making his canon accessible to and enjoyable for audiences of all ages. With our Bard Basics workshops, we share our experience and expertise with you to help students learn Shakespearean language and themes more effectively and effortlessly.

The Lantern is a Pennsylvania-approved Act 48 Continuing Professional Education Provider. In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, we offer Saturday workshops for classroom teachers on a variety of theatrical topics, including acting, directing, Shakespeare, coaching inexperienced actors, and curriculum design.

Conducted at our artistic home at St. Stephen's Theater in Center City Philadelphia, our Bard Basics teacher training sessions are FREE for interested teachers from throughout the Philadelphia area. Past participants include teachers from Academy at Palumbo, Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP), Parkway Center City Middle College, Walter B. Saul High School, and West Catholic Preparatory High School, among others.

Bard Basics Workshop: OTHELLO
Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 10AM to 1PM

  • This free morning workshop will focus on teaching Othello, the Shakespeare play now recommended for 11th grade students in the Philadelphia School District. We have developed a new curriculum, complimentary to the learning goals outlined by the School District of Philadelphia, specifically for teachers new to exploring this play.
  • In the afternoon, we invite you to be our guest at the 2PM performance of the Lantern's mainstage production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, directed by Lantern Artistic Director Charles McMahon. If that afternoon is not convenient for you, we would be happy to accommodate you at another performance prior to June 9th.
  • The registration deadline is Friday, May 17, 2024.

For More Information

To register for a Bard Basics workshop, please contact Talia Speak, Education & Artistic Fellow, at tspeak@lanterntheater.org or 215.829.9002 x106.
Pictured: Lindsay Smiling and Campbell O'Hare in Othello (2020). Photo by Mark Garvin.
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Header Photo: Lawrence Stallings in the world premiere of Me and the Devil (2021); Anthony Lawton and Dave Johnson in Travesties (2022); Melissa Rakiro and Joanna Liao in Twelfth Night (2023); and Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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