Bring Elm's Teachers to YOU!
Introduce Elm Shakespeare Company’s 20 years of educational and theatrical expertise to your classroom for an immersive theatrical experience your students will never forget.


We’ll customize a curriculum that fits your organization perfectly depending on your learning objectives, number and age of your students, and the number of hours at your disposal.

Students from Elm City Middle School

Students from Elm City Middle School

Whether you want one drop-in class or ‘playshop’ or a full rehearsal period culminating in a final production, our acclaimed teaching artists have the skills and training to give your students a thrilling experience of Shakespeare’s language and storytelling.

Our performance-based, active methodology gets Shakespeare off the page and into the minds and bodies of your students, age 5 to adult. No matter their age, your students will leave an Elm Shakespeare Company residency in love with Shakespeare and wanting more.


Residencies can include detailed project-oriented instruction in...

  • Shakespeare’s language and storytelling

  • Themes, plot, and character in Shakespeare’s plays

  • Shakespeare’s World – how Elizabethan culture influenced the plays

  • Voice for the actor – be heard and understood!

  • Movement for the actor – using your body to create character

  • Stage Combat

  • Clowning and mask work

  • Production and Design – creating props, costumes, & scenery

  • Improvisation and theatre games


Past Partners

Housing Authority of New Haven
Mauro Sheridan Middle School
Survivin' in da Hood

Achievement First
Common Ground High School
Whitney Center

What's Included

What you provide...


We prefer group sizes of 6-15 per teaching artist. You are responsible for enrollment and attendance. Students should have basic English language speaking skills.


Appropriate classroom space (per group of students), a final performance space (that allows all audience members to clearly see the performers), and somewhere to store materials between classes.


A 90-minute minimum class period.

What we provide...


Our pre-screened & background-checked teaching artists are highly trained working professional artists, often with advanced degrees in theater and/or education.


Including worksheets, and scripts indexed to California State Standards or other learning objectives.


Craft and other supplies, including costumes, props and scenery (if your residency includes a production).


All appropriate insurance.


What a Residency Might Look Like...

  • 10 sessions, 2 weeks, 30-40 hours per week

  • Up to 42 Students

  • Classes in Voice, Movement, and Discovering Shakespeare

  • 30 minute production of play (1 play per 14 students)

The "Camp" Model

The "Residency" Model

  • 25 sessions, 10 weeks 2-6 hours per week

  • Up to 50 students

  • Project Learning Centered on a Production of a Play

  • 40 minute final performance (1 play per 14 students)

The "Intensive" Model

  • 1-3 Sessions 2-6 hours total

  • Up to 35 students Ages 10 and up

  • On your feet playshop - OR -

  • Lecture Demo Class

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Tell us a little more...

Fill out the form below and someone from our education team will be in touch to start building YOUR custom program. 


Education Program Manager

Sarah Bowles
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(stage combat, clowning, etc):
We want our class to culminate in a final performance. *
We want our class to culminate in a final performance (20 hours of instruction required) *
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What is your name?
I really like acting and spending time with other actors. I learned a lot about teamwork and how to work with others.
— Brian Lozano, Mauro-Sheridan student

Questions about our Residencies?
We're available by phone or text 203.392.6532
Email: Info@ElmShakespeare.org