At The Theater

On Stage with Twelfth Night (Pre-Show)

RECOMMENDED: 7th – 12th Grade
FEE: $5 per person (student matinee ticket not included).

This exciting pre-show workshop prepares your students to experience our production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In just 30 minutes we will have your students immersed in the world of the play, creating a greater understanding of the plot, themes, and major characters. An excellent introduction to Shakespeare!


At Your School

PreK to 5th Grade: Orlando Shakespeare Theater is proud to produce a dynamic Children’s Series featuring professional actors as well as inspiring workshops for students. Our Education Department strives to ignite each student’s imagination and make your curriculum exciting and accessible for learners at every level.

Grades 6 through 12: Our Educational Programs are designed to empower Middle and High School students by encouraging active listening, critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, and creative initiative through a three-step process. First, use our skill-based Curriculum guides to supplement your students’ introduction to a story or play. Second, enjoy a workshop with our Actor/Educators in your classroom, giving your students hands-on experience with the text. Finally, experience the wonder of a live theatrical performance, which will expand your students’ imaginations as we bring the story and characters to life on stage.

For more information about our workshops, residencies, and teacher resources, call our Education Department at (407) 447-1700 ext. 254.

School-day field trip reservations should be made by filling out the appropriate form here.

Elementary School Experiences

Mad for Alexander

RECOMMENDED: 1st – 2nd Grade
FEE: $155 per class (25 students); $500 for 4 classes

During this interactive workshop, students will demonstrate an understanding of the parts of speech (noun, verb, and adjective). Our Actor/Educators lead students in a “Mad Libs” inspired exercise in which they create their very own "Alexander" story they can share with the rest of the class.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Reading, Speaking and Listening, Theater Arts

Magic Tree House Alive

RECOMMENDED: 2nd – 4th Grade
FEE: $155 per class (25 students); $500 for 4 classes

During this interactive workshop, our Actor/Educators encourage your students to act as authors and create story ideas for their own Magic Tree House adventure. Through interactive games and theater exercises, students work in groups to pick a historical central character, time period, and magical object, creating a “snapshot” of story elements using their own bodies as statues. Students are introduced to the theater artist roles of director, stage manager, and actor. Follow-up activities include writing letters to author Mary Pope Osborne explaining their story suggestions and designing book covers based on their ideas.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Reading, Speaking and Listening, Theater Arts

Middle & High School Experiences

Shakespeare Alive Day 1 and (NEW) Day 2! - Supplement to Twelfth Night

Recommended: 7th - 12th Grade
Fee: $155 per class
Classes: (45 - 60 minutes per class)
Limit 30 students per class period

Click Here to View a "Shakes Alive" paraphrasing video.

Shakespeare Alive! is a workshop facilitated by two Orlando Shakespeare Theater Actor/Educators. In day 1, students engage in an interactive plot summary of one of William Shakespeare’s plays. Also in day 1, students paraphrase Shakespearean text, distinguishing between the denotative and connotative meanings of words.

New this year, in day 2, students analyze the scene-work of our actor educators and delve deeper into paraphrasing their scenes (for Twelfth Night only). Teachers can book day 1 or day 2 separately or together for a discount. Shakespeare Alive! is a perfect companion experience to attending a student matinee. Additional curricula available for other Shakespeare titles; workshops can be adapted for 5th and 6th grade.

(NEW) Text-Based Playwriting

Recommended: 6th - 12th Grade
Fee: $155 per class
Classes: (45 - 60 minutes per class)
Limit 30 students per class period

Text-Based Playwriting is a NEW workshop facilitated by two Orlando Shakespeare Theater Actor/Educators. The facilitators will perform two Shakespeare speeches that the students will analyze using text mapping techniques. The students will use that analysis and playwriting techniques to write a short scene.

Text-Based Playwriting is a perfect way to added creativity to your preparations for writing based standardized testing.

Point of View: An Anti-Bullying Workshop

RECOMMENDED: 5th - 12th Grade
FEE: $155 per class (30 students); $500 for 4 classes

Click Here to view a status walk video example.

Up to four classes per day (50 - 60 minutes per class). Point of View is an interactive workshop facilitated by two Orlando Shakespeare Theater Actor/Educators which leads students through an examination of bullying. Using theater games, students explore how the use of gesture, posture, vocal inflection, and verbal content informs status in everyday interactions. The workshop helps students develop a vocabulary which encourages them to endow classmates with higher status. The workshop can be used as a companion to seeing "Twelfth Night" or as a complement to your own curriculum. Limit 30 students per class period.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: Reading, Speaking and Listening, Theater Arts, Social Studies