Our educational mission is to help students overcome the fear of complex and intimidating text, allowing them to fully benefit from Shakespeare’s great works. Through Theatre Arts and the knowledge of Shakespeare, we help students become inspired, enriched, and give them the opportunity to learn to express themselves in better and more positive ways.
Shakespeare’s texts touch on experiences many individuals face in life…bullying, friendship, honesty, lying, deceit, relationships, courage and even advice: “This above all: to thine own self be true”, an example from Hamlet. These are all relatable issues our children face. Through Acting and Shakespeare exercises, our educational programs give students a new perspective that helps them gain confidence, gives them a voice and an outlet, which can lead to positive change. Our programs can even help define their career path.
SDP offers several variations of in-school performances and residencies to fit the particular needs of individual schools, and each is easily adaptable to fit the school’s goals and budgets. We know that with the current budget constraints, it is more important than ever for us to make the greatest effort to share culture and the arts with students. We provide an all-inclusive in-class program designed specifically to help students grades 6 to 12 unlock the magnificent world of William Shakespeare. SDP has aligned our programming to the Common Core Standards. All of our lessons and performances are led by trained Shakespearean actors, giving students the opportunity to explore the language through “page to stage” exercises, culminating in a complete understanding of the Bard’s text. These teachings smoothly translate to classes, as well as essays, and exams.
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To schedule a workshop or residency program, call us at (716) 856-4533 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our 2019 Summer Season, we were proud to collaborate with Wegmans on two exciting projects. Our Family Friendly Guide, sponsored by Wegmans was inserted into our summer playbills for families to learn more about our summer productions. The Family Friendly Guide is made up of games and activities like crossword puzzles, word searches, and more to help our young audience members engage with what’s happening onstage.
Along with the Family Friendly Guide, we are thrilled to have incorporated Wegmans Wednesdays into our summer programming. Two Wednesday evenings during our summer season were designated for family-oriented activities at the top of Shakespeare Hill. With the help and sponsorship of Wegmans, we hosted face-painting, mask-making, arts & crafts, and even play sword fighting! Families joined us for an hour of fun activities before sitting down to enjoy our summer productions.
Stay tuned for our 2020 Wegmans Wednesdays dates!