Shakespeare LIVE! Preparing Your Students

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Study Guides

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is committed to making Shakespeare LIVE! a useful and rewarding educational experience for students and teachers alike. This is not just an hour's entertainment, but an educational experience that reinforces students' educational objectives.

Before your performance, teachers have free access to our comprehensive study guide for the play you have selected. We strongly encourage you to select and reproduce material from these guides for your students before they attend the performance. Included are sections on Shakespeare's life and art, a synopsis and background material on the play, performance and writing activities, and questions for further discussion. Your feedback on the Study Guide is welcomed!

Official study guides for the 2018 tour will be available shortly. In the meantime, here are guides that may be helpful:
The Comedy of Errors Study Guide (2013)
Macbeth Study Guide (2015)
Past Study Guides

Audience Etiquette

We encourage you to discuss appropriate audience etiquette with your students. For some, this will be their first experience with live theatre, so please discuss, for example, the difference between live theatre and a movie. This will help make the show more rewarding for all! You may also wish to use the Shakespeare Theatre's audience etiquette handout.

Following the performance, our actors will engage your students in a 10-15 minute discussion of the play and Shakespeare's works.