Student Programs

We love to welcome young people to our buzzing community of scholars, actors, directors, teachers, docents, curators, and conservators. Folger Education offers all kinds of programs for all kinds of students.

Shakespeare in Action workshops

Our Shakespeare in Action workshops are interactive and lively learning programs that give students the opportunity to participate in our nationally recognized performance-based learning techniques.

Lily McKee High School Fellowship Program

Local high school students are invited to apply for a fellowship to study Shakespeare and the humanities with scholars, theater professionals, Folger staff, and peers from all over the DC metro area.

Student matinees

Student matinees are offered for Folger Theatre productions each year. This program includes pre-show materials and post-show conversation with actors.

Student festivals

Festivals are held each year in our theater. Students in grades 7–12 are eligible to perform at the Secondary School Festival in February. Students in grades 3–6 are invited to participate in a one-day, full Folger experience during the completely redesigned Emily Jordan Folger Children's Shakespeare Festival in the Fall and Spring.

School residencies

Our school residencies consist of local and satellite programs working throughout the school year, helping students work together to live inside Shakespeare's language and prepare a public demonstration of learning, often at a Student Shakespeare Festival. Some programs include student matinee performances, stage combat workshops, and professional development opportunities for teachers and teaching artists.