Shakespeare in the Classroom
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival’s year-round education programs provide the means to enrich the lives of young people in our community by nurturing an early appreciation for Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s texts are part of the core curriculum for all students and the Festival provides programs to enhance and enrich their comprehension of the stories and language. Festival education programs will engage students interactively, giving them the opportunity to live and breathe Shakespeare’s stories and characters.
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is a proud member of Kansas City Arts Partners, a sequential arts-in-education program for grades K-12, integrating our community’s arts resources into the curriculum of Greater Kansas City area school districts.
The Play's the Thing! Hamlet
An Introduction to the Study of Hamlet
This interactive workshop introduces students to the rich world of the play Hamlet
Romeo and Juliet: Fortune's Fools
Teaching artists interactively bring to life the story of Romeo and Juliet.
The Art of Argumentation! Julius Caesar
The story of Julius Caesar is a dynamic backdrop for students to explore the power of persuasion and reality of rhetoric.
En garde Bard! Stage Combat
Teaching artists who are also trained combatants will come to your classroom or gymnasium and provide an interactive presentation of stage combat techniques. Safety first!
Shakespeare Off the Cuff
Shakespeare Off the Cuff is an introduction to the world of improvisational acting.
An introduction to the world of William Shakespeare in a fun, interactive way!
Sonnet ShakeUP is a writing workshop offered to prepare students for participation in the Festival's annual sonnet contest.
Poster Prep is a workshop designed for art classes as a launching point for our yearly poster contest.
Shakespeare: Villains and Heroes
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare: Villains and Heroes live at your school or organization! Our touring education performances nurture an appreciation for the art of theatre and the work of William Shakespeare. Our program is intended to complement the work that is being done in the classroom, but is also an enjoyable hour of theatre for anyone. Students and others are provided with an experience that creates a unique world of the play and sheds light on the meaning of some of Shakespeare's most influential texts.