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School Programs

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

 The Play's the Thing! Hamlet Teacher Guide


Romeo and Juliet: Fortune's Fools

Grades 3-9

Teaching artists interactively bring to life the story of Romeo and Juliet.

 Romeo and Juliet: Fortune's Fools Teacher Guide


The Art of Argumentation! Julius Caesar

Grades 7-12

The story of Julius Caesar is a dynamic backdrop for students to explore the power of persuasion and reality of rhetoric.

 The Art of Argumentation! Julius Caesar Teacher Gu


En garde Bard! Stage Combat

Grades 6-12

  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!

 En Garde Barde! Stage Combat Teacher Guide


Shakespeare Off the Cuff

Grades 4-12

Shakespeare Off the Cuff is an introduction to the world of improvisational acting.

 Shakespeare Off the Cuff Teacher Guide


Bard Basics

Grades K-6

 This program introduces elementary aged students to the world of William Shakespeare in a fun, interactive way!

 Bard Basics Teacher Guide


Sonnet ShakeUP

Grades 4-12

Sonnet ShakeUP is a writing workshop offered to prepare students for participation in the Festival's annual sonnet contest.

 Sonnet Shake Up Teacher Guide


Poster Prep

Grades 4-12

Poster Prep is a workshop designed for art classes as a launching point for our yearly poster contest.

 Poster Prep Teacher Guide


Shakespeare Alive!

Grades 4-12

Shakespeare Alive is for classrooms interested in a more in depth look at the works of the world's greatest playwright.