Thursday, February 8, 2024

The Latest STNJ Education News for You!






Meet the Cast of LIVE!



The 28th season of Shakespeare LIVE! kicks off on March 6. The 2024 touring company has arrived at the Theatre Factory and rehearsals are in full swing. The tour will travel to four different states, conducting workshops and performing A Midsummer Night's Dream and Julius Caesar for thousands of students in the Mid-Atlantic region. If you know any schools who want to excite their students about Shakespeare, reach out!





Welcome (back) Doug!


Long-time Education Director, Brian B. Crowe, officially stepped into his role as Artistic Director on January 1st of this year and longtime Associate Director of Education, Doug West, has returned to the company to assume the position of Director of Education. 2024 will be Doug's 23rd season with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and he's looking forward to continuing all of the education programs you know and love such as Lend Us Your Ears and Shakesperience, and launching some new programs in 2024.




Short Shakespeare Returns


Mark your calendars! March 9th is the first public performance of the year. The 2024 Educational Shakespeare LIVE! tour will perform A Midsummer Night's Dream and Julius Caesar for public audiences at The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Our 75-minute, family-friendly presentations are a fun first Shakespeare for kids and adults alike, and they have also become a favorite annual event for

Shakespeare fans. 



March 9 @ 11am - A Midsummer Night's Dream*

March 9 @ 2 pm - Julius Caesar

April 23 @ 7:30 pm - A Midsummer Night's Dream**

April 26 @ 8pm - A Midsummer Night's Dream

April 27 @ 11 am - A Midsummer Night's Dream

April 27 @ 2 pm - Julius Caesar


*Relaxed Performance

**Bard's Birthday Bash




Classics for Kids! Kicks off March 9


Classics for Kids!, now in its second year, seeks to foster a love and appreciation for classic literature and theatre in young, burgeoning audiences. The 2024 season will feature an exciting collection of classics, promising an engaging and joyous year of theatre for families. The Spring lineup is:


March 9 - Short Shakespeare: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, relaxed performance

April 13 - The Tanglewood Marionettes: CINDERELLA

June 1 - A Scripts-in-Hand presentation of THE VELVETEEN RABBIT


Fall dates will be announced soon.




Theatre for All: Relaxed Performances


The first Classics for Kids! presentation for 2024 is our relaxed and abridged Short Shakespeare performance A Midsummer Night's Dream on March 9. This performance will be offered in a less formal environment hopefully making it more comfortable and accessible for our patrons with different sensory, communication, movement, and learning needs, as well as younger patrons new to the theatre. 


The Theatre is proud to bring back relaxed programming in an ongoing effort to make theatre more accessible for every patron. For more information on the relaxed format, please check out our accessibility page.





Book Club — Into the Woods


As one of the most iconic settings in fairytales, ancient mythology, and all manner of literary traditions, the Woods remove us from the safety and familiarity of civilization. In a darkened forest, anything can happen as heroes and heroines face mysterious forces, dangerous encounters, and magical experiences that ultimately alter the course of their stories and even their lives.


This spring, join our Shakespeare Book Club as we set forth into the Forest of Arden with one of Shakespeare’s most famed heroines in As You Like It, wander the Welsh woodlands in Shakespeare’s rarely produced fairytale, Cymbeline, and dance with the devil in the woods of 17th century Salem in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.





Bring on the Summer Shakespeare!


The mainstage may be quiet at this time of year, but the Theatre Factory is abuzz with preparations for our summer education programs. Each summer scores of students ages 10-18 explore the world of Shakespeare through performance in our Junior and Senior Shakespeare Corps, while college-age students push their craft to the next level with classes and hands-on experience as interns and acting apprentices in

our Summer Professional Training Program.


Click here to learn more about our college-level Summer Professional Training Internships and Apprenticeships.


Click here to learn more about our Shakespeare Corps for performers

ages 10-18.



Stay tuned for information about new programming!


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