Critically Conscious Shakespeare: Close Reading Strategies for Interpretive Choice

Spring 2022

4 In-person Sessions: February 24 & 25, 10 AM – 4 PM, at HERE Arts Center (145 6th Ave, NY, NY 10013)

                                      April 21 & 22, 9 AM – 4 PM, at location TBD

Online Reflective Support: 7 hrs during March

(30 hours total)

For teachers of grade levels 6–12

Fee: $90 (includes admission to TFANA’s production of Merchant of Venice)

EXTENDED Deadline to register: Monday, February 21, 2022, 11:59 PM EST

*NYC DOE Teachers: To receive full CTLE and salary differential A+/P credit for this course you must *ALSO* register with ASPDP on their website. If you do not complete the ASPDP registration by their registration deadline of Feb 23, you will not be eligible for A+ or P credits towards your salary differential. If you have questions about using ASPDP courses towards the salary differential, please email ASPDP at

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How does Shakespeare fit into a culturally responsive curriculum? In this course co-taught by practitioners from Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), participants will engage in the active performance-based “rehearsal room” approaches to teaching Shakespeare utilized by both theater companies. These activities unlock close readings of rich texts and empower students to utilize critical thinking skills to make their own interpretive choices.

Participants will learn how to apply these practices to any rich text intended for performance, and how to incorporate these creative and reflective teaching strategies into their own classrooms to affirm student identities, increase student engagement, and encourage connections across cultures.

**Please note that proof of full vaccination and photo ID are required for entry into TFANA’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center.**