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Teaching Shakespeare Workshops, a partnership between the ESU and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Librarygive teachers nationwide the tools that they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms. These workshops are lead by experts from the Folger National Teacher Corps and focus on the Folger Four (scholarship, performance, curriculum and assessment). 


The workshop (scheduled for June 24 & 25, 2014) is postponed.  If you want to stay updated on this program, please email Mallory Farrands at malloryfarrands@gmail.com to be put on our mailing list. 

2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensive: Romeo and Juliet

(Formerly Shakespeare Set Free Institutes)

June 24 & 25, 2014
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Tentative)

Dixon University Center
2986 N. Second Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Registration fee:

Registration fee includes tuition and $75 teacher toolkit.

Registration Deadline:
June 9, 2014


  • Susan C. Biondo-Hench, Folger Master Teacher
    Sue teaches English and directs the Shakespeare Troupe at Carlisle High School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  In 1984 she attended the first Teaching Shakespeare Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library and became an immediate convert to teaching Shakespeare through performance.  Sue has served on staff for TSI 1998, 2008, 2010 and 2012, and she received the first Shakespeare Steward Award for Innovative Teaching of Shakespeare in American Schools from the Folger.  Most recently, Sue has served on the PBS Educational and Community Outreach Advisory Board for the Shakespeare Uncovered Series, and she is the Competition Liaison Teacher for the 2013-2014 School Year for the English Speaking Union.  Sue may be reached at biondohs@carlisleschools.org.
  • Clark Nicholson, Performance Faculty 
    Artistic Director, Harrisburg Shakespeare Company  
  • Dr. Margaret R. Jaster, Shakespeare Scholar
    Associate Professor of English and Humanities,
    Penn State Harrisburg 
  • Additional Shakespeare Scholar TBA 

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