The English-Speaking Union

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

Shakespeare's Globe: This page contains information from our Summer 2019 program. 2020 program information will be posted shortly.


Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance
July 12-30, 2019

Take your teaching of Shakespeare to another level. Go beyond the Bard's words on the page and discover Shakespeare in the context that brought his works to life. Our three-week summer course at Shakespeare's Globe is the best way to learn to teach Shakespeare. This invaluable experience will give you new perspectives that will elevate you as a teacher of Shakespeare.

This program is ideally suited for inquisitive, adventurous English Language Arts teachers willing to work outside their comfort zone.  Although participants engage with Shakespeare's work as texts to be performed, not simply read, "Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance" is not an acting program.  The course is delivered with the knowledge that ELA teachers may have training or experience with performance-based methods of teaching Shakespeare.  Applicants must be currently working as classroom teachers.

  • Read more on the Shakespeare's Globe website
  • The Provoked Wife, The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Measure for Measure will be on the stage at the Globe this summer and will be studied by the group.
  • Review a schedule from summer 2017 for information on the structure of the course. 

Participant Videos

Watch this short video from Danielle Peck, a teacher inspired
by her experience studying with us at Shakespeare's Globe!


Program cost: $4,375

Includes tuition, accommodation, breakfast, and weekday dinners, as well as tickets to three Globe productions.

Program cost does not include travel, travel insurance, medical insurance, or any other incidentals.  Applicants must provide proof of overseas health insurance with application.


This course incorporates approximately 100 contact hours of professional development.  To receive a certificate of attendance, teachers must "turnkey" their learning and lead a professional development seminar back in their school or district.



Closed for 2019. Applications for Summer 2020 will be available in the fall.

Application Instructions:

1.  Compile your application materials:

  • Two letters of recommendation from professional contacts
  • Current CV
  • Proof of overseas health insurance (photo or scan of card)
  • One-page personal statement, detailing what you hope to gain from the course, how you hope it will affect your classroom practice and how you plan on disseminating the practice at your home institution

2.  Complete the TLab Application - Shakespeare's GlobeAll applications must be submitted digitally via this application.


Refund Policy: For cancellations received in writing more than eight weeks prior to the start date of the course, 50% of the total course fee will be retained. The English-Speaking Union regrets that it will not be able to refund any part of the course fee within eight weeks of the start date of the course owing to accident, illness, or any travel disruption due to strike or terror. You are strongly urged to purchase adequate travel and health insurance which also protects against any emergency medical expenses or loss of personal property. All deposits are non-refundable. 

ESU TLab Scholarship Recipients: In addition to the Globe cancellation policy, you are also obligated to repay the ESU for any and all non-refundable payments and deposits, including program fees, any applicable stipends, transportation and other payments.

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