Programs & Activities

Shakespeare Teacher Programs

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Shakespeare Teacher Intensives, a partnership between the ESU and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library, are two-day, low-cost, non-residential institutes for teachers.  Using the Folger's smart materials and easily adapted methods, the Institutes teach performance-based approaches to Shakespeare.

2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensive: romeo and juliet

Co-sponsored by the Office of Arts and Special Projects, New York City Department of Education

July 24 & 25, 2014
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM 

ESU Headquarters
144 E. 39th St.
New York, NY 10016

Registration fee:
$250 (includes tuition and $75 teacher toolkit)

Some scholarships available for full-time NYC public school teachers. To apply, complete the application and return by June 23, 2014 to:  Katharine Moran at

Registration Deadline:
June 30, 2014

  INSTRUCTORS FOR the 2014 Program

  • Gina Voskov, Folger Teacher Corps Member
    Ms. Voskov is a middle school English and Humanities teacher at the United Nations International School, where she has taught since 2008. She previously lived and taught in Campinas, Brazil, and New Haven, Connecticut where she was the first blogger (when blogging was new) for The New Haven Independent. She is a member of the Folger Shakespeare Library National Teacher Corps and attended the Folger's 2012 Teaching Shakespeare Institute.
  • Emily Davis, Performance Faculty
    Ms. Davis works as a Shakespeare Consultant in schools and arts institutions around New York City. She taught Teaching Shakespeare through Performance to graduate students in the City College Educational Theatre Master's Program and has also taught Shakespeare at UC Davis and Manhattanville College. Emily has worked with various organizations including:  New York City Department of Education, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Shakespeare Society, NYC Student Shakespeare Festival (CAT), National Shakespeare Company, Classics On Tour, American Globe, Arts Connection, Peoples Theatre Project. She is the author of study guides for Private Romeo (film) and As We Like It (theatre). Emily is also the founder and Artistic Director of Messenger Theatre Company.
  • Dr. Sid Ray, Shakespeare Scholar
    Dr. Ray is a professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University in New York City, where she has served as Chair of Women's and Gender Studies and as Interim Chair of English.  Her research and teaching interests range from Shakespeare and early modern drama to early modern women writers and performative identities. Her teaching innovations include Shakespeare through performance and de-centering the classroom. Dr. Ray is the author of numerous works, including: Mother Queens and Princely Sons:  Rogue Madonnas in the Age of Shakespeare (2012), Holy Estates:  Marriage and Monarchy in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries (2004) and "Marlow(e)'s Africa: Postcolonial Queenship in Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' and Marlow(e)'s Dido, Queen of Carthage" (2006). She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.
  • Dr. Christopher Hodgkins, Shakespeare Scholar
    Dr. Hodgkins is a Professor of Renaissance Literature at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.