The English-Speaking Union

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

Shakespeare's Globe: 2022 Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance


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Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance
July 8 - 26, 2022

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 in London will provide you with new perspectives and invaluable experiences that will transform the way you teach Shakespeare. 

This program is ideally suited for inquisitive, adventurous Middle or High School teachers with experience teaching English Literature or Drama 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 teachers may have training or experience with performance-based methods of teaching Shakespeare.  Applicants must be currently working as classroom teachers.


Program cost: $4550 

Includes tuition, accommodation at Bankside House with shared bathrooms, breakfast daily, dinner from Friday through Tuesday at The Globe and standing tickets to three Globe productions. Seated tickets are available for purchase.

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


Every year, ESU Branches nationwide generously provide TLab scholarships for classroom teachers in their communities. ESU Branch TLab scholarships are for current classroom teachers attending multi-week courses at Shakespeare's Globe in London, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Oxford.

You may also explore further scholarship and grant resources in our fundraising guide


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.



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)
  • Passport style photo
  • 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 ten 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.

If there is any change in Government guidance around Covid-19* that means that the course can no longer go ahead, either an alternative course date will be offered, or you will be due a refund minus the cost of non-recoverable expenses, capped at 20% of the course fee. 

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 unless the applicant is not accepted to the program. 

*E.g. if travel is restricted by the government between the USA and the UK meaning the course participant cannot travel. This does not include the participant contracting Covid-19 hence why you are required to purchase suitable travel insurance.

ESU TLab Scholarship Recipients: In addition to the Globe cancellation policy, you are also obligated to repay the ESU Branch that awarded you the scholarship for any and all non-refundable payments, including applicable stipends and transportation.

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