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Shakespeare's Globe: Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance


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Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance (TSTP) 2023 Information for Reference Only

2024 Available in December 

July 17 - August 4, 2023

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.


2023 Program Cost: $5400

TSTP Program Cost includes tuition, accommodation, breakfast daily, dinner Monday through Friday and standing tickets to three Globe productions. Seated tickets are available for purchase.  Participants will be responsible for all midday meals and weekend evening meals

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

Accommodations are in small, single rooms with a private bath at Kings College London's Stamford Street Apartments just across the river from the Globe (Waterloo station).  

Please note, no friends, family members, or children of any age or pets will be permitted to accompany you or be accommodated at housing during any part of this high-level, residential academic program.


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 2023 TLab Application - Shakespeare's GlobeAll applications must be submitted digitally via this application.

Application Deadline: Saturday, April 1, 2023


Cancellation Policy:

If you are unable to attend the program, you must notify the ESU immediately in writing at and when applicable cc the ESU Branch that awarded a TLab Branch Scholarship. Fees already paid to the Globe will be returned according to the Globe's cancellation policy, as specified in their materials. ESU Branch TLab Scholarship Recipients will be personally liable for additional TLab fees such as stipend and/or airfare if disbursed or paid prior to departure in the event of a withdrawal.

If the State Department of the United States announces a "no travel" policy or the Globe cancels a program, fees paid to the institution will be returned according to the individual school's cancellation policy, as specified in their materials.

International Airfare:

It is highly recommended to:

1. Not book international airfare until you have received your email acceptance to the 2023 TSTP program directly from The Globe.

2. to book only a changeable/refundable flight.

ESU TLab Branch Scholars do Not book international airfare until given permission by your ESU Branch. 

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