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The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s Education Programs seek to enliven and encourage students, empower and support teachers, and establish exciting opportunities for the communities of St. Louis Area Schools.  

School Partnerships

Establish School-Specific Shakespeare Student Productions

For the past 3 years, Resident Teaching Artist Hannah Baartman has created four Shakespeare Programs unique to a partnered school’s needs, values, and communities. 

Over the course of a semester, Hannah administrates, teaches, and directs a Shakespeare play with a school’s students – providing opportunities for students, regardless of experience, to perform for their fellow students, teachers, parents, and community. 

This program has met with great success in:

  • Schools both with and without theater programs 
  • Grades 4-6th, Middle Schools, and High Schools
  • Public and Private schools
  • Secular and Religious Schools

To learn more about how this program could uplift your school, contact Hannah Baartman at

Contact Hannah

School Offerings

Engage Students through Guest School Performances
  • Following the legacy of the Festival Education Tours, student and professional performers are taking abridged Adaptations of Shakespeare’s works on the road! These productions are tailored to student audiences, full of wholesome humor and helpful presentations of Shakespeare’s lengthy plots. 
Enliven Classrooms through Guest Teacher Led Units
  • Whether your Shakespeare curriculum has been long established, just developing, or you’re hoping to engage your students more deeply, the Festival is eager to share its joyful and meaty curriculums with Shakespeare as a Literary giant, Historical character case, and Dramatic genius. 
Exercise and Educate Student Performers through Workshops
  • Shakespeare’s genius becomes immediately evident when students are UP speaking his words! But Acting is already a nebulous task, let alone with archaic phrases and poetry! 

The Festival’s workshops are designed to equip actors with concrete tools to take advantage of Shakespeare’s Acting code as he wove through his lines. Practical methods and exercises are used to empower students to trust their instincts, make choices they are confident about, and overall know what they’re doing onstage! 

To book a touring show, guest teacher appearance, or workshop – contact Education Coordinator Hannah Baartman at 

Workshop Offerings

Meet the Staff