"The Sidney E. Frank Foundation believes in the power of Shakespeare to inspire a love of literature and theater in students, and we are delighted to support the Royal Shakespeare Company's excellent educational programs in the United States."
Amy Holmes, Sidney E. Frank Foundation
The RSC has worked with thousands of teachers, students, policy makers and theater companies across the UK to explore new ways of making Shakespeare accessible to children in schools.
Having witnessed inspirational teaching, the RSC has derived three clear principles about how to involve young people with Shakespeare:
- See Shakespeare live
- Start Shakespeare earlier
- Do Shakespeare on your feet
We are now transplanting this philosophy and practice to US schools, working with American educators through a three-year partnership with Ohio State University, to enrich the education of thousands of schoolchildren in grades 1-12 across America.
“Working with an urban student population that challenges the structure of our education system daily. SUFSA has forever impacted myself and my students. It has challenged us to enter the imagined world of Shakespeare's plays to find real life lessons and shown that, despite our differences, we share the bond of the human experience that only drama can bring to life in the classroom through Shakespeare's eternal words.”
Megan, Teacher, New York Symposium July 2011
Read more about Stand up for Shakespeare America at Ohio State University.
You too can Stand Up for Shakespeare by downloading the Manifesto or the RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers.
In July 2011 the RSC performed its specially-designed a series of Young People’s Shakespeare plays to American audiences for the first time.
A three-year partnership between the RSC and OSU aims to raise the aspirations, achievements and literacy of children and young people.