"Living, Breathing Shakespeare" Workshop Curriculum

Our flexible workshop program is ideal for teachers looking to supplement their Shakespeare curriculum. Living, Breathing Shakespeare introduces students to the actor's process—the technique employed by professional actors as they work to get to the heart of Shakespeare's text.

Students will participate in scene work by following the approach employed by professional actors. Capital Classics artists will take the group through a customized curriculum that can include the study of:


A basic approach to textual analysis focusing on the meaning of the language, specifically answering: "what am I saying and why?" By analyzing the text in order to discover a character's motive, students understand the intrinsic meaning of Shakespeare's language.


A clear understanding of Shakespeare's language leads to a discovery of the play's action. In this phase of the workshop, students apply actable verbs to the character's situation. In doing so, they interpret the dialogue to learn what a character wants, what a character does in order to get what he/she wants, and what obstacles a character encounters.


The process of analyzing character and relationships. The list of questions to ask include: what is a character like? What does Shakespeare reveal about a character through language and action?


In this final phase, students bring all the elements together and put the scene on its feet. They embody their understanding of language, action, character and relationships while having fun and tapping in their own ability to play.

Living, Breathing Shakespeare meets the following State of Connecticut Curriculum Content Standards:

  • Students will act by developing, communicating and sustaining characters.
  • Students will make connections between theatre, other disciplines and daily life.
  • Students will analyze, critique and construct meanings from works of theatre.

To request more information, contact Laura Sheehan: lauras@capitalclassics.org


Students works with Shakespeare's text in preparation for their final performance.