A Shakesperience: A New Way of Introducing Shakespeare to your Students

What value does Shakespeare offer in today’s world? How does Shakespeare fit in today’s curriculum? Join us in person as we consider these questions with the help of A Shakesperience, our bold, new, FREE resource for introducing Shakespeare’s plays to students.

This 60-minute video (divided into short chapters) challenges assumptions and traditions about Shakespeare and invites new ways of thinking about his characters, language, and stories. Our goal is to empower students to explore Shakespeare’s plays and interpret them in their own ways.

In this session, we’ll share some clips from A Shakesperience, introduce the companion curriculum, and discuss the project’s underlying philosophy. Then we’ll take time to actively explore the companion curriculum together. Printed handouts will be provided, while the video and companion curriculum are available for free here.

Target Audience


To Bring/Important Notes

  • Your preferred method of notetaking (optional)
  • An open heart and a curious mind!
  • Handouts will be provided


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Room E402
Sullivan Heights Secondary School

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  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festibal
    Bard Education

    Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is Western Canada’s largest professional Shakespeare Festival. Bard’s Education team provides programming for people of all ages and levels of experience, and is committed to inspiring community through dynamic, engaging experiences of Shakespeare. We take a person-first approach to this work, celebrating individual identity while nurturing compassion and collaboration through Shakespeare’s language and stories.

    Katie Johnstone (Education Manager)?studied Community Arts Education and completed her Master's in Arts Leadership at Queen's University.?Melanie Hiepler (Education Coordinator) is an arts administrator and opera singer with a background in World Literature and Education. Santana Berryman (Education Assistant) is a teaching artist and arts administrator with a background in TEFL who has worked in schools and theatres across Canada.