Shakespeare in the Classroom: An Educator's Retreat

Shakespeare in the Classroom: An Educator's Retreat

Friday, March 22, 9:30 am until 3:30 pm
Led by the acclaimed Nia Lynn of the Royal Shakespeare Company

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“Shakespeare in the Classroom!” is a dynamic 5-hour workshop tailored for English and drama teachers, part of the Montague Shakespeare Festival. This Nia Lynn-led session aims to provide teachers with cutting-edge tools and strategies for teaching Shakespeare in a fun and approachable way that goes beyond conventional glossaries.

Workshop Overview:

Innovative Teaching Techniques: Learn creative strategies to introduce Shakespeare’s works in a way that captivates and connects with students of various age groups.

Analyzing Shakespeare with Fun: Discover methods to analyze Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets that are both enjoyable and educational, fostering a deeper appreciation and understanding among students.

Practical Classroom Activities: The workshop includes various hands-on activities that can be directly applied in the classroom, making the learning process interactive and enjoyable.

Workshop Highlights:

Engagement Without Glossaries: Explore how to teach Shakespeare’s language and themes without relying heavily on glossaries, making his works more approachable and relatable for students.

Interactive Learning Approaches: Dive into interactive teaching methods that encourage active student participation, discussion, and exploration.

Building the Perfect Essay: Gain insights into guiding students to write insightful and original essays on Shakespeare’s works derived from their own understanding and enjoyment of the text.

Why Attend?

“Shakespeare in the Classroom!” is more than just a professional development session; it’s an opportunity to transform how Shakespeare is taught and perceived in educational settings. This workshop aims to break down the barriers that often make Shakespeare’s works seem daunting to students, replacing them with a sense of excitement and discovery.

Join Nia Lynn for this enlightening workshop and redefine how you bring Shakespeare to life in your classroom. Foster a new generation of Shakespeare enthusiasts by making his timeless works accessible, enjoyable, and relevant.

The Montague Shakespeare Festival is proud to announce its inaugural season, from March 18 to April 7, at the Shea Theater Arts Center at 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls, MA. This three-week celebration of Shakespeare's timeless works will feature a series of workshops, professional training sessions, and the staging of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The festival is under the artistic direction of Nia Lynn, who brings her experience as voice coach and text coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-upon-Avon) to her role leading the Montague Shakespeare Festival.


With more than 18 years of experience, Nia Lynn has honed the talents of professional actors on some of the most renowned stages globally. Her career spans prestigious institutions such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Donmar Warehouse, London's Young Vic, Horace Mann School in New York, Connecticut's Eugene O'Neill Theatre, and the Fonact School of Acting in France. Nia's expertise encompasses a comprehensive approach to performance, combining voice coaching, body and breath work, and accent and dialect training, making her a sought-after mentor in film, theater, and television.

In the debut season of the Montague Shakespeare Festival, Nia Lynn will lead a series of immersive workshops designed to delve into the intricacies of Shakespearean language. Maggie O’Connor Moore is the Associate Artistic Director.

Space for the following workshops is limited. Discount applies for enrolling in more than one workshop.

ALL 2024 MONTAGUE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS:

Monday, March 18 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Mastering Verse Like A Pro
A 2-hour session to demystify the rhythms and structures of Shakespearean verse. This workshop is designed to help participants find their groove in verse speaking, navigating the complexities of pentameter, trochees, prose, and blank verse. $125 ENROLL

Wednesday, March 20 @ 6:30-9:30pm
Ensemble Building: The Power of Words and Play in Theatre
The art of ensemble theatre through a unique lens. This 3-hour workshop is about the mechanics of collaboration and the profound relationship between language, personal interpretation, and collective creation. $125 ENROLL

Friday, March 22 @ 9:30-3:30pm
Shakespeare in the Classroom: An Educators Retreat!
A dynamic 6-hour workshop tailored for English and drama teachers.
$500. Includes lunch. ENROLL

“Shakespeare in the Classroom!” is a dynamic 5-hour workshop tailored for English and drama teachers, part of the Montague Shakespeare Festival. This Nia Lynn-led session aims to provide teachers with cutting-edge tools and strategies for teaching Shakespeare in a fun and approachable way that goes beyond conventional glossaries.

Saturday, March 23 @ 9:30-11:30am
Making Shakespeare Your Own: A Personal Approach to the Bard
This workshop is designed to help you understand how to make Shakespeare’s language sound natural and relevant, taking it off the pedestal and into your own voice and experience. $125 ENROLL

Monday, 25 @ 6:30-8:30pm
Character Development: Bringing Shakespeare’s Characters to Life
In theatre, embodying a character is both an art and a science, especially in Shakespeare’s complex and layered characters. $125 ENROLL

Tuesday, March 26 @ 6:30-8:30pm
The Art of Speaking Shakespeare’s Sonnets
In this focused session, participants will be able to immerse themselves in the poetic world of Shakespeare’s sonnets. $125 ENROLL

*Performers and stage craft professionals interested in being part of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are encouraged to join the ZOOM call with Nia and Maggie: Saturday, February 10 at 11am EST. on the website

Click Here for Zoom Gathering for Actors, Musicians, and Creative Artisans


The Montague Shakespeare Festival is envisioned by Executive Director Kenny Butler. Proceeds will benefit the Shea Theater Arts Center. This vibrant celebration of Shakespeare's work is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Shea Theater, RiverCulture, and the generous support of The Amherst Cultural Council and a Mass Cultural Council Festival Grant.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors and Underwriters

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Special thanks to the Mass Cultural Council for their vital support this year in the form of a Cultural Sector Recovery Grant for Organizations, as well as a Festivals & Projects Grant. We'd also like to thank the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts for their support in the form of a Flexible Funding grant. We couldn't do this work without you!