Shakespeare Festival St Louis - Educational Resources

Educational Resources

The goal of all Festival education programs is to deepen our community’s appreciation for and connection to Shakespeare, providing only the highest quality theatre education to inspire people of all ages – to creatively engage, explore, and delight in the works of William Shakespeare. Through the Festival’s education programs, students are challenged and engaged while enhancing their ability to read, watch, and perform Shakespeare.


2015 Study Guides

These study guides, carefully crafted by our Education team, offer background information, discussion guides, and activities that will help students prepare for Tour performances and workshops.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Antony & Cleopatra


Guides on Shakespeare

On Shakespeare and His Times

We know a man named William Shakespeare was baptized at Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564, and was buried at Holy Trinity Church in Stratford on April 25, 1616. Tradition holds that he was born three days earlier, and that he died on his birthday—April 23—but this is perhaps more romantic myth than fact. Learn more about the history of Shakespeare, The Globe, Elizabethan England and theatre in 16th and 17th Century. DOWNLOAD

On Shakespeare’s Plays

Shakespeare’s canon includes 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two epic narrative poems. During his lifetime, many of his plays were published in what are known as Quarto editions, frequently without receiving the playwright’s permission. The Quartos are mostly flawed versions containing added material or missing entire passages from the original works. Learn more about Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and language. DOWNLOAD

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 38 plays with us by taking part in SHAKE 38 MORE


Archived Study Guides

2014 – FAMILY OF KINGS 2014 – AS YOU LIKE IT
2014 – Shakespeare on Bullying 2013 – TWELFTH NIGHT
2012 – OTHELLO 2011 – THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
2010 – HAMLET 2009 – THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
2003 – MACBETH