Community Arts Partner

Participant Details

Community Arts Partner Name
Young Shakespeare Workshop
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Organizational Statement
A community of young people, teaching artists, alumni and family who care deeply and passionately about performing Shakespeare. Our mission is to give all youth the opportunity and skill to fall in love with words and to celebrate the power of the human voice to illuminate experience.

Young Shakespeare Workshop creates a community of students bound by a love of words from diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds, by working together to develop a depth of understanding for complex language and the attendant skills needed to perform it onstage for an audience. Because there is no tuition, YSW is uniquely positioned to draw together students from all walks of life. The only requirement is a passion for language.

At the White House in 2011, Young Shakespeare Workshop was awarded the nation's highest honor in community based arts training, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, given in recognition of YSW's efforts to bring the highest level of arts training to underserved youth. 


Contact Information

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6523 California Ave SW Ste.214
Address 2

Grade Levels Preferred

Grade Levels Preferred
6th - 8th, 9th - 12th

Artistic Disciplines

Shakespeare is YSW's central focus, but Young Shakespeare Workshop has also done work in Spanish with plays and sonnets by Lope de Vega, Calderon, and Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz.  YSW has also produced plays by modern authors in after-school projects.
Literary Art or Spoken Word/Performance Poetry, Theater


Previous School Partnerships
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Sample Lesson Description: Student / Classroom Residencies
Sample Workshop Description: Teacher Professional Development

Areas of Experience and Expertise

Approved Professional Development Provider
Approved Classroom Residency Provider
Experience with English Language Learners
Experience with Students in Special Education

Lesson Plan

Integrated Art
Cultural Art

Teaching Approach

Teaching Philosophy + Approach
In the words of Hamlet, "Words, words, words."  These are always at the center and the driver of all we do.  Beginning with the text, whether it be sonnets or a particular play, YSW works with teachers to devise the best way to give ownership and excitement to each participant. On-your-feet performance experience is our key to finding the love for words that we always strive to inspire in each student. Our highest aim is for each participant to come away with an enduring love and appreciation for the power of Shakespeare’s words to illuminate and reveal truths about human experience and interaction, particularly thoughts, feelings, and relationships.  And through rehearsal and performance, to cultivate the joy and satisfaction of community collaboration, witness, and celebration that is theatre arts.
Curriculum Integration Possibilities
Humanities Language Arts Theatre History
Special Skills and Areas of Expertise
YSW has experience with many schools and populations ranging from privileged to impoverished. However our primary focus has been towards schools without theatre programs and arts opportunities.  Our summer program, tuition free and open to all brings together participants from all round.  Even so there remain some students unable to take part in the summer and so our academic year work typically focuses energy and resources to making consistent opportunities available to them.  YSW also has been very successful working with ELL students and immigrant populations over the years.
Testimonials from Schools
Erin McIntosh, teacher Rebecca Williams, teacher Rachel Evans, teacher Victoria Bernstein, teacher Barbara Lachman, teacher Suz Babayan, retired librarian Catherine Brown, assistant principal Christie Johnston, teacher Rachel Evans, teacher Jennifer Dunn, teacher Chevas Gary, Youth Services Assistant Davida Ingram, Public Engagement Programs Manager, Seattle Public Library  


95% of the time Young Shakespeare Workshop has brought its own funding raised through grants, donations, and in-kind for school based projects. This is not always possible, of course. Our goal is to pay teaching artists $60 per contact hour. Again not always possible.


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2014 Cleveland H.S. afterschool production, Not As You Like It
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2014 Cleveland H.S. afterschool production, Not As You Like It
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2012 Returning student production, Othello
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2009 Revolving company public school tour, Romeo & Juliet
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2000 Chief Sealth H.S. residency production, King Lear


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