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Performances for School Groups

Drama Instruction at your School


Our in-schools Shakespeare program provides workshops and residencies designed to meet your needs. Our teachers, all working professionals in the Bay Area theatre community, can supplement your school’s drama program in a variety of ways:

  • Shakespeare in the Classroom
    From one-day workshops to semester-long residencies, we provide exciting and accessible experiences for students of all ages and skill levels.

  • Afterschool Shakespeare Classes
    A great addition to any school’s afterschool enrichment program, classes allow students to explore Shakespeare’s language, characters and themes through games, exercises, and performing scenes and speeches.

  • Shakespeare Performance
    Your school provides the performance space, Marin Shakespeare provides a director, a specially shortened script, and set and costume pieces from our stock. Give your students an opportunity to embody some of the greatest characters ever written.

  • Teacher Training
    Workshops are designed for middle and high school teachers looking for new ways to introduce their students to Shakespeare and make Shakespeare fun.

Shakespeare is just one part of a well-rounded theatre arts education. Our sequential, standards-based in-schools drama program includes improvisation, voice and movement, and scene work from contemporary plays. (Formerly called CAST, this program was originally developed under a grant from the California Arts Council.)

  • Drama in the Classroom
    Our basic program is a 30-week series of classes that cover improvisation, public speaking, and dramatic performance for students in grades K-8. Our instructors work with classroom teachers to tie drama study to the ongoing classroom curriculum.

  • Afterschool Theatre Classes
    Acting, Creative Dramatics, Playwrighting, Voice and Speech, Improvisation, Movement, Stage Combat – focus on one or select a combination. We provide enriching afterschool classes that engage the imagination and build dramatic skills.

  • Performance
    Your school provides the performance space, Marin Shakespeare provides a director, script, and set and costume pieces from our stock. Get your students onstage!


We’ll work with you to create a program that fits your needs. The cost for Will Power and Play Power varies according to the number of hours of instruction, number of students, and the school’s ability to provide funding. Past funding sources have included PTA’s, individual student tuition for afterschool classes, and grants.

Fee Structure

Classroom Visits & Workshops Under 10 hours: $100 per classroom hour.
Classroom Visits & Workshops 10 hours or more: $80 per classroom hour.
Afterschool Classes: $160 per student, 8 week program, 1.5 hours/week.
Performance Rates vary from $3,000 to $9,000, depending on production values.

Classroom Residencies: Full day, up to 6 classes per day, $350 per day.
Classroom Residencies: Full day, up to 6 classes per day, 30 week program: $10,500.

Fees will vary by agreement with your school, depending on the schedules, location and curriculum.

For more information, call our Education Director at 415-499-4487 or email


“They geared the content towards what we wanted or needed help with, they listened to us, and they understood our fears or insecurities with working with Shakespeare.” —High School Teacher, Tamalpais District

Performances for School Groups:

Student Matinees:

Give your students the gift of live theatre!
We offer $10 tickets for groups of 10 or more students; parent drivers and teachers receive the same discount.
Call the Box Office at 415/499-4488 to reserve tickets for your school.

We also offer pre and post performance Classroom Visits; let our artistic staff help introduce the play to your students and deepen their enjoyment of Shakespeare. Contact the Education Department at 415/499-4487 for more information. Classroom Visits are free to schools in Marin County attending Student Matinees.

Teen Touring Company:

To schedule a free performances of the Teen Touring Company at your school, please email or call us at 499-4487 in the Fall. See our Discovery Guide section for more information for teachers.

Click here for more information about the Teen Touring Company.

For more information, call Marin Shakespeare's Education Director at 415-499-4487 or email

Discovery Guides

Our Discovery Guides are designed to help teachers prepare students for Student Matinee and Teen Touring Company performances and include background information, classroom activities, exercises, and more. These Discovery Guides are for the sole use of educators and may not be used for commercial or personal use without written permission from Marin Shakespeare Company. All rights reserved.
Click here to view Discovery Guides available for download

For more background information about the plays, go Behind the Scenes here:

Marin Shakespeare Company

Marin Shakespeare
Box Office Telephone: 415/499-4488
890 Belle Ave, San Rafael, CA, 94901
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