Education Programs 2018/19

Visiting Artists

education1Sonnet Man 
Thanks to a generous grant from the Foundation of Leon County Schools, The Southern Shakespeare Company is proud to host performances and workshops from our special guest artist, Devon Glover, aka “Sonnet Man,” a nationally acclaimed hip hop and spoken word artist who will dazzle audiences with his performances of Shakespeare’s sonnets.


Shakespeare Man 

With support from the Foundation for Leon County Schools, Shakespeare comes to life as students get to see, hear, and question the Bard himself, as devised and performed by Educator, Phil Croton. Our Leon County students learn about Shakespeare’s life during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I, shaking off the dust of Shakespeare’s canon and engaging students in live performances, reading, and analyses of Shakespeare’s work. To learn more about Sonnet Man or Shakespeare Man providing workshops and programming in our Leon County Schools and in Thomasville, email our Education and Outreach Director, Robin Jackson at


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The Southern Shakespeare Company will be hosting the Sonnet Contest again in 2019.
This is your opportunity to try your hand at writing like the Bard!

We will have three separate categories for contest entries: MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, ADULT, HIGH SCHOOL, and MIDDLE SCHOOL.

All finalists will have their sonnet published in the Tallahassee Democrat, and the winning sonnets will be announced and read during the Southern Shakespeare Festival weekend at Cascades Park!

So, what precisely is a sonnet? Shakespeare wrote 14 line sonnets that follow a specific rhythmic and rhyming pattern of iambic pentameter. Shakespeare wrote sonnets about love, loss, and beauty, but you can write a sonnet about ANY subject of your choosing!!! Go wild and crazy…have some fun and then submit your poems to

Special Programming

WFSU Educational Programming

education1The Southern Shakespeare Company has also partnered with WFSU-TV and WFSQ to produce a series of educational programs leading up to the Festival. WFSU-TV presented a three-part series on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and its connections to the natural landscape of North Florida. The Eco-Shakespeare series features performances from SSC company members and local biologists, naturalists and a Shakespearean Scholar as they explore the connections between the setting of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the forest of Athens, and the forests of North Florida, and is available here to view.


The Bardlings  

The Bardlings are Southern Shakespeare’s Junior Company of actors, comprised of middle and high school student actors, providing young artists with dramatic training, including voice, character, and movement, as well as classical Shakespearean experience and performance opportunities.  


Workshops and Intensives

Working closely with Leon County School administrators and teachers, the Southern Shakespeare Company continues to offer immersive classroom experiences for children to explore Shakespeare’s language, themes and characters. Please contact our Education and Outreach Director, Robin Jackson, if you would like your students to participate in these intensives.


After-School Programs
Southern Shakespeare offers a drama club as part of both the Walker Ford and LeVerne Payne Community Center after-school programs. It is a weekly club through the fall and spring semesters. As part of our continually expanding outreach program, it offers the children of our community the chance to enjoy not only the joy of acting and drama, but also of Shakespeare, from a very early age.