Education Programs 2017/18

Sonnet Man 
education1Thanks 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.  To learn more about Sonnet Man providing workshops and programming in our Leon County Schools and in Thomasville, email our Education Director, Phil Croton.

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 Education Director, 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.

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The Southern Shakespeare Company will be hosting the Sonnet Contest again in 2018.
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

Classes and Workshops

Romeo is Bleeding

Opening Nights at FSU and South Arts’ Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is screening Romeo is Bleeding:


“A fatal turf war between neighborhoods haunts the city of Richmond, CA. Using his voice to inspire those around him, Donté Clark and the like-minded youth of the city mount an urban adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’, starting real dialogue about violence in the city.”

SOUTHERN SHAKESPEARE COMPANY and The Village Square will moderate a Q & A session after the screening with filmmaker Donté Clark. For more information on this event and to purchase tickets, click here.

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.  

The Bardlings are currently workshopping and rehearsing for the fall production of ShakespeaRE-TOLD II, which will be performed on December 12th & 13th at GOODWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS.

The Bardlings Spring production of Eighth Night, adapted from William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, will be May 2nd & 3rd at 7:30 pm at GOODWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS and May 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th at 6.30 pm at CASCADES PARK during the Southern Shakespeare FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK Festival! 

For more information on how to become a Bardling or to learn more about our upcoming production, contact Bardlings Director, Bianca Montague.

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 Director, Phil Croton, if you would like your students to participate in these intensives.

After-School Programs
After last year’s very successful pilot program at the Walker-Ford Community Center, we are pleased to, once again, include a drama club as part of the Walker Ford Community Center after-school program. It is a twice-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.