Education Programs 2016/17

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. The “Sonnet Man” is Artist in Residence at the Thomasville Center for the Arts and, for the first time this year, will be performing as a visiting artist in the Mainstage production of As You Like It during our Free Shakespeare at Cascades Park Festival May 12-14, 2017. To learn more about Sonnet Man providing workshops and programming in our Leon County Schools and in Thomasville, email our Education Director, Phil Croton.

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The Southern Shakespeare Company will be hosting the Sonnet Contest again in 2017.
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

The Southern Shakespeare Company will, once again, collaborate with the Tallahassee Film Society this year.  Please check back here to learn more soon!

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 spring production of ShakespeaRE-TOLD, which will be performed on Sunday during the Southern Shakespeare Festival weekend May 12-14th.  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.

We are also partnering this year with Thomasville Center for the Arts to bring wonderful theatre/play opportunities as part of the Art in the Afternoon program.  For more information on any of our Education programs, contact our Director of Education, Phil Croton.