Education Programs 2019/20

Update from Robin Jackson, Education and Outreach Director:

It is a busy year ahead for our Educational Outreach team, as we deliver workshops and intensives, produce multiple touring shows, and bring Sonnet Man and Shakespeare Man to our Leon County school students!

This year we will be presenting two touring shows, A Town Divided and A Mini Midsummer Night’s Dream.

We will begin a new and exciting partnership with Making Light Productions with our weekly after school Much Ado About Acting class!

As always, our junior company, The Bardlings will be hard at work writing their own fall showcase, ShakespeaRE-TOLD IV – Taming of The Who…? and performing an abridged version of The Taming of the Shrew at our Southern Shakespeare Festival in May 2020.

Check back here for exciting updates, photos, and videos of our 2019/20 year!

Robin Jackson
Director of Education and Outreach


The Bardling’s Present: ShakespeaRE-TOLD IV (December 6th & 7th)

Sonnet Contest (March-April)

The Bardling’s Present: The Taming of the Shrew (May 9th & 10th)

Shakespeare Camp (June)

For information on these educational programs, our junior acting troupe (The Bardlings), or in-school or after-school programs, contact Education and Outreach Director Robin Jackson at

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 Leon County School Board, 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 beyond, email our Education and Outreach Director, Robin Jackson at


Sonnet Contest

The Southern Shakespeare Company will be hosting the Sonnet Contest again in 2020.
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, and ADULT.

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. 

Click here to learn about The Bardlings, the junior acting troupe of the Southern Shakespeare Company!


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.