Transform: Residency

Building on the many successes and strengths of STC’s Text Alive! program over the past 25 years, we are pleased to offer a new Residency informed by our ever-changing society and field to provide students with the opportunity to help transform the future of the classics in the theatre. 

Over the course of eight sessions, students explore three plays covering the wide range of Shakespeare’s plays, other classics, and works that use the past to help process, explain, and cope with the presentputting the classics in action.

The Experience 

In the first half of the Residency, students will explore acting, language, and design and touch on the plots of three thematically related works.  In the second half, students will select one play as a focus and will dive deeper into its plot and themes. With their teacher and teaching artist, they will prepare and rehearse a showcase of scenes, come up with a design concept, and have plenty of opportunities to draw personal connections—integrating elements of current cultural and social events in their staging—and take ownership of the experience.  

NEW! School Night at STC 

Each school group will have the opportunity to perform their showcase at STC and invite their families to attend. After this performance and as part of School Night at STC, we will provide students and their guests with tickets to attend an evening performance of the Shakespeare play onstage that semester—Much Ado About Nothing in the fall and King Lear in the spring.  

School groups part of the Residency will also be offered tickets and bus transportation to a student Matinee performance of those productions.  


Participating teachers will have the opportunity to connect with each other to share experiences and tips, and to work alongside their Teaching Artist to activate the classics in their classrooms.  

Interested being part of our inaugural cohort?