Shakespeare: The Remix - Workshops & Study Guides

A performance of Shakespeare: The Remix connects directly to the classroom. For detailed information on curriculum links and related activities that your teachers or our workshop leaders can bring to your students, check out TheatreWorks’ 27-page Shakespeare: The Remix Study Guide (PDF).

Remix workshopThe authors and actors of The Remix can lead hands-on workshops in which the writing and acting techniques introduced in the play are broken down for students as they begin to write and perform their own sonnets, raps, monologues, and scenes. Workshops can culminate in public student performances of the work they’ve created.

On its own, without workshops, Shakespeare: The Remix is still a powerful educational tool…

Featuring monologues and dialogues from:

  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Merchant of Venice

Answering burning questions such as:

  • Is Lady Macbeth a good female role model?
  • Can you dance to iambic pentameter?
  • What’s the secret to great writing?
  • Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?

Connecting Shakespeare to today’s students in vital ways:

  • Promotes using writing to express yourself as an alternative to violence.
  • Explores the ways in which Shakespeare and hip hop play with, and invent, language.
  • Teaches how to translate Elizabethan English into standard and hip hop English!
  • Demonstrates the universal resonance of the emotions and dilemmas of Shakespeare’s characters.
  • Shows how Shakespeare and the best hip hop share a knack for strong, human drama and important social themes.

Curriculum Links: Literature, Language Arts, Theater Arts, Social Studies, Life Skills (Violence Prevention)

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