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NMSF Educational Outreach Program

Our Educational Outreach Program includes Shakespeare Comes Alive!, Will Power, and Inside the Rehearsal Hall.  Due to funding we’ve received in the form of grants and sponsorships, many of these activities are completely free of charge.  For more information please contact Education Director, Debi Kierst at: 



We come to you! If you have a classroom full of students studying Shakespeare, a group of adults interested in performing or learning more about Shakespeare in performance, or even a group of young children eager to learn more about “playing” Shakespeare, we can help! We can tailor these presentations to your needs. Following are some examples:

  • Actors perform scenes and monologues from a variety of plays and talk about the character development process.

  • Directors and/or designers discuss the process through which they take a script and prepare to mount it for production.

  • Actors and/or Directors create workshops to teach Shakespeare in performance.

  • Actors and/or Directors provide feedback to aspiring performers on prepared material.


WILL POWER  (Summer classes for individual students)  

These classes are Shakespeare-based and open to all ages. Taught by educator and actor/director Jeff Dolocek, students will discover The Bard, by reading, writing, analyzing, memorizing and performing the words of William Shakespeare through his sonnets as well as monologues and scenes from his plays. (There is a fee for these classes. Please see the Vortex Theatre website for more information:

IN THE REHEARSAL HALL (Pre-recorded video and video conferencing)

  • They’re some of the greatest stories and most interesting and multi-layered characters in the English language.  They have the ability to teach us what it truly means to be human,  but they can be so hard to understand!  How do you even begin to comprehend what Shakespeare is trying to tell us through his plays?  Join the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival company as we bring you into the rehearsal space and show you how we approach this challenging language.  Through a series of video presentations (and/or video conferencing with your class if you like!), we will show you methods of interpreting meaning, developing character, staging movement, and through it all, we hope you’ll see just why these plays still speak to us over 400 years later.     

  • Videos are available on our YouTube Channel:


  • Additionally, on our YouTube channel, we have included last year’s summer season Hamlet, and Twelfth Night (a bilingual version adapted by Director Ana Maria Campoy).

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