Folger Shakespeare Fellows

Posting an email I received about a cool opportunity available for students:



Dear Teachers in our DC Metropolitan area:


We have just posted information about our 2014 High School Fellows Program . I am sending this note off to you quickly because I hope that some of your students will apply. If this program is new to you, read on . . . and hop on the web and read further. If the program is familiar to you, know that there are some changes in the program this year: kind of a theme in Folger Education these days, no? We think that the changes will give students a stronger course, the opportunity to focus a bit more on scholarship in addition to performance, and a chance to actually work with materials in the Folger collection. We also hope that reducing the number of classes to one per week will enable more students to apply and participate.




A quick nuts-and-bolts review: · We are looking for applications from rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders in high schools across the DC metropolitan area. · Fellows will meet once per week—every Monday from 3:45-5:15 from Monday, September 8th through Monday, December 8th. · Fellows will also attend two Saturday performances and meet with the actors afterwards: Julius Caesar (performed by the Folger Theatre company) and King Lear (performed by Shakespeare’s Globe, London). · Fellows will be required to read three plays and assorted criticism as assigned, and to write a solid paper. · Many local high schools choose to award credit for this course. · All Fellows are awarded full scholarships. In addition, special funds are available for students who would have to give up an after-school job in order to accept a Fellowship, and/or for students who have significant transportation challenges.


In short, participating as a High School Fellow at the Folger offers students a college-level course with (a) lectures, discussions, and workshops with leaders in their fields, (b) a chance to work in a rare book library, and (c) a special window into two compelling theatre performances. Overall, a pretty singular experience. Most Fellows since the first class (1981) have felt that it was a significant and powerful experience. Please pass this information on to any of your students who would be interested candidates. We’d love them to apply. Applications can be downloaded at . Please email with any questions: Thanks and cheers, PO’B

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