Directors Lab Shakespeare School Tour

Winter/Spring 2022

“Portland Stage was able to bring Shakespeare to life for my students and provide them with an entry point into a challenging text and language. The actors and staff brought a high level of professionalism and talent, and a unique ability to relate to, engage, and work with students to enhance their understanding of performance and text.”
– Teacher at Gray New Gloucester High School

Professional actors perform a 50 minute adaptation of Midsummer Night’s Dream, followed by a talk-back.  After the performance, students engage directly with the text in an interactive workshop with the actors and creative team. In these workshops, students practice effective communication, creative collaboration, rhetoric, and critical analysis. The program also comes with a comprehensive Resource Guide filled with information and resources about the play we are focusing on. Directors Lab puts Shakespeare’s language into the hands and mouths of the students, empowering them to be the artists, directors, and ensemble with the power to interpret the text and produce meaning.

Further Details for Visits:

  • The program runs February-March.
  • Portland Stage is committed to following any and all safety guidelines outlined by the schools we visit and will engage in these conversations prior to our visit to ensure everyone’s comfort and safety.
  • Performance is 50 minutes.
  • Q & A’s available.
  • After the performance, the students have the opportunity to work with the actors
    they have just seen perform in interactive workshops in their classrooms.
  • Teachers will receive the Resource Guide 1-3 months prior to the visit.
  • Workshops run for 45-60 minutes and can be taught to as many as 8 classrooms total.

Limited Engagements available February & March of 2022.

For pricing and more information, call 207.774.1043 x104 or send us an email. 


Lincoln Middle School responds to Directors Lab’s Romeo and Juliet: